After you check in, a nurse will meet with you to review your medical conditions and medications. An intravenous (IV) line will be placed in a vein in your arm. You will proceed to the procedure room, where your blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen level will be carefully monitored. A sedative will also be administered through your IV. You will soon feel drowsy, and while some people fall asleep, others remain awake during the procedure. A small capsule will be clipped to the lower part of the esophagus and then you will have to rest for a while until the effects of the medicine wear off. The test itself usually takes less than an hour.
- Q Are prescription medications available for GERD and heartburn?
- Q When is GERD surgery necessary?
- Q Who should consider gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) surgery?
- Q When might regurgitation require surgery?
- Q What can I do about acid reflux?
- Q What are some over-the-counter antacids for heartburn?