Memorial Hospital of Tampa February 14, 2014

Tampa, FL – Tampa residents with chronic acid reflux disease now have more options for treatment at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, part of HCA West Florida. In the fall of 2013, Gopal Sai Grandhige, M.D., a specialist in treating reflux disease, began implanting the LINX® Reflux Management System in patients suffering from Gastro-Esophageal Reflux disease (GERD).

LINX is a small ring of magnets designed to prevent stomach acid from flowing back into the esophagus. The device is surgically placed around the esophagus in a minimally invasive procedure that generally lasts less than one hour. Many patients go home within 24 hours of surgery.

Memorial Hospital of Tampa is one of a select group of centers in the U.S. and one of only three in Florida – as well as the only community-based hospital in the state – offering LINX. Dr. Grandhige is currently the only physician in Tampa Bay performing the LINX procedure.

“Now that common heartburn medications have been around for three decades, patients and reputable studies are seeing the negative side effects of long-term usage of many antacid medications,” said Dr. Grandhige. “Plus, we’re finding that people don’t want to take these medications forever, so we are helping patients explore their options.”

Dr. Grandhige also states that about 40 percent of acid-reflux sufferers do not find complete relief from medications.

According to the National Institutes of Health, Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), is a condition that affects 20 percent of the American population, weekly. LINX was approved by the FDA in March 2012.

“There are various solutions for GERD, and here at Memorial Hospital we are proud to offer the most options available in the Tampa Bay area,” said John Mainieri, CEO of Memorial Hospital of Tampa. “Dr. Grandhige and his team have put together a streamlined approach to effectively diagnose and appropriately treat each of our patients individually.”

Memorial Hospital of Tampa is now the only hospital in the area to provide options for three procedures for GERD: the traditional fundoplication, the TIF (transoral-incisionless fundoplication) procedure and the LINX Reflux Management System.

To learn more, visit or contact Cindy Cucuz, director of marketing, at (813) 323-5529 for information on upcoming reflux seminars at Memorial Hospital of Tampa.