The path to LINX®
Chelsie spent almost two years battling acid reflux. Her symptoms began with chest pain, so her family doctor ensured she had no underlying cardiac issues and started her on a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), a type of acid suppression medication.
In May 2020, Chelsie underwent an esophagus-stretching procedure because the reflux had damaged her esophagus and ability to swallow. Her gastroenterologist switched her medication to a different PPI and added an additional medication to control the esophageal nerves – but it only helped temporarily.
Finally, after switching to a daily combination of a PPI and yet another acid medication type (H2 blocker), Chelsie decided enough was enough.
“I don’t like taking medicine – I’m one of those people who won’t even take something to help a headache,” says Chelsie. “But it wasn’t helping enough, and I was miserable.”
Another family member had recently undergone magnetic sphincter augmentation or LINX® surgery at St. Elizabeth Healthcare and encouraged Chelsie to schedule a consultation with Dr. Valerie Williams, Thoracic Surgeon at St. Elizabeth Healthcare.
“I was really nervous, but Dr. Williams explained everything so well,” says Chelsie. “Because of my young age, she recommended LINX®as my best long-term option to controlling the reflux.”