One patient praised LINX: "This device has changed my life. I suffered from GERD for years. Now I can eat what I want, when I want, and where I want.On Monday, April 9, Santiago Horgan, MD, chief of minimally invasive surgery at UC San Diego Health System implanted the new FDA-approved LINX device in a 29-year old patient suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)... The LINX system is composed of a series of titanium beads, each with a magnetic core, that are connected to form a ring shape. It is implanted at the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a circular band of muscle that closes the last few centimeters of the esophagus and prevents the backward flow of stomach contents.
Here is the UCSD press release/story.
Nashville's News5 includes an interview with Dr. Horgan about LINX
One patient's account from the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, March 2012
And a video from WebMD about the magnetic band surgery option
For me? No -- but anything avoiding lifelong medication is something to applaud.
Addendum: Still, surgery is surgery -- even minimally invasive surgery. I'd rather work with my food intake and stress management as a way to control symptoms.