– Upper endoscopy to look for a hiatus hernia and Barrett’s Oesophagus (damage to the oesophagus from reflux).
– Acid testings: 24hr pH studies where a thin tube is placed via the nostril into the stomach to test for acidity within the oesophagus and the stomach. This is usually ordered to confirm GORD.
– Manometry: pressure testing of the oesophagus is where a thin tube is temporarily placed via the nostril into the oesophagus to check for the motility of the oesophagus. This helps to guide the surgical management.
– Barium swallow: a test done in a radiology (X-Ray) department where a dye is swallowed and images taken to see the anatomy of the oesophagus and stomach. This may identify a hiatus hernia.
GORD can be diagnosed based on your symptoms. If symptoms are atypical then the diagnosis is usually made after performing one or more of the above tests. Total Upper GI Surgery will ensure that you undergo appropriate investigations to allow you to make an informed decision regarding treatment.