Linx device is a band of interlinked titanium beads that is implanted around a patient’s esophagus to control acid reflux. The idea is that the device expands to allow food to pass through, but then tightens to form a barrier against reflux.
The Linx procedure is known to cause serious complications and side effects. These include:
- painful swallowing and the inability to swallow
- nerve damage, including irreversible damage to the vagus nerve
- chronic flatulence, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome
- impaired gastric motility (inability to move food through your system)
- device erosion, migration and failure
- inability to belch or vomit
- chronic hiccups and nausea
The presence of these complications could arise from improper surgical placement of the Lynx device, or from inherent dangers with the device itself.
The victim of a failed Lynx surgery procedure may have a malpractice claim against the physicians and well as a products liability claim against manufacturer Torax Medical Inc. Potential damages include compensation for
- medical expenses (including explant or revision surgery)
- pain and suffering
- lost wages