We diagnose and treat a range of motility problems, including difficulty swallowing, constipation and fecal incontinence, and bacterial overgrowth. Our state-of-the-art services include:
- The Bravo pH Monitoring System, a catheter-free instrument that measures acidity levels in patients suspected of having gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). A small capsule is attached to the wall of the esophagus. It transmits data to a pager-sized receiver, which is worn by you for 48 hours. During the test, you push a button whenever you experience symptoms, so we can see if the symptoms correlate with episodes of acid reflux. When the test is over, data from the receiver is downloaded to pH analysis software, where it is analyzed.
- The SmartPill Capsule, a new technology available at only about a dozen medical centers around the country. The ingestible, wireless capsule measures pressure, pH and temperature as it moves through the GI tract, allowing physicians to identify where abnormalities in intestinal transit are located. The SmartPill transmits information to a data receiver worn by you. After the capsule has passed from the body, you return the receiver to the physician, who is able to display and analyze the data within minutes.
- Impedance monitoring is a catheter-based system that enables doctors to diagnose non-acid reflux. You wear the monitoring system for 24 hours, and push a button whenever you experience symptoms. Physicians then download and analyze the data to determine whether the reflux is acidic or non-acidic and whether the symptoms correlate with incidents of reflux.