It’s not unusual to experience heartburn or indigestion after eating a large meal. However, if your heartburn is a regular thing, then you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). At GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, in Baytown, North Loop, Houston, and Humble, Texas, the team uses advanced diagnostic tools like Bravo™ pH monitoring to diagnose GERD. To learn more about Bravo pH monitoring and how it can help you get the answers you need, call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.
Bravo pH monitoring is one of the diagnostic tests available at GI Specialists of Houston, LLP. The test involves placing a special capsule in your esophagus, which measures the amount of acid reflux that occurs over a 48- to 96-hour period.
The diagnostic test allows the team to determine the frequency of your acid reflux, as well as the severity of the acidity of the contents refluxing up into your esophagus from your stomach.
Schedule a consultation at GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, to see if you’re a candidate for Bravo pH monitoring. Your gastroenterologist may recommend the diagnostic test if you have symptoms of GERD, such as ongoing heartburn, indigestion, or a chronic sore throat.
The Bravo pH monitoring test helps confirm or rule out GERD. Chronic reflux of the acidic contents of your stomach into your esophagus may damage the tissue and increase your risk of developing Barrett’s esophagus, esophagitis, esophageal strictures, or esophageal cancer.
Your gastroenterologist at GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, places the Bravo pH monitoring capsule in your esophagus at the office. Your gastroenterologist reviews the details of the test at your initial consultation so you know how to prepare and what to expect.
During the procedure, they use an endoscopic tool to attach the capsule to your esophageal tissue. The capsule transmits information to a special recording device you wear on your waist. Placement of the capsule only takes a few minutes.
Once your gastroenterologist activates the capsule, they provide specific instructions regarding activity, diet, medications, and routine. They also request that you document your symptoms and associated activity while undergoing your Bravo pH monitoring test.
After the monitoring period, the team has you return to the office so they can upload the recorded information and compare the data to your documented symptoms.
They use the information from your Bravo pH monitoring to diagnose GERD and develop a treatment plan that minimizes the reflux and damage to your esophagus.
GI Specialists of Houston, LLP, offers many innovative diagnostic tools so you get the right diagnosis. To schedule your Bravo pH monitoring test, call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.