Anorectal Manometry in Texas

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Anorectal manometry is an exam designed to judge the responses and power of the muscles required to perform a normal bowel movement. The exam is generally performed on patients who are struggling with constipation or fecal incontinence. The exam measures the pressure of the anal sphincter muscles, the senses in the rectum, and the reactions of the colon muscles. If you require an anorectal manometry exam in Texas, contact Texas Digestive Disease Consultants to find a location near you.

You will have to “clear out” your bowels before the examination. This can be accomplished by utilizing a laxative drink and abstaining from food 24 hours leading up to your test. You need to speak with your provider regarding the specific arrangements you should take prior to your anorectal manometry in Texas.

What should I expect from my anorectal manometry exam?

You will not need to be sedated during the procedure. You will be asked to lie on your side, and a Texas Digestive Disease Consultants provider will slowly insert a small pliable pipe by way of your anal sphincter into the rectum. You may feel moderately uncomfortable, but you should not feel pain. Measurements will be obtained based on the reaction of your internal muscles and interpreted by your GI physician. The exam will last 10 – 20 minutes, followed by a discussion with your GI specialist about the findings. After your exam, you may return home and continue your regular diet and schedule.

Anorectal manometry is a relatively safe exam that is unlikely to generate any pain. While problems are irregular, a few of the potential issues that may arise are perforation (tearing) of the rectum, bleeding, and hardware breakdown. If you are allergic to latex, you should inform your attendant before the exam is performed.

If you or a loved one battles constipation or fecal incontinence, an anorectal manometry exam in Texas could help assess the critical muscles that allow for natural bowel movements. This test can help your provider recognize and handle issues that could be stopping regular defecation. To find out more about this and other diagnostic tests for GI problems, contact Texas Digestive Disease Consultants to find a location near you.

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