Ambulatory Acid Probe Testing

Ambulatory Acid Probe Testing Clinic Q&A

Here at Vanguard Gastroenterology, our team of amazing staff has decades of combined experience specializing in the digestive system and digestive disorders. One of our many services includes ambulatory acid probe tests for acid reflux. For more information, please call us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you. Visit us at a location near you.

Ambulatory Acid Probe Testing Clinic Near Me in New York, NY
Ambulatory Acid Probe Testing Clinic Near Me in New York, NY

Table of Contents:

What is an ambulatory acid probe test?
How is an ambulatory acid probe test done?
What are the symptoms of too much acid in your stomach?
What are the symptoms of low stomach acid?

An unhealthy gut can cause insomnia, bloating, constipation, rashes, food sensitivities, weight fluctuations, fatigue, and more. Vanguard gastroenterology wants to make sure that you’re getting the proper digestive health care you need.

What is an ambulatory acid probe test?


An ambulatory acid probe test’s main objective is to diagnose either severe acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease. This test will measure your acid level, otherwise known as your pH level, for about 96 hours and provide your doctor with the information they need to come up with a treatment plan.

How is an ambulatory acid probe test done?


During an ambulatory acid probe test, your doctor will place a pH probe into your esophagus used to measure your acid levels. This tube will be attached to a special monitor that you’ll have to wear on your waist for 24 hours. After the 24 hours is up, your doctor will remove the tube and discuss treatment plans according to the test results. Alternatively, your doctor may want to do a wireless test requiring an upper endoscopy. In this instance, your doctor will attach the probe to your esophagus that will provide feedback for up to 96 hours until it leaves your body through a bowel movement. Talk to your doctor about which option is best for your case and how to prepare for the test.

The results will show your doctor if your symptoms are coming from one of these conditions:

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is the most common result and can be treated with antacids, changes in diet, and prescribed medications that block acid production.

GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease happens when acid travels up to your mouth and damages your esophagus. In most cases, GERD can be treated within 2 to 8 weeks with proper medications and lifestyle changes.

Esophagitis

Esophagitis symptoms include difficulty swallowing and chest pain. This condition occurs because of severe inflammation and tissue damage in the esophagus. It can be cleared up within a month if you seek medical attention and can lead to a serious medical emergency if you don’t!

Barrett’s Esophagus

Barrett’s esophagus happens when GERD goes untreated for too long and can lead to life-threatening cancer. There are many at-home treatments and medications that someone with Barrett’s esophagus can take; however, they cannot ever be completely cured. If you have this condition, you’ll need to visit your doctor frequently for cancer screening.

What are the symptoms of too much acid in your stomach?


High stomach acid can cause very uncomfortable symptoms in the digestive symptoms including:

– Nausea
– Decreased appetite
– Weight loss
– Heartburn
– Abdominal pain
– Bloating
– Vomiting

What are the symptoms of low stomach acid?


Many people know that too much acid in your stomach can cause many unpleasant symptoms but did you know that you can also have too little stomach acid? Symptoms of low stomach acid include but are not limited to the following:

– Bloating
– Cramping
– Constipation
– Diarrhea
– Heartburn
– Indigestion
– Nausea
– Gas
– Increased hunger

Before coming in for an ambulatory acid probe procedure, you’ll need to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our specialists. Call our friendly reception at the Midtown clinic (212)889-5544 or the Broadway clinic at (212)889-5544. To request an appointment online at Vanguard Gastroenterology, click the link on our website and fill out a short request form and our team will contact you within 24 hours. We serve patients from New York NY, Queens NY, Brooklyn NY, The Bronx NY, East Elmhurst NY, Ridgewood NY, Valley Stream NY, and Staten Island NY. We look forward to seeing you at one of our clinics and hope to see you fully recovered from acid reflux as soon as possible!

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