Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, is a chronic condition in which stomach acid returns up into the esophagus causing burning, pain, burping, and coughing. Your doctor may order additional testing to determine the severity of your GERD. One such test is the 48 hour Bravo testing monitor which determines how often the acid comes into the esophagus and also the quantity of acid in each bout of reflux.
Before the test, it is important to follow your doctor’s orders regarding medications and eating. During the procedure a small capsule size device is temporarily attached to the inner wall of your esophagus. This capsule measures the pH levels in your esophagus throughout your day and transmits the measurements to a small device worn on your belt.
After the capsule is attached, you will go about your day as usual. Continue to follow your doctor’s advice about medications; but you can eat and drink as usual. It is important to recreate the situations that cause the reflux in order to determine it’s severity. When you have a symptom, you will be instructed to press a button on the receiver. You will also record the times you start and stop eating, and when you lie down and get back up. You will be given clear instructions prior to the test. If you have any questions be sure to discuss it with your doctor or a staff member.