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At Memorial Heartburn Center, we consider each patient individually for specific symptoms. We test for those symptoms to develop a wellness plan or surgical procedure specific to your needs, and we offer the latest in medical testing pH, BRAVO, Manometry, Upper GI and EGD.
Your physician may suspect GERD based on your symptoms and medical history. To more accurately diagnose your condition, we offer the following tests.
This test is the best way to confirm reflux. A 24-hour pH monitoring system uses a small tube passed through the nose or mouth, down the esophagus and into the stomach. The tube remains in place for 24 hours and monitors the amount and frequency of stomach acid that backs up into the esophagus.
Placement of the catheter takes about 30 minutes, and a nurse will review the monitoring instructions with you. You can then leave and return the next day to have the tube removed. During the 24-hour test, you can swallow, talk and breathe freely.
This exam involves a series of X-rays of the esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum. The X-rays are taken before and after drinking a contrast material called barium, a thick, white, chalky, milkshake-like liquid. The barium coats the inside lining of your digestive tract, making it more visible on the X-ray.
The barium swallow exam shows if you’re experiencing reflux. It also reveals issues such as Hiatal hernias.
This test will enable your doctor to obtain information about the pressures and function of the muscles used to help food go down after you swallow.
Your nasal passages will be numbed with a topical anesthetic/lubricant. While sitting upright, a thin, flexible tube will be placed through your nostril and down into your stomach as you swallow.
Other medications may be taken up to two hours before the procedure with a small sip of water. If you are diabetic, please follow your physician’s instructions regarding medications dosage.
If you have a question about which or your medications to take, please ask ahead of time.
EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is a procedure that examines the esophagus, stomach and the first portion of the duodenum (small intestine) using a long flexible tube with a camera at the end of it. This allows your surgeon to see any irritation or changes to the esophagus, stomach or duodenum. This is performed under anesthesia and you will need someone to drive you home.
The BRAVO pH test measures the amount of acidity (pH) in the esophagus. For this test, your surgeon will adhere a small recording device called a BRAVO capsule to the esophagus to monitor how much acid is flowing backward from the stomach. This is done under anesthesia during your EGD.
Memorial Heartburn Center provides extraordinary care for patients struggling with heartburn, acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Our experienced Heartburn team has extensive training and perform a range of advanced diagnostic and treatment procedures to help ease patients' symptoms.