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Esophageal manometry, an esophageal motility (movement) study, is an important part of the evaluation process for patients who may have gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD).
An esophageal manometry cannot diagnose GERD, but doctors use it in order to rule out other conditions that mimic GERD. This is especially important if your doctor is considering an anti-reflux surgery.
You may undergo esophageal manometry right before esophageal pH studies. The manometry helps determine the level of the esophagus where your doctor should place the pH probe.
During an esophageal manometry:
Esophageal manometry does not require sedation and is generally performed as an outpatient procedure. You can return to your normal activities immediately after the test.