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Temecula Valley Hospital performs first LINX surgery


Last updated 6/7/2019 at 1:04am

TEMECULA – The first LINX surgery in the region has been performed at Temecula Valley Hospital. The LINX Reflux Management System is a new surgical treatment for those who suffer from severe heartburn issues, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. The system is an implantable device that helps strengthen a weak lower esophageal sphincter and restores the sphincter competence, preventing stomach acid from escaping into the esophagus.

GERD is a prevalent disease in the United States. It becomes costly, affects the quality of an individual’s life and can lead to other serious complications. Alleviating the symptoms of GERD will not stop its progression. Preventing stomach acid from escaping into the esophagus is key to treating GERD. Some of the symptoms of GERD include heartburn, difficulty swallowing, chest pain, cough and shortness of breath.

The LINX Reflux Management System is an implantable device that consists of a series of titanium beads. The magnetic beaded bracelet is placed around the esophagus where it joins the stomach. The beads constrict and prevent acid from escaping the stomach while allowing the patient to eat and drink normally. The laparoscopic procedure lasts 30-45 minutes, and patients can often resume a normal diet that same night. For more information, visit

“We are very pleased to be the first in the region to provide this new minimally invasive procedure,” Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital said. “The opportunities that the LINX Reflux Management System can provide for those suffering from gastric reflux disease are life-changing. We are proud of our staff and medical staff for being able to provide surgical treatment for a disease that affects so many people.”

Temecula Valley Hospital brings advanced technology, innovative programs, patient-centered and family sensitive care to area residents. The hospital features 140 private patient rooms; emergency care featuring ER Reserve; advanced cardiac and stroke care; orthopedics and general and surgical specialties. Temecula Valley Hospital is nationally recognized for patient safety by The Leapfrog Group, with a 2017 Top Hospital Award and six consecutive “A” grades for patient safety in spring 2019, fall 2018, spring 2018, fall 2017, spring 2017 and fall 2016. The hospital also recently received two 2019 Women’s Choice Award Achievements; One of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety and One of America’s Best Stroke Centers, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Certification for hip and knee replacement, 5 Star Medicare Hospital Compare Rating, the American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation, the honor of the Inland Empire’s Top Workplaces 2017 and 2018, has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality Cardiac Care Facility for comprehensive heart and vascular treatment, including cardiac medical intervention, cardiac rhythm programs and cardiac surgery.  For more information, visit

Submitted by Temecula Valley Hospital.


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