Manometry is a test used to identify problems with movement and pressure in the oesophagus. Manometry measures the strength and muscle coordination of the oesophagus while swallowing.
You should be on an empty stomach with overnight or 6 to 8 hours of fasting. Post-midnight, you must not consume anything, not even water.
You must inform the doctor about your underlying medical conditions and history.
This procedure usually takes about 15 to 30 minutes. It is performed by the treating doctor with a nurse assisting at all times.
You will be asked to sign a consent form.
Before the procedure, you will have to remove any jewellery or other objects that may interfere with the procedure.
You will have to remove your eye glasses, contact lenses and dentures.
You will be asked to change into a hospital gown.
You are settled comfortably in an area where your privacy is respected throughout the procedure.
While you lie in a comfortable position on your left side, the doctor will pass the manometry probe through the nose, down the oesophagus and into the stomach. A manometry probe is a thin, pressure-sensitive tube.
Local Anaesthetic Jelly will be applied in the nostril to reduce the discomfort.
You may experience slight discomfort when the probe is inserted through the nose.
You will be asked to swallow 5ml of water repeatedly to assess oesophageal motility.
The probe is gently removed from the oesophagus and nose, once the test is completed.
You must not consume solid food for a few hours until the swallowing reflex is normal.
There are no dietary restrictions after a few hours post procedure and you may resume normal activities.
Post the procedure, reports are issued after an hour.