East Cooper General Surgeons now provide 3D Esophageal Manometry Testing in Mt. Pleasant, SC, as part of the workup for patients suffering from heartburn and acid reflux symptoms that are associated with chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This outpatient procedure measures the strength and muscle coordination of the esophagus during swallowing. Esophageal Manometry is essential for patients considering a procedure for treatment of their reflux. The test utilizes a thin, pressure-sensitive tube that is passed through the nose, down the back of the throat to the esophagus, and into the stomach. Once the tube is placed, the patient is asked to lie on their left side, and a sensor records each time they swallow water. The test lasts approximately 30 to 40 minutes, then the tube is then removed, and a physician interprets the data that was recorded.
This is an outpatient procedure that does not require sedation, though a topical anesthetic may be applied to the nose to make the procedure more comfortable. After the manometry test, the patient may resume normal diet and activities, and some temporary throat soreness may occur, which can be relieved with lozenges or a saltwater gargle.