We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
This test is performed to check if there are alterations in the motility (movements) of the stomach and the small intestine when fasting and after eating.
The gastrointestinal manometry allows us to detect changes in the movement of the oesophagus, as well as making sure the oesophageal sphincter opens and closes properly to allow food to pass properly from mouth to stomach. It is also useful for assessing the condition of the inner oesophageal sphincter and making sure it closes properly in people who suffer from acidity, heart burn, retrosternal pain or repetitive pneumonia. It also allows us to check the results of some treatments, surgical or otherwise, that affect stomach motility.
Firstly, a thin tube is inserted through the mouth that connects to a device that records the movements, a.k.a. motility, of the small intestine. We then check the device is placed properly using an x-ray.
During the test, patients should be lying down on a bed and given a light meal that they can easily swallow.
This test lasts an average of 6 hours.
Once the test is done, the professional interprets the results in order to define or discard a diagnosis.
The process of placing the probe is uncomfortable and can cause nausea, which disappears when the probe is in the right position.
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