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Esophageal Manometry


Few days ago, my dad had consultation with Bariatric Surgeon on whether to get Laproscopic Nissen Fundoplication to get rid of INTOLERABLE burning in mouth that may be caused to GERD.

Surgeon advised two exams:

1 - Barium swallow (dad will drink barium, esophagus will be x-rayed)
2 - Esophageal manometry

First exam will be later this week and seems to be straightforward.

On the other hand, the Esophageal manometry looks dangerous. This is where a tube is stuck down a patient's nose, patient has to drink water when instructed so esophageal pressure is recorded. According to MayoClinic, serious side effects include

* Irregular heartbeat
* Stomach contents flowing back into your esophagus that you breathe into your lungs (aspiration)
* A hole in your esophagus (perforation)

How to minimize the risk of such complications? What type of Doctor is best suited to perform this test. It seems my father has bad luck with tests. Endoscopies, 24-hour PH probe brought on the INTOLERABLE burning in his mouth. I am afraid this test will do harm as well.

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