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Scott & White Hospital - Round Rock first in Central Texas, one of few nationally to perform breakthrough procedure for acid reflux
Date:4/11/2013

ROUND ROCK, Texas, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month, and some studies suggest that more than 15 million Americans experience heartburn symptoms every single day. General Surgeon  F. Paul Buckley III, MD, at Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock performed a first in Central Texas and one of just a few hospitals in the nation utilizing the LINX Reflux Management System on two patients suffering from debilitating Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), a chronic disease allowing gastric fluid to reflux into the esophagus. The device was recently approved by the FDA.

Nationally, Scott & White Healthcare - Round Rock (heartburn.sw.org) is one of only a few centers performing this procedure. "For the first time, patients in our region have access to relief from their reflux disease through this minimally-invasive procedure which is performed laparoscopically," said Dr. Buckley, who serves as Director of the Division of General Surgery and Surgical Director of the Heartburn and Acid Reflux Center (HARC) at Scott & White – Round Rock.  "While medications remain a popular choice for GERD sufferers, they often don't control all of the symptoms of GERD, have potential side-effects and can be costly. The device offers a new and innovative alternative to traditional surgery and has excellent results."

"We're excited to offer this treatment option for patients who are appropriate candidates; it represents another example of our commitment to providing the highest quality patient care," said Melvin Lau, MD, Gastroenterologist and Medical Director of the Heartburn and Aci
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