Free Seminar on Ground-Breaking Treatment for Chronic Acid Reflux Held Sept. 5

9/4/2013

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Lexington, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2013) — Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, will hold a free, public seminar to highlight its newest treatment for chronic gastroesophagealreflux disease (GERD) on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. in Blakely Auditorium, located at 1 Saint Joseph Drive. Saint Joseph’s is the first hospital in Kentucky to offer the LINX procedure.
 
The seminar will be led by Jason Harris, M.D., advanced laparoscopic and general surgeon with Bluegrass Surgical Group, who will share the benefits of the LINX treatment and how it is positively impacting the lives of hundreds of chronic heartburn and acid reflux sufferers. Patients with GERD who do not respond well to traditional medications are ideal candidates for this minimally invasive procedure.
 
GERD is a costly and widespread problem in the United States. According to a recent study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 60 percent of adults will experience some type of GERD during the course of a year. The estimated cost of treating GERD tops $1 billion annually.
People who suffer from reflux typically have a weak lower esophageal sphincter that allows acid and bile to reflux from the stomach into the esophagus, causing discomfort. Symptoms can include heartburn, hoarseness or sore throat, laryngitis, chronic dry cough, asthma, feeling as if there is a lump in your throat, a sudden increase of saliva, bad breath and earaches.
 
The LINX Reflux Management System is an implantable device that serves as an artificial sphincter. It is made up of a small, flexible band of beads, each with a magnet inside. When placed around the outside of the esophagus, the magnetic attraction between the beads helps the sphincter stay closed to prevent reflux. Swallowing allows the beads to separate so that food and liquid pass normally into the stomach.
 
The LINX procedure is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed in a hospital setting. A surgeon laparoscopically implants the device through a series of five small incisions during a 45-minute procedure. Research has shown the LINX device to be well-tolerated in the majority of patients.
After surgery, patients usually go home the same day or the next day and are able to eat a normal diet. Patients who undergo the LINX procedure typically are able to eliminate the use of GERD medications within two years after the treatment.
 
“The LINX procedure provides an excellent and safe alternative to conventional surgery and medications to successfully treat patients with chronic, unrelenting GERD,” said Dr. Harris.
 
Space is limited for the free seminar, and registration is required. Please call (859) 313-2255 to reserve your spot.
 
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center.  The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky.
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