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Esophageal Manometry or Motility Study

Esophageal Manometry or Motility Study

St. Mary's Day Endoscopy Suite Treatment & Procedures
Motility Study

What Is An Esophageal Manometry Or Motility Study?

Esophageal Manometry is a study of the motility (activity) and the strength of your swallow and esophageal muscles. As you swallow, the muscles will contract and the pressures will be recorded and measured. This test will also locate the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) which is near the junction of the esophagus and the

How Do I Prepare For This Study?

  • For four days before the study do not take REGLAN (Metoclopramide)
  • You may take heart and blood pressure medication up to two hours before the test.

After Midnight, the night before the study:

  • DO NOT eat or drink anything unless instructed differently.
  • DO NOT take any antacids (Tums, Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids).
  • All daily medications may be taken.
  • If diabetic, bring your diabetic medications along and take when the study is over.

What Happens During The Study?

A mild anesthetic will numb your nostril. A small probe (soft tube) will be passed through your nose, your esophagus and into the stomach. This tube is connected to a computer which will record the measurements as the tube is pulled out. We ask that you be very still and not talk as the study is being performed. Sips of water will be given to you to record your muscle activity as you swallow. This study lasts about one hour.

A Gastroenterologist will review this recording and the analysis. He will dictate his findings and recommendations. The report will be faxed to your doctor's office within five to six days.

Registration and Parking

You do not need someone with you for this study, however a friend or relative is welcome to accompany you and wait in our waiting room. Please feel free to park in any of the visitor parking lots. Enter through the hospital main entrance and report to the front lobby registration desk. You and your family will then be directed to the Endoscopy Suite. If you have any questions, please call (812) 485-4911.

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