Bingham Memorial Hospital Introduces New Procedure for Acid Reflux Patients

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Updated: 4/10/2013 7:31 pm

        Bingham Memorial Hospital is now offering a brand new procedure for acid reflux patients. The hospital says the procedure is a lot easier on patients than other procedures have been in the past.

Acid reflux comes from a weak valve in the end of the stomach, when you eat and lay down the pressure increases and stomach contents come up through the esophagus.

“It can make people miserable, you see people all the time that aren’t’ sleeping at night because when they laydown they reflux and they choke
and cough and they’re miserable and they have to sleep in recliners and what have you” said General Surgeon Dr. Walter Birkenhagen.

Dr. Birkenhagen himself suffers from acid reflux which is one of the main reasons he’s so passionate about this new procedure.

“We have this lynx device which is a string of magnets on a titanium bend and we wrap it around the esophagus just so it’s just barely around
the esophagus and what it does is to keep the esophagus close so that stomach contents can’t come up through the device and cause reflux” continued Birkenhagen.

“In 5 states around us, we’re the only hospital that provides this procedure so that people can get better” said Administrator of Bingham Memorial Hospital Louis Kraml.

This procedure can take as little as 20 minutes or it can take up to an hour, depending on the patients anatomy.

If you’re interested in this new procedure Bingham Memorial will see you for free to see if you meet the requirements to go ahead with it.



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