acid-reflux-diagnosis-los-angelesMany people suffer from acid reflux symptoms for years without seeking treatment. The doctors at La Peer Health Systems’ Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence believe that no one should let reflux symptoms prevent him or her from enjoying life. To that end, we offer a number of state-of-the-art acid reflux diagnosis tests as well as diagnostics for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Barrett’s esophagus.

EGD

Also known as an upper endoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a procedure used to visualize the esophagus, stomach and small intestines. Performed on an outpatient basis, EGD involves the insertion of a flexible tube with a camera at the end into the throat. Before placing the tube, known as an endoscope, your gastroenterologist will utilize an IV to administer a sedative and painkiller. You should not experience any pain or discomfort as part of the EGD.

During the procedure, you will lie on your side while the gastroenterologist inserts the endoscope. By inflating the digestive tract with mild air pressure, the doctor will be able to visualize the esophagus using the camera at the end of the tube. He or she may also choose to perform a biopsy of the esophageal tissue at this time. Upper endoscopies take just 20 minutes and are an effective way of diagnosing GERD and other conditions such as Barrett’s esophagus.

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Our medical director, Dr. Mahtabifard, underwent his EGD at our facilities and shared his experience.

ESO Pill

A revolutionary new procedure, the ESO pill (also known as capsule endoscopy) enables our gastroenterologists to visualize the lining of the esophagus without the need for sedation. Less invasive than a traditional endoscopy, ESO is also a useful diagnostic technique for patients with GERD or Barrett’s esophagus who may need to monitor their condition over time.

When you undergo an ESO procedure, our gastroenterologists will instruct you to lie down on an exam table in their office. You will then swallow the ESO capsule, which is actually a tiny wireless camera about the size of a multi-vitamin. As you sip water for a period of ten minutes, the capsule will travel through your esophagus and take hundreds of pictures, which are sent to a recording device. Eventually, the ESO pill will travel through the stomach and be excreted with your body’s wastes.

After Your Acid Reflux Diagnosis

The board-certified gastroenterologists at the Reflux Surgery Center perform endoscopies as an outpatient basis at our facility in Los Angeles. After an upper endoscopy, you must stay at the facility for a couple of hours while the sedative wears off. Patients who undergo an ESO pill procedure can leave almost immediately after the test has been completed. Our gastroenterologists will discuss the results of your test with you right away, though they may have to wait for the lab to send any test results from a biopsy. Once a diagnosis has been reached, our expert doctors will sit down with you to discuss treatment options. Our goal is to relieve your reflux symptoms as soon as possible while taking steps to prevent further damage to the esophagus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are tests for gastroesophageal reflux disease painful?

A: Tests for GERD are not painful, and you should experience little discomfort during the procedures. ESO is a noninvasive way of testing for reflux and other esophageal conditions without the need for sedation.

Q: Can blood tests diagnose GERD?

A: Blood tests are not an effective way of diagnosing GERD. Ask our gastroenterologists about your testing options.

Q: Who should be tested for GERD?

A: The board-certified doctors at the Reflux Surgery Center recommend that people who experience heartburn more than twice a week be tested for GERD and other potentially dangerous conditions like Barrett’s esophagus.

Q: How does the ESO pill leave my system after the test?

A: The ESO pill will eventually travel through the stomach and be excreted naturally.

Contact Our Reflux Specialists

Diagnosing reflux early can help prevent the condition from progressing. To schedule your procedure at the newly remodeled Reflux Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, call us at (888) 593-1042 or request an appointment online.

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