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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be treated by bolstering the lower esophageal sphincter with a surgically-implanted bracelet of powerful magnets (NEJM 2013; 368: 719-27).

In a prospective study, 100 patients with GERD were enrolled in this study.  The study was conducted in 13 centers in the U.S. and 1 in the Netherlands.  It was designed by Torax Medical.  There was no control group. The primary outcome was normalization of esophageal acid exposure or a 50% greater reduction in exposure at 1 year.

Patient selection:

  • Inclusion criteria: 18-75 years with at least 6-month history of GERD and partial response to proton pump inhibitor treatment.  All patients had to have abnormal pH probe studies at baseline.
  • Exclusion criteria: large hiatal hernia, grade C or D esophagitis (Los Angeles classification), BMI >35, Barrett’s esophagus, motility disorder, dysphagia more than three times a week, or allergy to implant components.

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