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Patient Tricia Carr listens to surgeon Dr. John Lipham at the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, Calif. on Thursday, April 4, 2013 as he talks about a similar Linx device to the one she had successfully implanted in her. The small band of magnetic beads is used to treat chronic heartburn. The bracelet-like device is implanted around a weak muscle at the base of the throat that doesn’t close as it should and helps prevent stomach acid from splashing back into the throat. Swallowing food will overcome the magnetic attraction and allow the beads to separate, allowing food and liquid to pass normally into the stomach. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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