Manometry testing is often ordered and reported by Professor Falk prior to reflux surgery to:
- Confirm the diagnosis to achieve best results
- Exclude other diseases
- Help advise the patient regarding the potential for post-surgical side effects
It is often performed in the process of diagnosis if there is a sensation of food sticking in the oesophagus, chest pain, throat symptoms or cough.
- Local anaesthetic is used to numb the nose and throat
- The small flexible tube is swallowed easily
- Pressure waves are measured on each swallow
- The pressure in the valve between the stomach and oesophagus is measured
- The test takes about 20 minutes
Results are not immediately available, requiring calculation, and will be sent to your referring doctor.