What is a Bravo?
Bravo is a simple way to evaluate your gastroesophageal reflux symptoms.
How it works
After administering a local anesthesia, your physician will place a Bravo reflux capsule into your esophagus using a delivery device. The test involves a miniature pH capsule, approximately the size of a gel cap, which is temporarily attached to the wall of your esophagus. Throughout the test period, the Bravo reflux capsule will measure the pH in your esophagus and transmit this information to the Bravo reflux recorder, worn on your belt or waistband just like a mobile phone. Once the Bravo reflux capsule has been placed and you have been instructed how to use the bravo reflux recorder, you can leave your physicians office and go about your normal activities. Once the test has been completed, you will need to return the recorder according to your physician’s office’s instructions so that your test data can be downloaded for analysis. The information will be analyzed by your physician to diagnose your condition.
Bravo Procedure Instructions
- Any iron supplements should not be taken for one week prior to the day of the procedure.
- If you take a blood thinner, check with your primary doctor who prescribes it as to when you should stop your medicine. If you are on Coumadin, an INR will be needed at least two days prior (no earlier) to your procedure. Please have your doctor fax this to our office at 952-368-3801 or bring the result to your appointment.
- Do not stop taking aspirin if you are taking it for blood thinning purposes, otherwise stop taking it one week prior to your procedure.
- Please bring a current medication list to your appointment.
- Please discontinue all anti-acid medications (omeprazole, pantoprazole, famotidine, Zantac, Pepcid, ranitidine, lansoprazole, etc.) for 1 week prior to procedure.
Day of Procedure:
- Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the procedure. If your procedure is scheduled for the afternoon, you may have clear liquids up to 6 hours prior to the procedure but nothing after that time.
- Arrive at the procedure facility at your scheduled ARRIVAL time. You MUST bring someone along who can drive you home after the procedure. If you arrive without a driver, the procedure will be cancelled and rescheduled for a more convenient time.
- During the procedure, you will be given medicine through an IV to help you relax.
- You will be in recovery for a short period of time following the procedure. Plan at least 2-3 hours total for your procedure.
After Your are Home:
- If you have a delicate digestive system you MAY want to eat lighter than normal for your first few hours after your procedure.
- Possibly avoid greasy and/or spicy foods until after you put something lighter into your system.
- Unless otherwise directed, you may resume eating normally.
- Resume all medications as directed by your physician.