Welcome to The SAGES Surgical WIKI

SAGES launched its member-generated Wiki in 2010 and it quickly grew into a resource accessed by more than 2,500 people/month seeking advanced and accurate definitions of all types of minimally invasive surgery and diseases treated by minimally invasive surgery.

As part of the recent overhaul to SAGES web properties, the SAGES Wiki has been moved to a new home on the SAGES site. In addition to moving more than 75 member-generated articles back to the main SAGES web site, we have also completely changed the way members can interact with the Wiki:

  • It’s easier than ever to become a contributor! Simply log in with your member account and head over the Wiki pages. Use the “Create A New Wiki” button on the right sidebar to add your own article.
  • If you see a way to improve an existing article, simply click the Edit tab at the top of the article and make your edits.
  • Want to discuss an article? All logged-in SAGES members can now comment on an article using the Discussion tab at the top of the article and post away.

Recommended Wiki: Linx Reflux Management System

How Linx works Linx is a small, flexible band of rare-earth magnet beads covered in titanium alloy and linked by wires which is placed around the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). The magnetic force of the band is greater than the increased gastric pressure associated with GERD, therefore augmenting the resistance of the esophageal sphincter to abnormal opening associated with reflux. The beads separate and band expands when swallowing a food bolus, belching, or vomiting because the magnetic force if the beads is overcome by these processes. Indications Candidates for the LINX reflux management systems are patients ages 21-75 with typical symptoms of GERD for six months taking daily proton pump inhibitors (PPI) who continue to have symptoms. Diagnosis of GERD is defined by abnormal pH testing. Contraindications Precaution should be used in the following patients as safety and effectiveness haven't been evaluated: hiatal hernia… Continue Reading »