You have been scheduled for anorectal manometry, a test performed to evaluate individuals with constipation or fecal incontinence. This test will enable your doctor to obtain information about the pressures and function of the sphincter muscles that help control your bowel movements. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown and lie down on your left side with your knees slightly bent. Please note that because of the sensitive nature of this test, every effort will be made to respect and guard your privacy. If you need to cancel or reschedule your procedure, please call at least 24 hours in advance.
Anorectal Manometry Instructions
Anorectal manometry is performed by specially trained nursing staff and a physician. Because of the sensitive nature of your problem, every effort will be made to respect and guard your privacy. The following information will help you to better understand the procedure. Anorectal manometry assesses 1 the strength of the anal muscles, 2 the rectal sensation, 3 the ability to have a bowel movement, 4 the ability to squeeze and hold a volume of fluid, and 5 the nerve supply to the anal muscle.
Anorectal Manometry: Test Details
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A small tube called a catheter is inserted into the anus, passing a ring of muscles called the anal sphincter, before passing into the rectum. See the illustration of the lower portion of the digestive system. A small balloon at the tip of the catheter is gradually inflated.