Treating Esophageal Motility Disorders

Gastroenterological Care in New Jersey

If you have been experiencing difficulty swallowing, chest pain, or heartburn, you may be an ideal candidate for an esophageal motility test. Also referred to as esophageal manometry, this procedure is generally used to evaluate disorders of movement or motility in the esophagus and to diagnose chest pain which is not caused by a cardiac disease. An esophageal motility test may also be performed before gastro esophageal reflux disease surgery to measure the pressure at the lower end of your esophagus.

At Gastromed Healthcare, P.A., our board certified gastroenterologists specialize in the treatment of the various diseases relating to the digestive system. Email us to learn how we can help.

How Does an Esophageal Motility Test Work?

During this procedure, we use a small flexible tube, which is inserted through your nose and into the esophagus, to evaluate and assess your muscle activity. This helps us accurately diagnose the cause of your symptoms. The procedure typically takes just under an hour and allows us to record the necessary information we need to get to better understand your condition. You will not be put under sedation so that we can gain accurate results, as you may be asked to do a number of small tests, such as swallowing.

The conditions evaluated with this procedure include:

  • Achalasia
  • Diffuse esophageal spasm
  • Nutcracker esophagus
  • Hypertensive lower esophageal sphincter

Don’t Go Undiagnosed. Contact Us for an Appointment!

It is important that you do not ignore symptoms like chest pain or other ailments that affect your ability to eat or drink. A licensed gastroenterologist is waiting to help you. We welcome the opportunity to treat you at one of our four practice locations in Hillsborough and Watchung.

To schedule an appointment or to get more information, please contact us at (908) 231-1999!