A procedure that enables the doctor to evaluate the muscles in your esophagus.
What is esophageal motility (manometry)?
Esophageal motility (or manometry) is a procedure that enables the doctor to evaluate the muscles in your esophagus. It is performed by passing a small flexible tube through your nose into your esophagus. Once the tube is in place, it allows muscle activity to be assessed. This procedure is used to help diagnose patients who suffer from chest pain, heartburn, acid reflux or difficulty swallowing. It is also used to measure the pressure of the muscle at the lower end of the esophagus before surgery.
What should I expect during esophageal motility?
Plan to spend 45 to 60 minutes at the center the day of your procedure. The actual procedure takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. You will be lying down during the procedure. Once the tube is in place, you will need to swallow when you are asked. The tube will not interfere with your breathing. A nurse designated by the physician will do the procedure.
What happens after the exam?
You may return home or to work after the exam and resume your usual diet and activities. Results will be mailed to you 7 to 10 working days after your procedure.
Are there possible complications with esophageal motility?
This exam is very safe for you. There are very few potentially serious complications. You may feel minor discomfort during the procedure or have a sore throat after the procedure.
Results from any testing will be sent via mail or sent to the Patient Portal.