The purpose of Motility Testing is to measure the pressure to the lower esophageal sphincter, the pressure and coordination of the body of the esophagus, and the upper esophageal sphincter pressure and relaxation.
The test is performed for patients with swallowing problems, atypical chest pain, or long-standing esophageal reflux.
What to Expect
The esophageal manometry procedure will only take about 15 minutes. The medical staff will use a cream to numb the inside of your nose to make it more comfortable for you. Once the nose is numbed, A small, thin tube will be inserted through your nose. It will go down through your esophagus and all the way to your stomach. It is lubricated and very flexible so it will pass easily. The tube has different sensors located at different points along its length. They will measure your LES and the strength of your esophageal muscles. As the tube is removed, the doctor may ask you to swallow at certain times.
Even though the procedure is painless, you may feel a little discomfort while it goes down your throat. You may also feel like gagging. You may produce more saliva than normal or your eyes might water a little. Your nose might bleed just a little. Getting the tube into the right position only takes a minute and it will be less uncomfortable after it is in place. You will still be able to breathe normally while the tube is in place.