A new implantable device has been approved for use in Europe to help treat acid reflux disease. The IM RefluxStop device from Implantica, a company based in Zug, Switzerland, is designed to avoid some of the limitations of current minimally invasive reconstructive acid reflux procedures, such as difficulty swallowing, burping, and vomiting.
The company reports that in the latest comparison of its technology against Nissen fundoplication, the most common type of GERD procedure, “the new method of treating acid reflux works with both better treatment results and fewer side effects.” Since the shape of the anatomy leading up to the rest of the esophagus is altered sufficiently differently, food passageway is not as affected and things can move through more freely.
Here’s a bit of explanation of how the device works, according to the product page:
IM RefluxStop™ device hinders the reflux process – which occurs due to anatomical misalignment associated with suboptimal belch-like fundus contractions also including fluid, in combination with relaxation of the sphincter.
IM RefluxStop™ device also acts as a mechanical stop, preventing the LES from moving into the thorax. Due to the pressure in the abdomen, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) thereby can function normally.
The device works with a proven concept to prevent the closing sphincter from gliding up into the thorax through the opening in the diaphragm breathing muscle. When this happens, the sphincter muscle enters the chest, and while breathing, it does not have enough power to close.
As per the design thesis’ double mechanism, IM RefluxStop™ device is intended to treat acid reflux without affecting the food passageway, including hindering the LES from entering the thorax.
IM RefluxStop™ surgical procedure named the Forsell procedure after the inventor involves a reconstruction of the angle of His, a small left side adherence of the stomach to the esophagus, in broader terms also a fundoplication. IM RefluxStop™ device is invaginated in the fundus wall and thus reinforces the created cuff.
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