Before LINX surgery is recommended, you will meet with a team of specialists, including a gastroenterologist and a thoracic surgeon, for a thorough evaluation. You may undergo one or more of the following tests to determine the cause of your symptoms and if LINX is the best treatment for you.
Your doctor inserts a flexible tube into your mouth to view the inside of your esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.
During endoscopy, your gastroenterologist uses a device to measure pressures inside your esophagus and assess the ability of your esophagus to contract. When the esophagus works as it should, coordinated contractions move food and liquid down to your stomach.
A thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted through your nose and into your esophagus. It evaluates esophageal motility by monitoring strength and patterns of muscle function within the esophagus.
Esophageal Reflux Test
A catheter or probe placed in the esophagus is used to determine the presence and severity of reflux.
A barium liquid is swallowed and travels the length of your esophagus. X-ray images show how the barium moves through your esophagus. This test can detect problems with the structure of your esophagus.