Anorectal Manometry

Anorectal manometry is an exam that tests the muscles needed to perform a normal bowel movement, usually performed to evaluate fecal incontinence.

What is an Anorectal manometry?

What is an Anorectal Manometry?
An Anorectal Manometry is a medical test that checks the strength and reflexes of the muscles used for having a normal bowel movement. It’s usually done for people who have trouble with constipation or accidentally leaking stool (fecal incontinence). The test measures the pressure of the muscles around the anus, the feeling in the rectum, and how well the bowel muscles work. If you need to get an Anorectal Manometry test, you can reach out to a specialist at The Gut Clinic UK.

What should I expect from my anorectal manometry exam?

During the exam, you won’t be put to sleep, and you’ll lie on your side. A nurse who specializes in gastrointestinal (GI) issues will gently insert a small flexible tube through your back passage and into your rectum. It may feel a bit uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t be painful. They will measure how your internal muscles react and interpret the results with a GI specialist. The exam will take around 10 to 20 minutes, and you’ll talk about the results with the specialist right after. Once you get your results, you can go home and go back to your regular diet and activities.

How do I prepare for an anorectal manometry?

Before the examination, you’ll need to empty your bowels completely. To do this, your doctor may recommend drinking a laxative solution and not eating anything the day before your appointment. It’s important to talk to your doctor about the specific instructions and preparations you need to follow before the examination.

Is anorectal manometry safe?

Anorectal Manometry is a safe procedure that usually doesn’t cause pain. Although complications are rare, there are a few risks to be aware of, such as a small chance of the rectum tearing, bleeding, or problems with the equipment used. If you have a latex allergy, make sure to let your nurse or technician know before the test so they can take necessary precautions.


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