Bravo pH Monitoring System is used to measure the degree of acidity in your esophagus over a 24 hour period. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a condition that causes pain and inflammation of the esophagus (the swallowing tube that leads to the stomach) due to stomach acid. Bravo pH is a wireless system for monitoring the pH or acidity of your esophagus. The monitor is a plastic gel cap sized capsule that is temporarily attached to the esophageal tissue either without or following an upper endoscopy (EGD). The capsule continuously senses the distal esophagus pH and sends the information to a receiver that is worn on your waistband.
If you are a candidate to have this study done, as instructed by your doctor, you may be encouraged to do your normal daily activities, eat your normal diet, and keep a diary. The risks and benefits and possibility of complications will be discussed with you by your doctor prior to your procedure.
When the study is complete, your doctor will instruct you to remove and return the receiver and the diary, where your results will be discussed and the best treatment planned. The capsule will fall off by itself and pass through your digestive system after a few days.
Following are instructions which will also be given to you by your doctor. Please review them and follow them as directed.
On the day of your procedure: Plan to arrive at the time designated by your physician.
- Please bring your insurance card, Photo ID, insurance co-pay and all forms completed.
DO NOT BRING ANY VALUABLES; THIS INCLUDES JEWELRY, MONEY, CREDIT CARDS, CELL PHONES, ETC. UNLESS NEEDED FOR CO-PAY. THERE ARE NO LOCKERS AVAILABLE.
- Please do not apply lotion before the procedure.
- Please come accompanied by another adult or plan for a ride home – you will not be able to drive for 24 hours following sedation (if you are having an EGD).
- Please bring a list of your medications you are currently taking with the dosage and times including vitamins and herbal supplements.
- If you take blood thinners, aspirin, Motrin, anti-inflammatory medication, notify your physician prior to your procedure.
- If you are taking Blood Pressure medication, heart medication or seizure medication – you make take that in the morning with a sip of water.
- Diabetic patients – Consult your PCP regarding medication the day of theprocedure – your blood sugar level will be taken the day of the procedure.
- Parking is available in the parking garage.
- If you have any medical questions, please contact your doctor.