Breaking News: Torax has recently issued a nationwide recall of the Linx Reflux Management System.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, affects around 20% of the U.S. population. While many who suffer from it turn to medication and diet changes as remedies, others seek the help of surgery. Unfortunately, a popular medical device used to help treat GERD was recalled due to a hazard that may have affected thousands of individuals.
The attorneys at Hodes Milman, LLP are currently accepting cases from patients who have had the Torax Linx Reflux Management System removed or revised. We are ready to help get you the emotional and financial support you need to recover. Our firm will guide you through filing a claim and answer any concerns, so that you can feel confident about seeking legal help.
How Does the Torax Linx Reflux Management System Work?
GERD is a chronic and progressive disease that results from a weak Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES). When the LES fails to close tightly, stomach acid can leak into the esophagus and cause severe heartburn.
The makers of the Linx Reflux Management System claim the device can “stop reflux at its source.” The system consists of a small, flexible band of interlinked titanium beads containing magnetic cores. The device is placed around the esophagus above the stomach, using a surgical procedure called a laparoscopy. The magnetic beads in the device help the LES to resist opening, preventing acid reflux from seeping into the esophagus.
Why is the Torax Linx Reflux Management System Being Recalled?
While many patients have not experienced complications following their procedures, others have suffered serious side effects, including:
• Painful swallowing
• Inability to swallow, belch or vomit
• Nerve damage
• Chronic hiccups and nausea
• Impaired gastric motility
• Device erosion, migration, and failure
If you have suffered any of these symptoms, the device may be defective or improperly placed. Torax Medical Inc. recently learned the defective devices could affect thousands of patients implanted with the Linx Reflux Management System. In many recalled devices, a bead component separated from an adjacent wire link, causing an open Linx device. Affected patients could suffer a recurrence of their GERD symptoms or even require the need for surgical intervention to remove and replace the Linx device. The issue is only detectable with an x-ray after the device is implanted.
On May 31, 2018, the FDA issued a recall for the Linx Reflux Management System, affecting 9,131 devices nationwide. Torax mailed an Urgent Field Safety Notice on April 23, 2018, alerting physicians of the issue and the actions to be taken.
What Should I Do If I Was Harmed by the Torax Linx Reflux Management System?
If you received the Linx Reflux Management System and have experienced complications, see your doctor right away to determine if you were implanted with a defective device. After consulting your physician, contact an experienced defective medical device attorney. At Hodes Milman, LLP, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation where we can answer your most pressing concerns.
Many express concerns about suing their doctor or surgeon. However, no legal action will be taken against your physician, as he or she may not have been aware of the device’s complications. Instead, your lawsuit will be filed against Torax, the makers of the Linx Reflux Management System, as they are responsible for releasing a dangerous device to the public.
Contact the Torax Linx Device Attorneys at Hodes Milman
If you’ve suffered complications from your Linx device, you are not alone. With over 30 years’ experience helping victims recover, our attorneys dedicate their practice to building a strong case on your behalf so that you can focus on healing. Compensation can help pay for medical bills, missed wages, and your pain and suffering. We are committed to helping improve your quality of life and will stand up to fight for you.
To schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, contact the attorneys at Hodes Milman, LLP by calling (949) 640-8222. Take the first step towards healing today.