Anorectal Manometry

Diagnostic testing for bowel complications in New Jersey

Anorectal Manometry is a test of bowel function in patients with constipation and stool leakage. This test measures the anal sphincter muscle strength, sensation in the rectum and reflexes needed for normal bowel movements. Your physician will most likely recommend this test when deciding on the most effective treatment for a bowel complication. This procedure is also often performed after a treatment or surgery to confirm that it was effective.

How it Works

This procedure typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes. The doctor may have you prepare by taking a laxative or receiving an enema beforehand. During the test, a small balloon attached to a catheter is inserted into the rectum and inflated in order to test reflexes. The doctor may ask you to tighten, squeeze, or push muscles throughout the test.

This procedure is very safe and complications are rare. A doctor or nurse will give you step-by-step instructions before the procedure, and you should feel free to ask questions if you have any concerns. Once the test is concluded, the doctor will review the results with you and discuss what comes next.

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