Anorectal Manometry in Utah

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Anorectal manometry is a diagnostic procedure carried out to measure the reflexes and power of the muscles that are used in the act of a bowel movement. The test is generally ordered for individuals who are fighting with fecal incontinence or constipation. The exam studies the tension of the anal sphincter muscles, the sensation in the rectum, and the responses of the colon muscles. If you require an anorectal manometry exam in Utah, you can find a GI specialist who can execute this procedure at Utah Gastroenterology.

Before we can start the procedure, you will need to empty out the contents of your large intestine. This can be accomplished by utilizing a laxative and abstaining from food 24 hours prior to your examination. You need to talk with your doctor concerning the specific preparations you should undergo prior to your anorectal manometry.


What should I anticipate with my anorectal manometry procedure?

Sedation is generally not needed for anorectal manometry. After showing you into an exam room, a member of the Utah Gastroenterology team will ask you to lie on your side, at which point they will gently insert a small, pliant pipe through your anal sphincter and into your rectum. You might feel some minor discomfort during the exam, but pain is uncommon. Calculations will be done according to the response of your inner muscles and interpreted by your GI specialist. The exam will be about 10 – 20 minutes, and you may discuss your outcome with your gastroenterologist immediately afterward. Following your anorectal manometry procedure in Utah, you will be free to return home and continue your regular diet and schedule.

Anorectal manometry rarely causes any notable pain and is generally considered a safe test. While problems are rare, a few of the imaginable dangers are puncture (tearing) of the rectum, bleeding, and gear breakdown. If you are allergic to latex, you should inform your attendant before the test begins.

If you struggle with fecal incontinence or constipation or you know someone who does, our Utah GI providers recommend speaking to a gastroenterologist about scheduling an anorectal manometry exam. This procedure can help your GI physician diagnose and address issues that might be stopping usual bowel movements. To find out more regarding the full range of diagnostic procedures we offer for GI troubles, schedule a consultation with Utah Gastroenterology.

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