Sheboygan – HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital and Prevea Health are pleased to offer a new, state-of-the-art treatment for acid reflux called, LINX – in the Sheboygan region.
Acid reflux stems from a condition known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD. It occurs when digestive juices from food are refluxed from the stomach into the esophagus, which can irritate the esophageal lining. This can be a painful condition that affects many aspects of daily life including eating and sleeping. According to the National Institutes of Health, GERD affects about 20 percent of the U.S. population.
The LINX procedure involves placing a small, flexible band of interlinked magnetic beads around the patient’s esophagus, just above the stomach. The device is designed so that swallowing forces temporarily break the magnetic bond, allowing food and liquid to pass normally into the stomach. At the same time, the magnetic attraction of the device helps the body’s normal sphincter to contract, preventing reflux from the stomach to the esophagus.
Dr. Hassanain Jassim, a Prevea Health general and bariatric surgeon, performed the first LINX procedure utilizing HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital’s da Vinci X robotic surgery system in July 2018. He has successfully completed almost 300 LINX procedures since 2015, when he became the first surgeon in Green Bay to offer the procedure.
“If a patient has acid reflux and is taking medication, there’s a good potential they’ll qualify for LINX,” says Dr. Hassanain Jassim. “Typically, patients come in and go home the same day as the surgery only takes about 60 minutes. After that, most patients can stop their medication.”
Dr. Jassim sees patients at the Prevea St. Nicholas Health Center, located at 1621 N. Taylor Dr. in Sheboygan. To schedule an appointment, call (920) 436-1358. For more information about the LINX procedure, click here.
About HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital
HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital has been delivering high quality health care to Sheboygan and its surrounding communities since 1890. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital provides a comprehensive range of services that include cancer care, women’s services, 24-hour emergency care, digestive health, orthopedics, cardiac, home health and hospice care. The hospital’s primary purpose is to continue Christ’s healing love through the delivery of high quality and compassionate health care in an environment sensitive to the needs of all people. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. An affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people. To learn more, visit www.stnicholashospital.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.
About Prevea Health
Founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, Prevea Health is a health care organization that provides high-quality, primary and specialty health care in 80+ locations across Northern, Eastern and Western Wisconsin in clinic and hospital settings. It is partnered with six Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin to provide patients a system of highly-coordinated care, close to home: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.