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World J Gastrointest Endosc. Aug 16, 2019; 11(8): 472-476
Published online Aug 16, 2019. doi: 10.4253/wjge.v11.i8.472
Magnetic sphincter augmentation: Optimal patient selection and referral care pathways
F Paul Buckley, Benjamin Havemann, Amarpreet Chawla
F Paul Buckley, Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, United States
Benjamin Havemann, Austin Gastroenterology, Bee Cave, TX 78738, United States
Amarpreet Chawla, Department of Health Economics and Market Access, Ethicon Inc. (Johnson and Johnson), Cincinnati, OH 45242, United States
Author contributions: All authors contributed to the review article conception and design; identification, acquisition, and interpretation of the published medical literature; drafting and revising the manuscript; and the approval of the final version of the manuscript for submission.
Conflict-of-interest statement: F Paul Buckley acts as an advisor to Ethicon and has received funding for surgeon teaching and consulting on product development; Benjamin Havemann has received funding from Ethicon as a guest speaker; Amarpreet Chawla is a paid full-time employee of Ethicon Inc. There was no funding for the design and development of this manuscript.
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Corresponding author: F Paul Buckley, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin, 1601 Trinity St., Austin, TX 78712, United States.
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Received: February 21, 2019
Peer-review started: February 22, 2019
First decision: May 9, 2019
Revised: June 13, 2019
Accepted: July 20, 2019
Article in press: July 20, 2019
Published online: August 16, 2019
Core Tip

Core Tip: While the outcomes associated with magnetic sphincter augmentation (MSA) in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) have been previously reported, the optimal population for MSA and the related patient care pathways have not been summarized. This review presents evidence that describes the optimal patient population for MSA, delineates diagnostics to identify these patients, and outlines opportunities for improving GERD patient care pathways. Current referral pathways for GERD management are suboptimal. Opportunities exist for enabling patients, primary care providers, gastroenterologists, and surgeons to act as a team in developing evidence-based optimal care plans.