Anorectal Manometry in Connecticut

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What is anorectal manometry?

Anorectal manometry is an exam that is performed to evaluate the reflexes and power of the muscles necessary for performing a regular bowel movement. The procedure is usually performed on individuals dealing with constipation or fecal incontinence. The procedure analyzes the force of the anal sphincter muscles, the senses in the rectum, and the reflexes of the bowel muscles. If you need an anorectal manometry test in Connecticut, you can find a GI specialist who can perform this procedure at a Connecticut GI location near you.

What should I do to prepare for my anorectal manometry?

You will be asked to “empty” your colon before the procedure. This can be done by consuming a laxative and abstaining from food 24 hours before your appointment. You need to speak with your provider about the exact preparations you will need to take before your anorectal manometry.

You will not be required to undergo sedation during the test. You will be asked to relax on your side, and a Connecticut GI nurse will slowly insert a small pliable tube through your anal sphincter and inside the rectum. You may feel moderately uncomfortable, though you should feel no pain. Calculations will be done based on the reaction of your interior muscles and translated by your gastroenterologist. The exam will take around 10 to 20 minutes, and you may discuss your results with your GI provider after the procedure. Following your anorectal manometry exam in Connecticut, you would be released to go home and continue your regular diet and schedule.

Is anorectal manometry safe?

Anorectal manometry is a low-risk exam that is not likely to cause any pain. While complications are unusual, some possible risks are rectum perforation (tearing), bleeding, and gear breakdown. If you are allergic to latex, you should notify your nurse before the exam is performed.

Anorectal manometry to diagnose concerns

If you or a loved one grapples with constipation or fecal incontinence, an anorectal manometry in Connecticut could help evaluate the critical muscles that permit standard bowel movements. This test can help your GI specialist identify and handle conditions that might be stopping regular bowel movements. Request an appointment at Connecticut GI to learn more about this and other diagnostic tools for GI issues.

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