The pH measurement within your esophagus can tell a lot about your gastrointestinal health in relation to gastric reflux. At Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC’s two locations in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the board-certified gastroenterologists use Bravo™ pH monitoring to assess your condition and the success of your treatments. To learn more about the test, call Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, or book an appointment online today.
Bravo pH monitoring allows the team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC to evaluate gastric reflux symptoms. The system collects 48 hours of information in total to give your provider a better idea of your gastrointestinal health. Using your findings, they can appropriately diagnose you and create an individualized treatment plan.
During the test, a capsule measures the pH levels within your esophagus. The device in your esophagus transmits the measurements to a receiver that you wear on your belt. There are three buttons on the receiver, each representing a common symptom of gastric reflux. You press the corresponding button when you experience:
Your provider also tells you to record your eating and sleeping patterns over the course of your Bravo pH monitoring procedure in a diary.
When you first arrive at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC ready to begin monitoring, your provider advises you to lay down or recline comfortably. They place a small capsule in your esophagus. In order to keep it in place, they apply suction, causing the capsule to stick to the side of your esophagus. This initial procedure is comfortable and tolerable for most patients.
The device stays in place for several days. Soon, it detaches from your esophagus by itself and makes its way through your gastrointestinal tract. You pass the device through a bowel movement and don’t need to worry about retrieving it.
You return the recording device and your diary to your provider at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC. They analyze the data and go over it with you at an additional appointment.
Bravo pH monitoring helps the team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC learn about your gastric reflux. Using the test, they can also evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for gastric reflux and adjust your treatment plan accordingly.
Gastric reflux happens when the opening between your esophagus and stomach, called the lower esophageal sphincter, doesn’t completely close. Stomach acid and food particles can splash up into your esophagus, causing discomfort and unpleasant tastes along with other unpleasant symptoms. If this happens to you regularly, you might have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Barrett’s esophagus, a secondary condition to gastric reflux, is also diagnosable with Bravo pH monitoring. It happens when your stomach acid irritates your esophageal lining and causes it to thicken.
If you have new or worsening gastric reflux, call Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, or book a consultation online for Bravo pH monitoring today.