Manometry Testing in Fort Collins, CO | Centers for Gastroenterology

Premier Manometry Testing in Fort Collins, CO

Centers for Gastroenterology has provided Fort Collins, CO and the surrounding areas with premier manometry testing since 2007. We offer our patients high-quality care, accessibility, unparalleled customer service, and local doctors. Our physicians are highly trained and always willing to answer any questions or address any concerns you might have. Check out our blog to learn more.

What is Manometry?

Manometry, which is also referred to as esophageal manometry, is a test that measures the pressures and patterns of muscle contractions in your esophagus. This outpatient test ultimately determines if your esophagus is working correctly. The test analyzes everything from movement to pressure. Abnormalities in the contractions and strength of the muscle or the sphincter at the lower end of the esophagus can result in pain, heartburn, and difficulty swallowing. An esophageal manometry helps diagnose the various conditions that can cause these undesirable symptoms.

Why is There a Need To Perform Manometry Measures?

If you’re experiencing difficulty swallowing, pain when swallowing, frequent or severe heartburn, regurgitation, or chest pain, you might benefit from a manometry test. This test is typically recommended to patients with the mentioned symptoms, as they might be related to an esophageal disorder. An esophageal manometry will be performed after other tests – such as x-rays or upper endoscopies – rule out a narrowing or blockage of the esophagus. Manometry measures can also help to diagnose diffuse esophageal spasm, achalasia, and scleroderma.

What To Expect During Testing

A healthcare professional from Centers for Gastroenterology will apply a numbing cream to numb the inside of your nostrils. Next, a thin, flexible, and lubricated tube will move through your nose and advance into your stomach. During this, you will swallow sips of water. It is possible for mild or brief gagging to occur while the tube is traveling through the throat. Once the tube is in position, it will be connected to a computer will you are either sitting upright or lying on your back.

It is important to breathe slowly and smoothly once the test begins. It is also important to remain quiet and avoid swallowing unless instructed to do so. At the end of the test, the tube will be slowly extracted from your esophagus. The computer will measure and record the pressures in different parts of your esophagus. IT is not uncommon to experience some discomfort in your nose and throat during the test. The test will take approximately 30 minutes, and the results will be sent to your doctor’s office in the following days.

How To Prepare For Testing

An empty stomach allows for the best and safest examination, so do not eat or drink anything for 6 hours before the test. Since many medications can affect esophageal pressure and the natural muscle contractions required for swallowing, be sure to discuss each medication you are taking with your healthcare professional. Your doctor may ask that you temporarily stop taking one or more medications before your test.

Contact Us Today To Schedule Your Manometry Test

Centers for Gastroenterology is dedicated to providing its patients with the best care in Northern Colorado. Our comprehensive services include diagnosis, medical management, and endoscopic treatment of diseases affecting the digestive system. For premier manometry testing in the Fort Collins, CO area, contact Centers for Gastroenterology today to schedule an appointment.

References: ASGE, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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