Return to a normal diet as soon as it is tolerated; this is usually the day after surgery. The opening and closing of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), which takes places as you eat and drink, is important to help your body get used to the presence of LINX device.
You may experience some discomfort or difficulty when swallowing (dysphagia). This is normal and can be expected. In most cases, the dysphagia can be managed by taking smaller bites and chewing food more thoroughly. Dysphagia generally peaks 3-6 weeks after surgery, is mild and resolves on its own.
If you experience difficulty swallowing, follow these steps:
- Drink a few sips of water before taking your first bite of food and between bites as necessary.
- Take small bites of food that easily pass down your esophagus and into your stomach.
- Chew your food well before swallowing.
- Begin to identify foods that may make swallowing more difficult for you. Bread, pasta, rice and meat may be more likely to cause more difficulty.
*Always carry your LINX implant card with you in your wallet or purse.