Swallowing problems may develop from problems in your throat or esophagus. An esophageal manometry is a diagnostic test that assesses the function of your esophagus to determine if it’s the underlying cause of your swallowing difficulties. At Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care in Brandon, Florida, board-certified gastroenterologist Ramesh Ashwath, MD, FACG, and the team perform an esophageal manometry to help find the root cause of your swallowing problem. To learn more about esophageal manometry, call or book an appointment online today.
An esophageal manometry is a diagnostic procedure that measures esophageal function and movement.
Your esophagus connects your throat to your stomach. When you swallow food, the muscular tube contracts in a wave-like motion to push food into your stomach.
Any disruption in the contraction of your esophagus may affect your ability to swallow and cause chest pain.
The team at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care determines if you need an esophageal manometry test after an in-depth clinical evaluation.
You may benefit from the diagnostic test if you’re having trouble swallowing or regularly experience heartburn or nausea after you eat.
The esophageal manometry test helps your experienced gastroenterologist at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care determine the underlying cause of these symptoms.
The team at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care provides specific instructions on the steps you need to take to prepare for your esophageal manometry.
For your safety, the team requires that your stomach be completely empty before they conduct the procedure. This means they may request you stop eating and drinking at least six hours before the procedure.
Before your test, your gastroenterologist applies a numbing cream to your nostrils to reduce discomfort. Then they pass a thin, lubricated tube through your nostril and advance the tube to your stomach while you take sips of water. You may experience some gagging as the tube moves through your throat.
Once in place, your gastroenterologist has you sit or lie on an exam table and then positions the tube and connects it to a computer.
The entire test takes about 30 minutes. While your gastroenterologist measures your esophageal function, it’s important that you remain calm and still and only swallow when directed to do so.
As your gastroenterologist slowly removes the tube, it measures and records the pressure in various areas of your esophagus.
You may experience some throat soreness and a stuffy nose following your esophageal manometry, but you can resume your usual activities after the test.
The team at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care schedules a follow-up appointment to review the results of your test and your treatment plan.
To learn more about esophageal manometry and how it may help you understand the cause of your swallowing problem, call Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care or book an appointment online today.