Northeast Georgia Physicians Group’s Heartburn & Swallowing Center offers fully integrated care and expertise in the management of a broad spectrum of esophageal diseases.
Heartburn & Swallowing Diagnostics
There are several ways to diagnose GERD and identify the cause of swallowing problems. Listed below are ways we have most accurately made diagnoses for our patients:
EGD – EGD is used in the evaluation of diseases of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum such as GERD, peptic ulcers, gastritis, tumors, bleeding and other conditions. It is performed by your surgeon under intravenous sedation as an outpatient procedure, and usually takes just a few minutes to complete.
Esophageal Manometry – Esophageal manometry, also known as motility testing, is a pressure measuring test of the esophagus. This allows us to see if the esophageal muscles are squeezing properly and whether the valve mechanism is functioning.
pH Monitoring – With this pH monitoring system, episodes of acid reflux are recorded on a tiny computer worn on the patient’s belt.
Upper GI/Barium Swallow – A upper GI or barium swallow is an x-ray of the esophagus and stomach. Other abnormalities can be seen on barium studies as well, including hiatal hernias.
Upper Endoscopy – During an upper endoscopy, a small scope is inserted into the patient’s mouth and down the esophagus, enabling the physician to obtain biopsies, perform procedures and diagnose issues.
Gallbladder Testing – Patients may need a test of the gallbladder to make sure some of your symptoms are not caused by gallbladder disease.
Why Choose NGPG?
Our surgeons utilize the most advanced monitoring techniques available for esophageal function testing and are leaders in making this testing available in North Georgia. Specializing in heartburn and swallowing, our team has decades of experience specifically with disorders of the esophagus.
Request an Appointment
To request an appointment with NGPG Heartburn & Swallowing Center, please call us at 770-219-9200 or use the form on this page.