Bravo Instructions

A Bravo is a patient-friendly pH test for diagnosing heartburn and GERD.

The test involves a miniature pH capsule, approximately the size of a gel cap that is attached to you esophagus.

Throughout the test period, the Bravo capsule measures the pH in the esophagus and transmits this information to a pager-sized receiver worn on your belt or waistband just like a pager or mobile phone. You will be given a diary to write down the times when you have reflux symptoms (for example, coughing, heartburn, regurgitation), when eating or when lying down.

After the test is completed, you return the diary and the Bravo Receiver to your doctor and the information is uploaded to a computer, which provides a comprehensive report so the physician can diagnose your condition. After several days, the capsule naturally falls off the wall of the esophagus and passes through your digestive tract and is eliminated from the body.


  • It is very critical that you not eat or drink anything after midnight. Do not take medications the morning of the procedure except for blood pressure & heart medications with a small sip of water.
  • You may brush your teeth and rinse, but DO NOT SWALLOW liquid!
  • Dress simply for the procedure. Do not wear jewelry.

If you experience any problems after the procedure, do not hesitate to call (919) 781-7500.

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3237 Blue Ridge Rd.

Raleigh, NC 27612

Phone: (919) 781-7515

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10880 Durant Rd, Suite 100

Raleigh, NC 27614

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