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Esophageal manometry instructions

Esophageal manometry is a test that measures pressures in your esophagus to see if it is functioning properly.

Before the procedure

You may have your regular meals on the day before the test.
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. This also includes chewing gum, mints and hard candies.
No smoking.
You will be asked to sign an informed consent and provide information regarding allergies, medicines you are now taking, existing medical conditions and previous surgeries.

During the procedure

Your nostrils will be numbed with an anesthetic gel to allow for easier placement of the catheter. A cotton-tipped applicator (Q-tip like) will be inserted and removed, followed by introduction of the catheter.
No sedatives will be given for this test.
The test lasts 15 to 20 minutes.
You will be asked to lie quietly during the test and swallow small amounts of water several times until the data collection is complete.

After the procedure

You may resume your normal daily activities, diet and medications after the test. If your throat was sprayed to numb your throat, you must wait at least one hour to eat or drink. Since no sedatives are given you will be able to drive yourself home.
Your nostril or throat may be slightly sore for 1-2 days.
Please schedule a follow-up visit with your physician to discuss the results of the test.
If you experience any problems after the test, please contact your physician.

Questions or concerns?

Esophageal manometry is an important diagnostic test. If you have any questions or concerns, call our office.

Your test will be performed at our office. Please check-in at the front desk.