Do you suffer from heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, coughing, wheezing or a sore throat? These symptoms together may indicate gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. This is caused by acidic fluids from the stomach entering back into the esophagus. To determine the source of the symptoms, Advanced G.I. LLC uses Bravo™ pH monitoring.
What is Bravo pH monitoring?
Bravo monitoring is a reflux testing system that Dr. Michael Flicker, Dr. Carl Atallah and Dr. Daniel Berger use to monitor the pH of the esophagus. This can help diagnose GERD, especially when the patient shows abnormal symptoms for the disorder. The Bravo system uses a small capsule that houses an acid sensor, which is inserted into (and attached to) the esophagus using a catheter. Then the catheter is removed and a recorder receives input from the capsule. The recorder is worn by the patient for up to 48 hours and will be passed through the stool. Unlike other monitoring treatments, there is no need for the patient to wear the catheter. They can resume daily activities, and our gastroenterologists will go over any activities to avoid during the examination.
How do I prepare for this examination?
First, consult with Advanced G.I. LLC to see if you need to halt any of your medications. Refrain from eating or drinking during the eight hours before your appointment. Plan to have someone drive you home following your procedure.
To learn more about Bravo monitoring and GERD symptoms, call 773-598-5588 and schedule to meet with our gastroenterologists.