Gastroenterology Testing

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a form of chronic reflux disease that can be quite uncomfortable. GERD is different from having occasional heartburn. Our gastroenterology team at St. Luke’s Hospital can test for GERD.

St. Luke’s was one of the first in the country to use the Bravo pH monitoring system to diagnose GERD. Traditional tests included passing a catheter through the nasal passage and into the esophagus. The catheter would have to stay in place for at least 24 hours to collect pertinent pH data. The Bravo pH system features implantation of a small capsule that temporarily attaches to the patient's esophagus. The capsule transmits data through a radiotelemetry "pager" worn by the patient, and is passed through the body after its use. The patient continues daily activities unencumbered by uncomfortable tubing.

Read more about GERD, or call St. Luke’s Hospital’s main number at 419-893-5911 for more information about the Bravo pH monitoring system to test for GERD.