Acid Reflux Treatment in Houston: What is Esophageal Manometry?

Esophageal-Manometry-for-acid-reflux-houston-1Esophageal Manometry is a test used to assess pressure and motor function of the esophagus (food pipe). In addition, it aids in the evaluation of how well the muscles in the esophagus work to transport liquids or food from your mouth into your stomach.

Esophageal Manometry may be performed to evaluate the causes of gastric reflux, heartburn, difficulty swallowing and functional chest pain. In addition, this test may be used in pre-operative evaluation if you are being considered for anti-reflux surgery or to ensure proper placement of pH probes in other diagnostic tests.

How it works?

Esophageal-Manometry-for-acid-reflux-houston-2The study will be performed by Houston Heartburn and Reflux nurse and only takes about 10 minutes. Generally, you will be in a comfortable, semi-reclining or reclining position. Your nose and throat may be numbed with a spray or gel. This will minimize any discomfort associated with the placement of the small catheter through your nose and into your stomach. During this time, you will be able to breathe, swallow and talk with ease.

During the study you will be asked to take deep breaths or swallows a number of times. The pressures resulting from these actions will be detected and recorded by tiny sensors located on the catheter. Dr. Elias Darido will then transfer the recording to a report for review and interpretation. According to the result interpretation, Dr. Darido will recommend the appropriate treatment for you.