MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Mayo Clinic study finds that an implant can control acid reflux.

It’s shaped like a bracelet and it’s placed around the valve at the junction of the stomach and esophagus.

More than 90 percent of the patients tested said it eased their heartburn-like symptoms and most were able to stop using antacids.

Mayo surgeon Dr. Daniel Smith says it’s the first new, safe and effective treatment for chronic reflux in 20 years — and it’s so simple.

“It was like when you look at a paper clip and you say, ‘Gosh, that’s so easy — why didn’t I think of that?'” Smith said.

One in three people in the U.S. are believed to have chronic acid reflux, a condition that can lead to serious health problems.

The study appears in the online version of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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