If your doctor suspects you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), he or she may suggest using the Bravo pH monitoring system to make an accurate diagnosis.
At Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Gastroenterology Lab, a doctor sprays your throat with numbing medicine, and inserts a catheter with a capsule attached into your esophagus as you swallow. The capsule is attached to your esophagus, where it measures pH levels to determine how much stomach acid passes into your esophagus. It transmits measurements wirelessly to a receiver you wear on your waistband.
“The test takes about 48 hours and is very easy to undergo, because you can go about your daily activities,” says Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP, gastroenterologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “Several days after the test is over, the capsule will remove itself and pass through your system.”
To learn more about the Bravo pH monitoring system, call 573-331-3000.