If swallowing hurts or is difficult, make an appointment to see us as soon as possible. Alexander P Gurrola M.D. will examine your throat and determine if there's a blockage. If blockage is an issue, you won't need esophageal manometry.
However, esophageal manometry may be used to determine if you have an esophageal spasm, achalasia, or scleroderma. This is done outside of the hospital and without sedation. Dr. Gurrola has performed the procedure for 22 years.
It's natural to feel a bit anxious about a new procedure, but we can ease some of your anxiety by telling you what to expect. Most people handle esophageal manometry very well. Your throat will be numbed and a tube is placed down your esophagus, which detects how well your esophageal muscles are working.
The procedure lasts about 30 minutes and you may experience some gagging and watery eyes. When it's over, you can get back to your day.