If you regularly experience heartburn and it doesn’t respond to over-the-counter treatments, consider a pH probe. A pH probe can diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a chronic cough, or other related problems. At Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care in Brandon, Florida, board-certified gastroenterologist Ramesh Ashwath, MD, FACG, and the team provide pH probes on-site. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.
A pH probe is a diagnostic test used to measure the amount of acid created by your stomach. This screening procedure can determine if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In addition, it helps the team at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care determine how to treat it.
Your pH probe begins with an in-office consultation. During your appointment, the team runs a thin probe into your esophagus. They use X-ray imaging to guide the probe in the right place. Once positioned, the team connects your probe to a small monitor. The monitor records the acid levels in your stomach for 24 hours.
Only a qualified medical professional can determine if you’re a good candidate for a pH probe. If you regularly experience heartburn, chest pain, or difficulty swallowing, you’ll likely benefit from treatment.
A pH probe requires you to stay at the hospital overnight. After the team inserts your pH probe, you can relax and read a book or take a nap. The probe monitors the acids in your stomach throughout your stay, while resting and eating.
During your time at the hospital, make sure to follow the team’s instructions. Avoid playing with or tugging on the probe. Eating is only allowed at meals and snack time. Avoid consuming food at other intervals throughout the day.
You stay one night in the hospital. The next morning, you eat breakfast, and the team removes your pH probe. Taking out the pH probe is very easy.
Following your pH probe, the team at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care sends you home with a list of recovery instructions. You can return to your normal diet right away, but it’s normal to experience a sore throat or cough. Take a day off of work, so you have time to relax and recuperate.
About a week later, you return to Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care for a follow-up appointment. During your appointment, your provider reviews the results of your pH probe and explains what they mean.
If the team determines you have GERD, they can develop a custom care plan that minimizes uncomfortable symptoms and improves your quality of life.
Schedule your pH probe at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care today. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a friendly staff member.