What to Expect: Anorectal Manometry
What is Anorectal Manometry?
- Anorectal manometry testing helps your doctor measure how the stool moves through the rectum, and how the muscles and nerves work together.
- This testing is simple and causes minimal discomfort.
How should I prepare for my Anorectal Manometry testing?
- If your rectum is usually full of stool, you should use a single enema the night prior to your procedure.
- You will be able to drive yourself to and from the office, and you may return to normal activities right after the testing.
What will happen during my testing?
- When you arrive for your testing, our nurse will escort you into the exam suite.
- You will lay on our exam table on your side, and we will be sure you are comfortable.
- A lubricated catheter that contains a deflated balloon will be inserted into the rectum.
- During the testing, you will be asked to squeeze your muscles, as if trying to hold back gas. You will also be asked to bear down, as if you are trying to move your bowels.
- Our nurse will be with you throughout the test, and will be recording when you feel various bowel sensations.
- When the testing is complete, the catheter is removed.
- You will have a consultation with your doctor after the testing to review the results and create a treatment plan.
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