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Heartburn & Reflux Center

digestive painThe Heartburn & Reflux Center at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital is dedicated to the care of frequent, persistent, non-cardiac chest pain, gastroesophageal reflux disease, swallowing disorders and a wide range of digestive diseases and issues. Patients have access to the forefront of diagnostic tools and treatments.

Diagnostic Capabilities

Our state of the art facility offers extensive diagnostic tests and capabilities. These diagnostic capabilities ensure our patients are getting the best care possible to help ease their symptoms.

Bravo pH Probe Monitoring

  • 48-hour, minimally invasive test for the evaluation of heartburn or related symptoms by determining the frequency and duration of acid coming into the esophagus.
  • This catheter-free test involves a miniature pH capsule that is attached to the esophagus allowing patients to resume their daily routine until it falls off the wall of the esophagus and passes through the digestive tract.

Ambulatory 24 Hour pH-Impedance Monitoring

  • A study that measures and records the amount and severity of stomach contents backing up into the esophagus and can detect if the content of the reflux is acidic or non-acidic.
  • Involves inserting a flexible catheter through the patient’s nostril and placing it in the lower part of the esophagus. The external end is attached to a small pH recorder which is worn around the patient's waist or on a shoulder strap.
  • It allows for the assessment of proximal esophageal, distal esophageal and gastric pH to accurately measure the degree of acid reflux.

Esophageal Manometry

  • Esophageal manometry may be performed to evaluate the causes of gastric reflux, heartburn, difficulty swallowing and functional or atypical chest pain.
  • This test may be used in pre-operative evaluation if your patient is being considered for anti-reflux surgery or to ensure proper placement of pH probes in other diagnostic tests.

COMING SOON: Anorectal Motility Testing

  • Allows for the diagnosis of anorectal sensorimotor dysfunction for patients complaining of constipation, fecal incontinence or abdominal pain.

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