If you’re bothered by recurrent heartburn, you may benefit from diagnostic Bravo™ pH monitoring services. At Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc, the providers offer Bravo pH monitoring services at the offices in La Porte, Plymouth, and South Bend, Indiana, and at The South Bend Clinic on North Eddy Street. The providers use nonsurgical techniques to place the capsule into your esophagus to measure acidity. The results of your test help them create a treatment plan to protect your esophageal health and better control acid reflux symptoms. Call the Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc office nearest to you or book an appointment online today.
Bravo pH monitoring is a test to measure the levels of pH (acid) in your esophagus in the diagnosis of acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
GERD is a chronic form of acid reflux, a condition where stomach acids flow back up into your esophagus due to weaknesses in your lower esophageal sphincter muscle.
Over time, stomach acids can damage the lining of your esophagus and lead to precancerous changes (Barrett’s esophagus) that can increase your risk for esophageal cancer.
You may be a candidate for Bravo pH monitoring if you have persistent acid reflux or GERD symptoms like:
Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc offers comprehensive evaluations of your esophagus using endoscopy. They insert a slender tube into your mouth and down into your esophagus to check for tissue damage.
The providers may recommend the Bravo pH test to confirm acid reflux and to determine the best course of treatment to protect your upper gastrointestinal health.
Prior to your appointment for Bravo pH monitoring, you may need to stop taking certain medications that you use for acid reflux. The Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc physicians provide other guidance that helps you prepare for your test.
During your appointment for Bravo pH monitoring, the providers place a small, wireless capsule into your esophageal tissue. They use minimally invasive endoscopy techniques to implant the device without the need for incisions. The capsule measures the pH levels of the tissue and sends data to a recording device that you wear on a belt around your waist.
When you have heartburn or other symptoms of acid reflux, you press a button on the receiver to record details about the pH levels in your esophagus. You also need to keep a diary of your activities that helps the physician learn more about what’s triggering your acid reflux symptoms.
After your test, you can resume your usual activities. Within a few days, the capsule will detach, pass through your digestive tract, and leave your body naturally as waste. The Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc providers can discuss the results of your test and the options you have for treatment soon after your procedure.
To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of Bravo pH monitoring, call the Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc office nearest to you or book an appointment online today.