48-hour Bravo pH Capsule
48-hour Bravo pH Capsule is a procedure that that is performed by attaching a tiny capsule to the wall of your esophagus in order to measures presence of acid (pH) and sends a wireless signal to a receiver you wear on your waistband. This 48-hour monitoring allows your doctor to evaluate your heartburn and acid reflux symptoms and determine the best treatment plan for you. The disposable pH capsule will spontaneously detach and pass through your digestive system after several days.
The capsule is attached to a long tube called an introducer which is swallowed. Once it is at an appropriate level, suction is applied to the tube and a small about of esophageal lining is suctioned into the side of the capsule. A pin is then pushed through this lining, leaving the capsule “pinned” to the lining of the esophagus. A small recorder is worn for 48 hours and data is collected. It is subsequently downloaded into a computer program, and a printout is made available to Dr. Tajong to be interpreted.
Benefits of the 48-hour Bravo Test
Dr Tajong performs BRAVO testing to help in the management of patients with certain types of acid reflux symtoms.It is a catheter-free pH test, It is more tolerable and convenient way to evaluate your heartburn symptoms, and it allows you to engage in your usual activities during the test period:;e.g. Eat normally, Bathe and sleep comfortably, Maintain your daily life
Risks of the 48-hour Bravo Test
Potential complications associated with gastrointestinal endoscopy include perforation, hemorrhage, aspiration, fever, infection, hypertension, respiratory arrest, and cardiac arrhythmia or arrest. Potential complications associated with nasal intubation include: sore throat, discomfort, and nasopharyngeal damage resulting in bleeding and soft tissue damage. Other complications include: Premature detachment of the pH capsule, tears in the mucosal and sub mucosal layers of the esophagus, causing bleeding and requiring possible medical intervention, All pH testing procedures carry some risks. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and testing options.