Tests & Procedures

At Minnesota Gastroenterology, we know that patients and families want to know as much as possible about the test and/or procedure that is being recommended by a healthcare provider.  Refer to the list below to find the information that is most helpful to you.  If you still have questions, please contact us through our website Quick Links or call (612) 871-1145 to make an office appointment.


Esophageal Motility (Manometry)


To ensure a successful test, please follow all instructions carefully.

48 hours before your test:

Avoid taking the following medications. If you are under physician orders to continue these medications for certain medical conditions, continue taking the medications but please inform the nurse on the day of the test.

Metoclopramide (Reglan®)
Bethanechol (Urecholine®)
Muscle relaxers (examples: Flexeril®, Cycloflex®, methocarbamol, metaxalone, carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine).
Benzodiazepines (examples: clonazepam, Klonipin®, diazepam, Valium®, lorazepam, Ativan®, midazolam, Versed®, temazepam, Restoril®, Xanax®, Alprazolam, Oxazepam, Serax®).

The day of the test:

Do not take any morning medications. Our staff will discuss your medication schedule with you when you arrive.

6 hours before the test:

  • Do not eat or drink anything.

Bring to your appointment:

  • Health History form
  • Insurance Card / Photo ID
  • List of Current Medications

Cancel or Reschedule your appointment: If you must cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call 612-871-1145 as soon as possible.

What is esophageal motility (manometry)?
Esophageal motility (or manometry) is a procedure that enables the doctor to evaluate the muscles in your esophagus. It is performed by passing a small flexible tube through your nose into your esophagus. Once the tube is in place, it allows muscle activity to be assessed. This procedure is used to help diagnose patients who suffer from chest pain, heartburn, acid reflux or difficulty swallowing. It is also used to measure the pressure of the muscle at the lower end of the esophagus before surgery.

What should I expect during esophageal motility?
Plan to spend 45 to 60 minutes at the center the day of your procedure. The actual procedure takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. You will be lying down during the procedure. Once the tube is in place, you will need to swallow when you are asked. The tube will not interfere with your breathing. A nurse designated by the physician will do the procedure.

What happens after the exam?
You may return home or to work after the exam and resume your usual diet and activities. Results will be mailed to you 7 to 10 working days after your procedure .

Are there possible complications with esophageal motility?
This exam is very safe for you. There are very few potentially serious complications. You may feel minor discomfort during the procedure or have a sore throat after the procedure.

Results from any testing will be sent via mail or sent to the Patient Portal.