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Esophageal Manometry Frequently Asked Questions:

Question: Why can't I have sedation?
Answer: Sedation would relax the muscles being studied and interfere with the results of the esophageal function study.


Question: Do I need a driver?
Answer: No, afterwards you may eat, drink and resume your normal activities.


Question: Can I take my morning medications before esophageal manometry?
Answer: No, your stomach needs to be completely empty, so nothing after midnight to eat or drink. All medications that cause drowsiness should be stopped two days before testing.


Question: How big is the catheter?
Answer: About as big as the end of a cotton swab.


Question: Will my breathing be interfered with?
Answer: No, the tube goes down the esophagus and doesn't interfere with breathing.


Question: Is there another test I could have instead?
Answer: No, esophageal manometry is the only way to measure the strength and function of the esophagus.


Question: Didn't my doctor see my esophagus when I had an upper endoscopy?
Answer: Yes, but you can't tell by looking how the muscles and upper and lower esophageal sphincters are working.


Question: Will I get the results the day of my procedure?
Answer: No, the doctor has to study the results. You will get your results in one to two weeks.