Bravo Probe Test

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   Posted 12/12/2012 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone had this done before? I'm supposed to have a colonoscopy and an upper endoscopy next thursday and my doctor also wants to do the test where they place that Bravo Probe into your esophagus. I know i shouldn't but i have been researching complications and different things about it and i've seen a lot of people say bad things about it. One of the complications is Perforations and that really scares me. I know this procedure isn't THAT big of a deal but I'm not sure whether i want to have this done now or not. Has anyone had this done? If so, can tell me what your experiences were? Thank you!

Also, has anyone tried Dexilant? My doctor talked to me about switching to this medicine today and i was wondering if anyone has had good results with it or if it's helped them? I've been on Omeprazole for years now and if i didn't take it i'd really be in trouble but it seems to help. It's just for the past year i've been having trouble with constantly feeling like i have to cough and constantly clearing my throat(that's why he wants to do the Bravo testing) and the omeprazole doesn't seem to help that very much. My doctor also mentioned a surgery i think its called a Nissen Fundoplication but i'd want to try a different medicine before even considering having that done..

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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 12/12/2012 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chelsey, I am taking dexilant. It worked very well for me last year. This year I am having breakthrough symptoms and I'm not sure why--but yes, last year it did work well. I was not aware of the risk of perforation with the Bravo probe as my understanding is that it is a flexible probe. I've not had it done, though it has been strongly recommended that I do. My reason for not doing it is mostly the inconvenience, but I've known many people who've had it done without any true discomfort (just "feeling weirdness" at first)

My understanding is that there is a .03% risk of perforation with an endoscopy and this increases to 5%-20% if one has achalasia or eosinophilic esophagitis AND a dilation is done to release strictures. But a diagnostic endoscopy should pose a very small risk of perforation.There is also a risk of perforation with colonoscopy, but again, fairly rare, but more common than that of endoscopy. The surgeon should give you the stats on the consent form and definitely ask questions and read it fully.

I had an endoscopy MOnday--I had sedation --so the procedure was fine and quick. I am struggling with some after pain because I had multiple biopsies done and my esophagus is very irritated right now. It is getting better .

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   Posted 12/12/2012 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the Bravo done 3 years ago. I had no problem with it other than feeling a slight tug when I turned my head.
I much rather have it done than the 24 hr wire. Having that wire would drive me nuts!

If you're sedated when they do it you stand less chance of moving sudden causing mistakes.
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   Posted 12/13/2012 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the Bravo placement last Thursday. No problems with it. Remembering to press the buttons on the monitor with symptoms is annoying but no problems.
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