Esophageal pH Monitoring in Denver, CO
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What is esophageal pH monitoring?
Esophageal pH monitoring is a test that monitors the pH level of your esophagus over a 24-hour period. During the test, it measures your pH amount to see how acidic or basic it is. Measuring the pH with the Bravo pH test helps our GI specialists to evaluate whether or not your stomach contents are causing a sore throat, cough, heartburn, or increased regurgitation.
This Bravo pH test is performed for those who are looking for solutions or preparing for surgical anti-reflux repair or an endoscopic procedure. This monitoring over the 24-hour period can also assist with diagnosing:
- Acid reflux symptoms
- Recurring pneumonia
- Chest pain
- Laryngopharyngeal reflux
- Reflux refractory to PPI
To schedule your own pH monitoring test, connect with our gastrointestinal doctors at Colorado Gastroenterology today.
When will I get my results?
You will be able to see your results while you’re still in the office. However, your test results will be evaluated and interpreted by our GI physician at a later time. Generally, you will be contacted by our Denver, CO office within a week of the exam results.
It is extremely important for you to contact us if severe symptoms occur. This could include abdominal pain, bleeding, and a fever. While the test is not 100 percent, some abnormalities may be missed during the exam. We will work with you to ensure that you schedule follow-up appointments so that we can recognize any new or persistent symptoms. Schedule your appointment today to learn about your body and find relief that you can feel.
How is an esophageal pH test performed?
A wireless capsule will be attached to the wall of your esophagus during an upper endoscopy procedure. That capsule will then measure the pH levels and transmit those readings to a receiver that is placed on your belt or waistband.
A thin tube with cameras (endoscopy) looks into your GI tract and down into your stomach. Once this endoscopy is inserted, it will detect and examine your system so that our GI doctors can successfully diagnose and treat certain GI conditions. Contact our professionals at Colorado Gastroenterology to learn more about this procedure and how it helps us to diagnose your GI problems accurately.
How should I prepare for an esophageal pH test?
Our GI doctors will likely tell you to stop taking reflux medications like Prilosec, Prevacid®, or Dexilant®, Nexium® a week before your procedure. Two days before, you will be asked to not take any H2 blockers like Zantac® or Pepcid®. About six hours before, you will be asked to not take antacids.
For more detailed instructions, contact our GI doctors. We will make every effort to make you feel comfortable so that you can make the most of your experience. Instructions will be provided to you, and any questions you have will be answered. Schedule an appointment today for more information.
What happens on the day of the test?
On the day of the test, the capsule will be inserted and then you’ll be able to go home. Specific instructions regarding activity, eating, and medications will be given to you prior to discharge. These instructions can include eating your regular meals, and not lying down until you are ready for bed. It will also include recording your symptoms with the receiver that was provided to you. A nurse will explain this step to you so that you are able to accurately record your symptoms. Your pH in the esophagus is monitored for only 24 hours, meaning that you will return the following day to have it removed. If you have any additional questions regarding the test and how it works, reach out to a gastrointestinal specialist at Colorado Gastroenterology for more information.
Understand your esophageal issues
Understand more about your esophageal issues today and schedule a pH monitoring test. You will receive great insight and learn more about what is happening, and why. Schedule an appointment with our team of GI specialists at Colorado Gastroenterology today to get started.
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