Bravo pH Monitoring System
Information about GERD
The vast majority of patients seen in the GI/Endoscopy Lab are outpatients. Mindful that outpatients are usually anxious to get on with their day, the lab works very hard to keep wait times to a minimum.
The qualified staff of board-certified physicians use modern equipment and advanced technology to diagnose diseases or disorders associated with the gastrointestinal tract, biliary system, pancreas, liver and lung.
The Endoscopy Team, consisting of RN's LPN's patient care assistants and patient care secretaries, has an excellent rapport with the physicians built around a common goal of delivering the best care to our patients. The average patient spends about two hours in the lab which allows for completion of the diagnostic examination as well as recovery from sedation.
GI/Endoscopy Lab Services
The GI/Endoscopy Lab at Princeton Baptist brings together a specially trained group of board certified gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, and surgeons who are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders.
In the lab, sophisticated equipment enables our staff to evaluate both routine and complex diagnostic problems. Referring physicians also remain involved in subsequent treatment decisions and the follow-up care of their patients.
Some of Princeton Baptist's GI/Endoscopy services include:
- Peptic Ulcer Disease
- Swallowing Disorders
- Helicobacter Pylori Screening
- Gastro Esophageal Reflux (GERD)
- Malignancy Screening
- Occult GI Blood Loss
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- GI Hemorrhage Modalities
- Esophageal Banding
- Injection Therapy
- Stricture Dilation
- Foreign Body Removal
- Esophageal Stenting
- Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
- Jejunostomy Placement (PEJ)
- Colon Decompression
Small Bowel Enteroscopy
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Pancreatic/Biliary Disorder
- Stone Extraction
- Stent Placement
- Stricture Dilation
- Nasobiliary Catheter Drainage
GI Lab Studies
- Esophageal Manometry
- 24-Hour PH Study
- Anal Rectal Manometry
Percutaneous Liver Biopsy
- Lung Cancer
- Bracytherapy for Lung Cancer
- Transtracheal Oxygen Catheter Placement
- Mediastinal Needle Biopsy
- Bronchial Stents
- Pleural Biopsy
GERD and The Bravo pHTM Monitoring System
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) results when gastric acid, food, and liquid from the stomach chronically flow up into the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach). Princeton Baptist was the first in Birmingham to offer The Bravo procedure, which is used to measure and diagnose the severity of a patient's esophageal acidity level.
The procedure involves a small pH capsule, about the size of a gelcap that is attached to the esophagus. The capsule then transmits the pH readings to a pager-sized data recorder worn on the patient's belt or waistband. After 48 hours the monitoring capsule releases from the esophagus and is passed through the body naturally.
The entire procedure takes only a few minutes and most patients experience far less discomfort than with the traditional catheter procedure. Most importantly, the Bravo procedure does not interfere with a patient's daily activities. The study results obtained with the Bravo system are more representative of a patient's normal day, and because 48 hours of data can be recorded, more data is a available to the physician.
Learn more about the Bravo pH Monitoring System by viewing the patient brochure.