(April 11, 2013)--A tiny magnetic bracelet that’s implanted at the base of the throat is helping some people with chronic heartburn who can’t get relief through medication.
It’s a novel way to treat severe acid reflux, which plagues millions of Americans and can raise the risk for more serious health problems.
It happens when a weak muscle doesn't close after swallowing as it should, which lets stomach juices splash back into the throat.
The new device is made by a Minnesota company, Torax Medical Inc.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it last year.
The device, a ring of titanium beads with magnets inside, is placed around the weak muscle at the base of the esophagus in a half-hour operation.