LITTLE ROCK, AR — It may not seem like a serious medical problem, but for those suffering from acid reflux, it’s more than just daily discomfort, as doctors say it can even lead to cancer.
But now there are magnets that resemble a bracelet that can cure a patient’s acid reflux.
“Reflux is not an acid problem it’a valve problem,” says Dr. Dan Lister.
A procedure Dr. Lister is the first physician to perform in Arkansas cures patients by mimicking what their esophagus can no longer do: close.
Patients like Patricia Howle say they take medications to treat the acid reflux that’s been a part of their lives for years.
Dr. Lister says that can get expensive.
“Medicines don’t work, they make symptoms better but not the problem,” Dr. Lister says.
And he says new research shows a link between acid reflux and adnocarcinoma, or cancer of the esophagus.
“It’s the fastest growing cancer in the U.S.,” Dr. Lister says.
Once the magnets, or Linx are in place, patients are said to notice a difference immediately.
After the procedure, patients who may have changed their diet to deal with their acid reflux can go back to eating whatever they want, within reason, of course.