An esophageal motility is a procedure that evaluates the coordination of esophageal (food pipe) contractions and the strength, opening and closing of the lower esophageal sphincter. This study is often done in patients with swallowing problems, or as a pre-operative test before an acid reflux surgery.

Esophageal Motility Procedure Preparation

  • 2 days prior to the procedure the following medication should be stopped: Reglan (metoclopramide).
  • The evening before the procedure the following medications should be stopped: narcotics.
  • No food or liquids (this includes water) after midnight the night before the procedure.

Pre-Esophageal Motility Procedure Expectations

  • A topical anesthetic is sprayed into the nose.
  • A thin flexible wire is passed through the nose and positioned into the lower esophagus.
  • Usually no additional sedation is given during the test.
  • The patient is asked to swallow small gulps of water.
  • The functions of the esophagus and the lower esophageal sphincter are recorded on a computer.
  • The entire procedure takes about 45 minutes.

This procedure is available at the Highland Park Hospital GI lab.  

For More Information

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 847.480.2828

× Alternate Text