If you are suffering from heartburn, acid reflux, or chest pain, among other signs related to GERD (gastrointestinal reflux disease) your doctor might suggest undergoing an acid test to determine the level of acidity or the alkalinity in your stomach. A bravo pH test evaluates acidity by the following:
- How often does stomach acid move up into the lower part of the esophagus
- The degree of acidity in the testing period
Before, testing for pH was done using a catheter. However, this
Bravo pH Monitoring
System is the first system to monitor pH without catheters. A capsule that houses a miniature pH sensor sends out radio signals for telemetry to a receiver that is worn around your waist. The capsule is placed into the esophagus and is then monitored for up or 48 hours. It is possible to carry out all of the normal things like eating bathing, sleeping, sleeping, and even exercising.
The Day of the Procedure.
Don’t consume any food or drink after midnight unless your physician has given you different directions.
The procedure can be carried out in a clinic, endoscopy lab, or ambulatory surgery center. There are various methods of placing the capsule inside the esophagus. Typically, however, an endoscopy procedure is carried out. After the surgeon has put the capsule in place suction is used to draw tissues inside the capsule. The doctor will then lock the capsule to ensure it stays in place and you shouldn’t feel discomfort or discomfort. The small device (about the same size as the size of a pager) in your belt or waistband. It has three buttons for symptom control that indicate heartburn, regurgitation, and chest discomfort.
What happens during the Test?
Once the capsule has been fully connected, it will begin taking measurements of the pH levels inside your stomach. The measurements are then transmitted to the receiver that is located at your waist. If you experience any symptoms of chest pain or chest discomfort then press the appropriate button.
You’ll need to keep the time of sleep and eating throughout the test on a journal.
What happens following the Test?
Once the period for the test is completed after which you return the receiver along with the diary. The doctor will download the information from the device and review the results. The data obtained from the receiver can help your doctor determine the cause of GERD and provide the proper treatment if required. There is no requirement to take the capsule of the stomach. It will detach automatically and travel through your digestive system a few days following the test.
The Bravo pH Monitoring System is not suitable for all people. This test shouldn’t be carried out. If so, then
- A pacemaker
- Implantable cardiac defibrillator
- A bleeding disorder that causes clotting
- Severe esophagitis
- Varices (swollen blood vessels that line the inside of the esophagus)
- Inflammation of the digestive tract
- MRI tests are scheduled at least 30 days after the Bravo pH test
While Bravo pH tests are safe, pH tests are completely safe and available on prescription there are some possible issues, including:
- Detachment prematurely of the pH capsule
- The inability of pH capsule to separate within a few days after the placement
- Uncomforted due to the position in the pH capsule
- Tears in the lining Esophagus, and this could need surgery