What is Acid Reflux Testing?

Acid reflux testing involves a series of diagnostic procedures to determine the presence and severity of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). These tests are crucial for accurately diagnosing acid reflux, understanding how it affects the esophagus, and identifying any related complications. At Southern ENT Associates, acid reflux testing may include pH monitoring, which tracks the acidity in the esophagus over a period, manometry testing to assess esophageal muscle contractions, and barium swallow studies, which visualize the digestive tract. These advanced diagnostic tools enable our specialists to tailor treatment plans effectively, ensuring precise and comprehensive care for patients suffering from acid reflux.

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Comprehensive Acid Reflux Diagnosis

Recognizing the signs of acid reflux and its potential impact on the throat, voice, and airways is crucial for effective treatment. Southern ENT Associates employs state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques to identify the presence and severity of acid reflux, providing a foundation for targeted treatment plans.

Advanced Testing Methods

Our approach to acid reflux testing includes a variety of advanced diagnostic tools and procedures:

pH Monitoring:

This test measures the acidity level in your esophagus over 24 hours, helping to pinpoint episodes of acid reflux.

Manometry Testing:

Manometry assesses the function of the esophagus and lower esophageal sphincter (LES), identifying abnormalities in muscle contractions and LES pressure that may contribute to acid reflux.

Barium Swallow Studies:

A radiographic examination that visualizes the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestine, highlighting abnormalities that could indicate GERD.

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What is Acid Reflux Testing Like to Experience?

Undergoing acid reflux testing at Southern ENT Associates is designed to be as comfortable and stress-free as possible. The experience begins with a thorough consultation, during which our ear, nose, and throat specialists explain each test and what to expect. 

  • For pH monitoring, a small sensor is temporarily placed in the esophagus, measuring acid levels over 24 hours with minimal discomfort. 
  • Manometry involves a slender tube passed through the nose into the esophagus, a process that is brief and well-tolerated with guidance from our caring team. 
  • Barium swallow studies require drinking a contrast solution before X-ray imaging, which is straightforward and painless. 

Throughout each step, our dedicated staff ensures you are informed, comfortable, and supported, reflecting our commitment to patient-centered care and excellence in treatment.

Personalized Care and Treatment

Following a thorough diagnostic assessment, our team at Southern ENT Associates develops personalized treatment plans that may include lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, medication, and, in some cases, surgical interventions. Our goal is to not only alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux but also to address its impact on your ENT health, improving your quality of life.

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Why Choose Southern ENT Associates for Acid Reflux Testing?

Choosing Southern ENT Associates for your ear, nose, and throat care means entrusting your health to the largest ENT group in Louisiana, renowned for its commitment to delivering the highest quality of medical and surgical care. Our network of leading physicians and specialists is board-certified and fellowship-trained, delivering world-class, evidence-based medicine to provide long-term relief and solutions for a wide range of ENT conditions.

At Southern ENT Associates, we have a patient-first philosophy. Our personalized approach ensures that care is tailored just for you, with a collaborative relationship that helps to achieve superior outcomes. Southern ENT Associates stands out not only for its comprehensive expertise in ENT care but also for offering a warm bedside manner and timely, compassionate attention. Our practice is built on the foundation of superior, personal care. By empowering you to understand your condition and the available treatment options, we put the power of health in your hands.

Start Your Journey to Relief

If you're experiencing symptoms of acid reflux, Southern ENT Associates is here to help. Our advanced testing and personalized approach to treatment can provide the relief and solutions you need. Contact us today to schedule your acid reflux testing and take the first step toward improving your health and well-being.

With 6 convenient locations in Southern Louisiana, we make accessing the treatment you need easy.

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