Built on a Foundation of Research

Reflux Band is founded on scientific and clinical research conducted over 20 years by a leading gastroenterologist at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His research shows that when external pressure is applied at the cricoid region just below the Adam’s apple, reflux is kept from passing through the upper esophageal sphincter — thereby reducing the chronic health problems associated with acid reflux into the throat and lungs, or LPR.

Clinical studies of Reflux Band, which uses this pressure methodology, demonstrate significant improvement in patients’ pulmonary, pharyngeal and laryngeal symptoms. Reflux Band findings include:

86% of patients had a successful outcome with significant reduction in symptoms after two weeks.

Physicians reported being satisfied with the Reflux Band 92% of the time.

It’s important to note that Reflux Band is designed for relief of LPR acid reflux, also called silent reflux. This type of reflux is not the same as GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Reflux Band prevents regurgitation from traveling past the UES and, therefore, is not intended to treat GERD symptoms such as heartburn, reflux esophagitis or Barrett’s esophagus.

Review the Research

For more information, you can review the findings at each of the following links.

Clinical Study Overview

Summary of Reflux Band clinical study.

Prevention of Reflux

Demonstrate that nighttime reflux attacks can be prevented by application of slight external pressure at the cricoid.

Correlation of Pressure

Determine the effect of the Reflux Band External Manometer on pressure in the esophagus.

Prospective Symptom Study

Assess the safety and effectiveness of the Reflux Band UES assist device to treat symptoms from acid reflux into the throat and lungs.

Prevention of Esophagopharyngeal Reflux

Assess prevention of esophagopharyngeal reflux by augmenting the upper esophageal sphincter pressure barrier.

Prospective Study of UES

Assess the safety and effectiveness of the UES assist device in users with esophagopharyngeal reflux.

Evidence of Reduction of Reflux Events

Determine the presence of induced extraesophageal reflux events with and without Reflux Band, as objectively measured by direct trans-nasal pharyngoscopic visualization of pharyngeal pH and pharyngeal impedance.