This page provides information regarding the Manometry service offered by LapSurgery Australia. You may have been advised by your doctor to undergo a Manometry study to assess your oesophagus. This can be done using our high resolution ManoScan machine which assesses the functioning of your oesophagus. You may also need to wear a monitor for 24 hours to assess acid levels in your oesophagus.
For the pH studies, the first catheter is removed and replaced with a fine catheter that can stay in place for the 24 hours. This is then connected to a recording device worn under your clothing and secured with a belt. The catheter is secured to the nose with tape. You can go about your daily activities but may prefer to stay at home as the catheter is easily visible.
If a 24-hour pH study is performed you will need to return the next day for removal of the catheter and returning of the recording device. A deposit of $300 is payable on the day for the pH recording device and will be refunded on return. During the 24-hour study it is important that you eat and drink normally. You should also eat a “challenge” meal which is high in fat and more likely to show a strong acid response. This may be pizza, hamburger and chips or another food of your choice.
You will be instructed how to record certain events during the 24-hour study such as meals, medications and sleeping. These will be recorded both on the device (by pressing certain buttons) and in a written diary.
1. Cease any of the following medications for 10 days including:
2. Cease any sedatives such as Valium for 24 hours
3. Fast for a minimum of 6 hours.
4. Inform staff of any allergies you may have to tapes or medications.
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