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The Pros and Cons of Stretta vs LINX for GERD
The Pros and Cons of Stretta vs LINX for GERD

Did you know that approximately 20% of Americans suffer from chronic acid reflux? You don’t have to suffer any longer. There are surgical options available to help patients find relief and manage their symptoms.

What Is GERD?

When stomach acid repeatedly flows back into the esophagus, this causes acid reflux symptoms. When these symptoms become chronic, a diagnosis of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is given. GERD irritates the lining of the esophagus, causing consistent heartburn and acid indigestion. The main causes of GERD tend to be obesity, pregnancy, gastroparesis, or diseases of connective tissue. Poor lifestyle choices and inadequate diet can also exacerbate symptoms. When medications and subsequent lifestyle changes are unable to alleviate symptoms, a doctor may recommend surgery. Stretta and LINX are two medically advanced procedures recommended for patients suffering from severe GERD.

What is Stretta?

The Stretta procedure involves an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Stretta targets the root cause of acid reflux by introducing low-frequency energy that reshapes and stimulates the muscle rings in the lower esophagus. By stimulating muscle growth, Stretta helps restore the patient's natural reflux barrier.


  • Minimally Invasive
  • No Visible Scars/Cuts
  • Safe and Effective
  • Performed on an Outpatient Basis


  • Chest or Throat Pain or Sensitivity Immediately Following the Procedure

What is LINX?

The LINX system is a magnetic band made up of titanium beads that apply pressure to the lower esophageal sphincter, keeping it shut, which reduces the backup of stomach acid. The device is surgically implanted towards the lower end of the esophagus, allowing food to go down the esophagus but preventing acid from coming up.


  • High Success Rate
  • Quick Procedure
  • Low Complication Risk
  • No Lengthy Hospital Stay


  • Scar Tissue May Form and Hinder Device Movement

Potential candidates for both of these procedures are adults suffering from GERD, who continue to have breakthrough symptoms, lasting for 6 months or more. Surgical procedures for GERD are considered effective if and when they relieve patient symptoms and prevent further health complications.

If you believe you or someone you know may be suffering from GERD, reach out to the experts at Long Island Laparoscopic Surgery to learn more. We are here to find the right treatment for you!

Dr. Arif Ahmad specializes in laparoscopic robotic surgery and has performed over 2,000 laparoscopic robotic surgeries. He is renowned in the Long Island area for his impeccable track record of safety and success.