If you have unexplained constipation or other signs of a bowel disorder, you may be a candidate for diagnostic anorectal manometry. At Advanced GI LLC, experienced gastroenterologists Michael Flicker, MD, and Carl Atallah, DO, offer anorectal manometry services at their office in the Lake View neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. They use the technology to diagnose the underlying cause of bowel-related symptoms and determine your options for treatment. If you have frequent constipation or fecal incontinence, schedule a consultation to discuss the benefits of anorectal manometry. Call Advanced GI LLC or book an appointment online today.
Anorectal manometry is a diagnostic test that measures the function of the anal muscles controlling bowel movements. During the procedure, your provider assesses the pressure of your anal sphincter muscles, your neural reflexes, and the sensation in your rectum.
You may need anorectal manometry to determine the underlying cause of constipation. This test can also diagnose fecal incontinence – the inability to control bowel movements and causes stool to leak from your rectum.
The results of anorectal manometry give your physician important information about the function of your lower digestive system so that they can customize a treatment plan to your needs.
During the in-office test, you can expect to lie on an exam table while your Advanced GI LLC provider inserts a small, flexible tube into your rectum. Attached to the tube is a small balloon your doctor inflates to test sphincter reflexes and measure pressure.
Throughout your procedure, you may need to squeeze or relax your muscles so that the providers can measure your muscles during each movement.
As part of your anorectal manometry, you may need other diagnostic tests such as anal sphincter electromyography (EMG). This involves placing a small electrode in your anal canal that measures the electrical activity in your anal muscles as you contract and relax them.
Another potentially needed test during anorectal manometry is the balloon expulsion test. Your provider inserts a water-filled balloon into your rectum. While you try to pass the balloon, they measure how long it takes to identify dysfunction in the anorectum region.
Anorectal manometry typically takes about 30 minutes. You can expect to go back to your usual activities right after your procedure, without limitations.
In general, anorectal manometry is a safe, low-risk procedure. However, there is a possibility that you could experience anal bleeding or tissue tears in your rectum.
The team reviews the results of your test and determines if you need additional diagnostic procedures or treatment for underlying conditions.
Learn more about the diagnostic benefits of anorectal manometry by calling Advanced GI LLC or booking an appointment online today.