Associates in Digestive Diseases

Bravo pH Measurement Monitoring

GERD imageThe Bravo™ pH Monitoring System is a wireless catheter-free way to measure pH. It is used to determine if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (commonly know as GERD) and to determine if what medications or other treatments are in order.

It involves the placement of a capsule at the lower end of the esophagus with an endosope where it remains until it spontaneously falls off a few days later and passes unnoticed down the GI tract. The procedure usually is not uncomfortable and the patient is unaware that the capsule is there. The capsule records ph information over a 24-48 hour period and wirelessly transmits this information to a recorder worn on the patient’s belt or waistband. The patient is asked to keep a diary of intake, activities, and any symptoms that occur during the recording period. This information will be correlated with the information downloaded from the pH monitor and analyzed. The capsule will pass out of your system in 5-7 days.

The recorder is returned to our office with the diary when the monitoring period is over.

Preparation is simply a matter of eliminating specific medications in the days prior to the procedure and fasting for 6 hours prior to the appointment.

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