If you suffer from constipation, fecal incontinence or other problems with normal bowel movement, an anorectal manometry can help. An anorectal manometry assists our gastroenterologists in the diagnosis of bowel disorders by measuring the pressure, sensation and reflexes of the sphincter muscles within the anus.
What happens during an anorectal manometry?
Before your manometry, Dr. Michael Flicker, Dr. Carl Atallah and Dr. Daniel Berger will walk you through the process and any steps you will need to follow beforehand — such as taking an enema or adjusting medication. Once they arrive, patients change into a hospital gown and go over any questions they have. Then the patient will lie down, and a small catheter will be passed into the rectum. A balloon attached to the end of the tube will be inflated while inside of the rectum, testing its response as the patient squeezes or relaxes the muscles. Other tests may also be conducted during the manometry to monitor the nerve response or the time it takes to expel the balloon.
Overall, the examination at Advanced G.I. LLC usually takes about half an hour. Patients should be able to resume normal activity following their anorectal manometry; however, complications such as tearing or bleeding may occur. If you notice any unusual symptoms following your visit, call 773-598-5588 and schedule to meet with our gastroenterologists.