Max Inman from Surfside Beach, SC suffered from heartburn since he was a teenager. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disease that affects the esophagus and the stomach. It can cause food and stomach acid to flow into the esophagus, leading to burning, pressure and pain. Long-term, GERD can lead to esophageal bleeding or ulcers, coughing, hoarseness and may be a precursor to esophageal cancer. Although it can often be treated with lifestyle modifications or medication, some patients with chronic or severe GERD may require surgery.
In late 2012, Max became one of the first patients in SC to undergo a new procedure to treat GERD. Dr. David Adams from MUSC implanted the LINX Reflux Management System via a minimally invasive procedure, which involved placing a small, flexible ring of magnetic titanium beads around Max’s lower esophagus. The device helps keep stomach contents from flowing back into the esophagus, but is flexible enough to allow food to pass into the stomach. LINX helps avoid some of the side effects of traditional GERD surgery, and enables patients to return home the same day or day after surgery and return to a normal diet immediately. MUSC was the first in South Carolina and among the first 20 institutions in the country to perform the LINX procedure.
Watch Max’s story about having the LINX procedure at MUSC.