What is BRAVO pH Testing?

BRAVO pH Testing is a catheter-free test that measures pH levels in your esophagus. If you’re having heartburn and acid reflux, this test allows your doctor to evaluate these symptoms and come up with the best course of treatment for your symptoms. A very small, gel-cap size capsule is temporarily attached to the wall of your esophagus and usually only takes a few minutes for placement. Once it is in position, a small amount of esophageal tissue is suctioned into the capsule which allows it to become locked in place. Your pH measurements are then continuously monitored for 24 to 48 hours by the capsule. The information is transmitted wirelessly to a small receiver that is worn on a waist band. When the study is finished, information is uploaded to a computer where it will then be analyzed.

Preparing to Receive a BRAVO pH Test at Blair Gastroenterology and Allegheny Regional Endoscopy

The capsule can be placed very quickly and easily, so a hospital stay is not usually required. No sedation is necessary during the process, and you will either sit or lie back while the capsule is being put into place. Little or no discomfort is usually experienced. Most people return to work or school immediately after and during the test period. Throughout the test, you can carry on with your everyday activities, sleeping, bathing and eating as you normally would. You will be asked to keep a diary of your eating and sleeping during the test. The tiny capsule will spontaneously detach from your esophagus in a few days and pass through your digestive system and become expelled through a bowel movement. Once the test is complete you will return the receiver and diary to your doctor where your results will be analyzed to determine if you have GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and what your treatment options are. This test has been proven to be more tolerable and convenient than the catheter-based system with evaluating your symptoms, and it will give the doctor a very accurate picture of your acid exposure. Blair Gastroenterology Associates specializes in endoscopic procedures and would be happy to accommodate your need for this type of testing. Please be sure to contact our office or speak to your primary care doctor today about referring you to one of our specialists.