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The Gastrointestinal Motility Program offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux and motility disorders of the entire gastrointestinal tract. Subspecialty-trained physicians apply the latest techniques and treatment, including diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Our physicians are experienced in the fields of acid reflux, motility, endoscopy and surgery.

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Testing and Treatment

In addition to routine evaluations, our gastroenterologists use advanced testing when diagnosing motility disorders such as high-resolution esophageal with impedance studies, 3-D high-resolution anorectal manometry, Bravo® pH testing, SmartPill testing and more. Patients have access to remedies that effectively treat motility disorders such as dietary modifications, endoscopy, radiofrequency (HALO) ablation, minimally invasive surgery and new clinical trials.

Barium Swallow

A barium swallow test (also known as an esophagram) is a type of X-ray that takes video images of the esophagus. This helps see the esophagus in action while swallowing. For this exam, a solution with barium is swallowed to coat your esophagus to help better see your throat and esophagus.

This test can help find the cause or condition for symptoms including nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, unexplained weight loss or swallowing problems.
Some conditions include:

  • Achalasia
  • Blockages
  • Head, neck or esophageal cancer
  • Hiatal hernias
  • Inflammation
  • Muscular disorders
  • Swallowing disorders (such as GERD, Achalasia, dysphagia)
  • Tumors
  • Ulcers

Your gastroenterologist may refer you for a barium swallow test and it will be performed by a radiologist. This test may be part of a general upper gastrointestinal series of X-rays to screen for a range of causes.

Yale School of Medicine

Yale New Haven Health is proud to be affiliated with the prestigious Yale University and its highly ranked Yale School of Medicine.