Heartburn can be treated with over the counter stuff. But in severe cases of gastric reflux, where all that acid comes up into the throat, the problem could end up damaging the vocal chords.
That's when the patient needs a more serious strategy to get relief. Traditionally, the test for acid reflux involves a tube through the nose for most of the day.
But at some clinics across the country, doctors are tossing the tube for a high tech pill instead. It's called the Bravo Pill, and it's actually a radio controlled capsule.
The patient is sedated while the capsule is clipped into the lining of the throat. From then on, it can measure your acid reflux and radio the results to a receiver in your pocket until the capsule eventually works its way loose and passes through the digestive system.
It is less embarassing than wearing a tube through the nose, but the pill's not perfect because you leave with a sore throat and can't eat chunky foods for a while. Even so, for some people, the Bravo Pill offers a more convenient option in diagnosing severe acid reflux disease. So doctors can then determine the best treatment to fix the problem.
If you'd like more information, two doctors at Covenant Hospital have been trained to use the Bravo Pill in diagnosing gastric reflux. Just call Covenant and ask for Dr. Elias Ghandour or Dr. Kumar Narendran.