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What to Expect During Your Esophageal Manometry/Motility

Preparing for the Esophageal Manometry Procedure

Prior to your esophageal manometry procedure, you will be provided several pieces of patient information, including written instructions and forms. Like other endoscopic procedures, your upper GI tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum) must be empty of food and liquids. You must not eat or drink for at least 6 hours prior to your procedure. You should not smoke or chew gum during this time. Be sure to share any health conditions, allergies and medications you are taking with the staff or nurse preparing you for your procedure.

During the Esophageal Manometry Procedure

Your esophageal manometry procedure will be performed in an outpatient clinical setting. You may be provided a light sedative to calm and relax you as the tube is passed through your throat and esophagus. The pressure-sensitive tube will slowly be pulled back up through your esophagus with a computer monitoring pressure and patterns as it moves. You will be asked to swallow multiple times during the procedure to assess the pressure of muscle contractions. The procedure will take approximately one hour.

After the Esophageal Manometry Procedure

You may feel slight throat discomfort after the tube is removed. This should not be severe. You are able to return to normal activities immediately. Your gastroenterologist will evaluate the muscle and contraction pressure results of the test and share these with you and your physician or other specialists. The test results will play a role in determining a diagnosis and treatment program for your medical condition.

Please contact the Ambulatory Center for Endoscopy and Colonoscopy, LLC (ACE), at  1.877.ENDOACE (877.363.6223) for a referral to one of our specialists.

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