Bravo PH with EGD Questions

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   Posted 1/25/2012 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   

My name is Kris, and I live in beatiful state of FLORIDA. Here is my disease history, and question about test: Bravo PH with EGD.

After suffering from dry cough and scratchy throat with sharp burning sensation several times during day and more during nights since June-2010 for about 6-months, and failed to go away after treating  with cough medications, prednisone (steroid to reduce swelling), nasal-sprays (for allergies), and antibiotics--- my doctor recommend me to ENT specialist who, after examining me with Laryngoscope, said my throat was quite red (from acid corrosion) and diagnosed me with LARYNGOPHARYNGEAL REFLUX DISEASE (LPR). This was in Jan-2011. Since then I had been on low-acid foods diet, and taking PPIs, Omerprazole-20mg for about 9-months, 40-mg for about 2-months, and finally Dexilan-60mg for about 30-days. Dexilan seems to help—but its high dose, and not recommended for long term. I had not had very good results with Omerprazole even though my recent Laryngoscope had shown that the redness in my throat was gone (before taking Dexilan)! Recently my ENT specialist recommended me to a surgeon for evaluation and performance of procedure (one of) either: TIF (transoral incisionless fundoplication) or Nissen surgery. However, before deciding which one is right for me—my surgeon recommended me to a GI for (invasive) test called:  Bravo PH with EGD.

I am very skeptical when it comes to procedures or surgery, and would like to know if any of the readers had gone thru this “Bravo PH with EGD”, and if so what’s your experience in terms of how it is, safety of it or whatever pluses/minuses, and what are the implications from downside, and other side effects.

I appreciate anyone helping me with the above?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Kris

 

I gave your thread a title - welcome aboard.  Kitt

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 1/25/2012 5:08:31 PM (GMT-7)


efit
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   Posted 1/25/2012 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kris,

I, too came down with GERD / LPR suddenly 8.5 months ago. about 6 months ago, I had the procedure you referred to. I had a 96 hr BRAVO. They put you out w/ a mild sedative for about 15 min. During the procedure, they place a transmitter capsule inside your esophagus. It is the size of a multi-vitamin pill and clips onto the inside of the lower 1/3 of the esoph. You can feel that something is there but it's not really painful. After 96 hours (in my case) it detached on it's own and was eventually excreted. You wear a monitor the size of a pager on your belt at all times except showering and live your life as normal for the duration of the study. You then take your monitor back to your doc and they read the results. It will tell you how many episodes of reflux you had.

Hope that helps,

Liz

bcfromfl
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   Posted 1/25/2012 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kris --

I have LPR, had the TIF in August of '11, and can give you the low-down, if you need it. I'm adding to a thread "Nissen after TIF", that has a lot of info in it.

If you're in northern or NW Florida, I can give you some names of good docs...and ones to avoid.

-Bruce
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