Anorectal Manometry

    An Anorectal Manometry

    Study is used to show the muscle function abnormalities of the rectum and the anal sphincter. The test can show abnormalities of the anal sphincter that cannot be shown with other examinations. This information will assist your physician in planning treatment for your particular health problem.

    The Procedure

    The procedure will take place in an examination room with no sedation. You will be lying on a patient bed during the study with your clothing removed from the waist down and linen keeping you covered as much as possible.

    • 1.A small flexible tube (about 1/4″ in diameter), is gently placed into the rectum about 3-4 inches.
    • 2.The tube is moved slightly to record pressures within the rectum and the anal sphincter.
    • 3.This study usually takes about 20 minutes of actual procedure time.

    Preparing for Your Appointment A nurse from Digestive Health Specialists will contact you a few days prior to your appointment to confirm your exam time and to answer any questions you may have. A Registered Nurse, who is a certified gastrointestinal clinician, will be performing the study.

    After Your Appointment After the examination, you may drive yourself home and resume normal eating habits and behavior. Preliminary findings will be discussed with you immediately after the study however your physician may ask you to return for another appointment once a more detailed review of your study can be made.

    Risks Anorectal manometry studies are very low risk procedures. Complications can occur, but are rare: it is possible that a perforation (tearing) or bleeding of the intestinal wall could occur. Equipment failure is extremely unlikely, but does remain a remote possibility.

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