Why Test for GERD?
Do you have frequent indigestion or a burning sensation in the center of your chest? Do you regularly get sour or bitter-tasting fluids in your throat or mouth? Do you avoid lying flat or bending over to prevent acid from backing up into your throat?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might have chronic (more than twice per week) heartburn or GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease). The heartburn may be so severe that it interferes with your daily routine.
Frequent or chronic heartburn may be associated with a more serious problem known as GERD. Damage caused by GERD can lead to more serious medical problems such as difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia), narrowing of the esophagus (strictures), or Barrett’s esophagus.
Now, there is a minimally invasive test for evaluation of heartburn or related symptoms – its called Bravo pH monitoring. Bravo 48 hour pH Monitoring is now available by our specially trained physician, Dr. Anoushfar at Artesia General Hospital. This cutting edge technology, led by Dr. Anoushfar, allows him to evaluate your heartburn and acid reflux symptoms and plan the best treatment for your diagnosis.
The world’s first catheter-free pH test, Bravo provides a more tolerable and convenient way to evaluate your heartburn symptoms. Dr. Anoushfar will temporarily attach the capsule to the wall of your esophagus. The capsule is very small-about the size of a gel cap–and usually takes only a few minutes to place.
Once the capsule is in position, suction is applied and a small amount of esophageal tissue is drawn into the capsule, locking it into place. The capsule takes Bravo Receiver continuous pH measurements for up to 48 hours and transmits that information wirelessly to a small receiver you wear on your waistband. After the study, information from the receiver is uploaded to a computer for analysis.
You can eat normally and engage in your usual activities during the test. This catheter–free test also allows you to bathe and sleep comfortably. The capsule can be placed quickly, so there’s no need for a hospital stay in most cases. Many people go to work or school during the test period. The disposable pH capsule will spontaneously detach and pass through your digestive system after several days.
When the study is complete you will return the receiver and the diary to Dr. Anoushfar. The information stored in the receiver will be uploaded to a computer and Dr. Anoushfar will analyze your results to determine if you have GERD and plan the best treatment for your symptoms.
Physicians & Providers
Shahriar Anoushfar, DO, FACS, FACOS
General Surgeon / Gastroenterology
Terah Maupin Sexton, PA-C
General Surgery/ Gastroenterology
Learn about new treatment options, including Stretta® Therapy, that can significantly reduce your symptoms of GERD and risks of developing Barrett’s Esophagus and Cancer of the Esophagus. Schedule your consultation by calling 575-748-8526