MOUNT VERNON — Dr. Paul Taiganides of Knox Community Hospital is the first surgeon in the western hemisphere to perform 100 implants of the innovative Linx Reflux Management System. Surgeons routinely visit to observe Linx surgery, the latest advance in treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). But there was nothing routine about one group that met at KCH earlier this month.
Among those spending a day with Dr. Taiganides were Dr. Tom DeMeester and Dr. James “Butch” Rosser. DeMeester is Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the University of Southern California’s Department of Surgery and has vast experience with esophageal disease. He is also a consultant to Torax Medical, the Minnesota company that manufactures the Linx device. Rosser is a surgeon with Celebration Health in Florida and a tireless advocate for esophageal cancer patients. Also on hand were surgeons from University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Kansas City Vascular General Surgeons, and Central Ohio Neurological Surgeons.
“Torax honored us with the visit,” Taiganides said. “Dr. DeMeester is one of the most brilliant esophageal surgeons in the world, and Dr. Rosser is an up-and-coming surgeon with great talent and passion.”
DeMeester and Rosser in turn praised the role of KCH and Taiganides in advancing a minimally invasive procedure to correct GERD.
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