GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease which occurs when the acid from the stomach backs up into the esophagus causing irritation and discomfort. In severe cases, the contents of the stomach may also flush backward. If this condition persists, it can eventually damage the lining of the esophagus.
Heartburn and acid reflux are milder versions of GERD. When either occurs at least two times a week or more, the doctor may upgrade the patient's diagnosis to GERD and begin treatment accordingly. If Dr. Treyzon detects the condition early enough, the right treatment options and positive lifestyle habits may prevent permanent damage to the esophagus.
The Bravo Capsule allows Dr. Treyzon to assess the pH level of the stomach and the esophagus in real time. It can determine how often the contents of the stomach enter the esophagus, how long it remains, and the overall acidity of the environment when nothing is present.
The Bravo Capsule doesn’t use any invasive equipment or catheters. Instead, a small capsule is inserted into the esophageal wall and uses wireless technology to transmit the signals to a recording device for 48 hours. The patient can wear the device on the waistband of their pants or in a pocket, allowing them to continue their daily activities.
The most valuable information Dr. Treyzon needs to make an accurate GERD diagnosis is the acidity of the environment, both of the stomach as well as the esophagus. Because he places the Bravo Capsule inside the lining of the esophagus, it sends continuous, real time readings. That means it shows the level of acid within the esophagus both during and after an episode in which the stomach's contents are present. It also measures the amount of acid in the esophagus when no food has been eaten or is in the stomach.
Because the information is provided continuously in real time, Dr. Treyzon can accurately diagnose GERD and treat it accordingly. That helps him reduce the severity of the symptoms and prevent damage to the esophagus.
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