Press Release

For Immediate Release
Dec 3, 2018
Contact : Kevin Israel, Hackensack Meridian Health  
732-739-5918
Kevin.Israel@hackensackmeridian.org

Bayshore Medical Center Surgeons Perform Their First LINX® Reflux Management System Procedure

LINX, a revolutionary new treatment solution for patients with the most severe cases of acid reflux, strengthens the lower esophageal sphincter  

Holmdel, NJ - Surgeons at Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center performed their first LINX® Reflux Management System procedure on Monday, October 8. The LINX device, a revolutionary new treatment solution for patients with the most severe cases of acid reflux, is a bracelet of magnetic titanium beads that is implanted laparoscopically to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).

“At Bayshore Medical Center, we are committed to providing the highest quality care by adopting cutting- edge technology,” said Ray Fredericks, regional president, Central Market, Hackensack Meridian Health. “So many of our patients suffer from acid reflux, and this new treatment option will offer them a great alternative that will improve their health and well-being.”

Patients with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) have a weak LES muscle, which is the muscle that allows food to enter and remain in the stomach. Patients with GERD suffer from heartburn, regurgitation or nausea. The magnetic attraction between the beads in the LINX device helps keep the LES closed to prevent reflux and improve the patient’s quality of life.

“Bayshore Medical Center is proud to offer LINX as a new, modern alternative to our patients who suffer from acid reflux,” said Richard Greco, D.O., board certified and specializing in general and bariatric surgery, Bayshore Medical Center. “The LINX procedure will help improve the quality of life for so many of our patients who struggle with acid reflux but have been unable to address it with medication or diet changes.”

LINX is a minimally-invasive, same day procedure that can be completed in less than an hour. It is a permanent, drug-free alternative form of treatment for GERD patients. LINX is approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

For more information about services available at the Center for Bariatrics at Bayshore Medical Center, please call 732-739-5925 or visit www.bayshorehospital.org.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center

Bayshore Medical Center is a 211-bed, not-for-profit community hospital located in Holmdel, New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including: emergency medicine, cardiac catheterization, surgical services, wound care, sleep services, diagnostic imaging, women's services with digital mammography, as well as a designated primary stroke center. Its Center for Bariatrics is one of the most comprehensive in the region offering free informational sessions, pre-surgical education and evaluation, personal guidance through the surgical process, nutritional support, exercise components and support groups. Bayshore Medical Center is Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality (MBSAQIP) accredited. For more information, visit http://www.bayshorehospital.org/.