Heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers—these conditions can keep you up at night and uncomfortable during the day. Left untreated, they can lead to more serious problems.
We help heal these conditions and get you back to enjoying meals and your life. Every person with gastroesophageal disease is different, and our team considers your individual situation when we plan your care. Count on us for the most advanced testing and treatments with the best possible results.
Endoscopy uses a flexible tube called an endoscope to examine your digestive tract. We provide a full range of endoscopic procedures to diagnose and treat conditions such as:
- Heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Barrett’s esophagus
- Swallowing disorders
- Esophageal cancer
Our Endoscopy Center offers endoscopy, ablation treatments and other state-of-the-art procedures.
Esophageal Motility Center
Motility is the movement of food through the esophagus. When the muscles weaken or don’t work properly, it can feel like food is stuck in your throat. Problems with motility can also cause heartburn or GERD.
At our Esophageal Motility Center, we diagnose motility issues with advanced tests such as:
- Ambulatory esophageal pH study. This test uses a thin tube called a catheter inserted into your esophagus (a tube that leads from the mouth to the stomach). It remains in place for 24 hours as you go about your day. You’ll record your symptoms and what you eat, which can show a link to acid reflux. At Lahey, we also use a small device called a Bravo capsule for this test. It measures how often stomach acid enters the esophagus and sends information wirelessly to a recorder at your waist.
- Esophageal impedance study. With this study, your provider places a thin catheter in your esophagus and attaches it to a recording device at your waist. As you go about your regular daily activities over the next 24 hours, this test measures liquid or gas reflux in your esophagus.
- High-resolution esophageal manometry. This uses a thin catheter to measure the pressure in your esophagus as you swallow.