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Published on March 16, 2017

An inside job: Swallowing and digestive problems are the focus at our heartburn and reflux center

Ugh. It’s happening again—that pain in your chest after you eat, along with a burning sensation traveling up toward your throat.

ibs painIf that description sounds all too familiar, you might want to make an appointment at the Heartburn and Reflux Center at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. The gastrointestinal specialists at the center have the latest state-of-the-art equipment and tests to help ease your symptoms.

“For example, we now have testing that allows us to better diagnose and treat conditions like heartburn, swallowing problems and chest pain not related to the heart,” says Steven Lichtenstein, DO, Medical Director of Digestive Health Services.

New testing available

One of the new tests is called manometry. It uses a pressure-sensitive tube to measure how well your esophagus moves food down to your stomach.
Here’s how manometry works:

  • First, the inside of your nose is numbed with medicine. Then a thin tube is passed through your nose, down your esophagus and into your stomach.
  • The tube is slowly pulled back up from your stomach into your esophagus.
  • The doctor will ask you to swallow. The tube will measure the pressure of muscle contractions in your esophagus. 
  • The doctor also can check acid (pH) levels in your esophagus and perform other studies while the tube remains in place.

Depending on the results of the manometry, the doctor might prescribe medications, a second procedure or surgery.

If you have frequent heartburn or swallowing problems, talk with your doctor.

Give us a call

For more information about the Heartburn and Reflux Center, call 610.534.6270.

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