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LINX helps prevent acid reflux

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A new trial surgery being conducted right here in Southwest Georgia could lead to relief for chronic heartburn sufferers across the nation.  

Albany Surgical and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital are participating in a third phase FDA study of what will soon be known as the LINX.     

A string of titanium magnetic beads are placed on the lower esophagus to help keep it closed until you swallow.  That helps prevent acid reflux. 

"We are only one of two community centers that were chosen for this. This is usually done at academic centers, but because of the large reflex base here they have selected us out," said General Surgeon Joseph Burnette.  

Albany is one of 17 centers worldwide participating in this trial.  The procedure takes less than an hour to complete.  It could be available for the public next year.

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