In a significant stride towards precision healthcare, Barton Health in South Lake Tahoe, California, now offers the groundbreaking Bravo pH Monitoring system. This minimally invasive procedure revolutionizes the diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), providing valuable insights for healthcare providers to tailor effective treatment plans.
Understanding GERD: A Chronic Challenge
GERD, a chronic condition marked by the recurrent flow of stomach acid into the esophagus, can lead to persistent discomfort, frequent heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, and other complications. Barton Health recognizes the impact of GERD on both physical and mental well-being, emphasizing the need for advanced diagnostic tools to enhance treatment strategies.
Bravo pH Monitoring System: A Game-Changer in Diagnosis
The Bravo pH Monitoring system complements traditional evaluation methods like esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). This innovative diagnostic tool involves the implantation of a small wireless probe during an EGD, allowing for a comprehensive investigation of the upper digestive tract.
During EGD, a flexible tube equipped with a tiny camera is inserted into the esophagus, stomach, and digestive system. This procedure aids in identifying abnormalities caused by acid reflux, such as inflammation or damage. The Bravo pH system takes it a step further by continuously measuring the frequency and duration of acid reflux episodes over an extended period, ranging from 48 to 96 hours.
Strategic Timing for Assessment
Dr. W. Reid Shepard, a board-certified general surgeon, highlights the strategic timing of assessing GERD symptoms, particularly after events like holiday meals, known for triggering acid reflux. This allows healthcare providers to design effective treatment plans tailored to individual needs.
The Advantages of Bravo pH Monitoring System
The small wireless probe eliminates the need for removal, as it dissolves and is naturally evacuated by the digestive system. This non-intrusive approach ensures patient comfort while providing crucial information for treatment options and management strategies for GERD.
“Living with GERD can be challenging, but with a well-designed treatment plan, you can effectively manage symptoms and improve the quality of life,” emphasizes Dr. Shepard.
Barton Health’s commitment to high-quality, compassionate care is evident in its range of medical services and cutting-edge technologies. From Mako SmartRoboticsTM joint replacement to Bioness Vector Elite Gait and Safety System for patient rehabilitation, Barton Health continues to lead with innovation in medical technology and comprehensive care for the Lake Tahoe community.
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