Anorectal Manometry in Ocean Springs, MS

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Anorectal manometry is an exam used to evaluate the muscles' responses and strength necessary for regular bowel movements. The procedure is generally used on patients who are fighting fecal incontinence or constipation. The test examines the pressure of the anal sphincter muscles, the sensation in the rectum, and the reflexes of the colon muscles. If you require an anorectal manometry exam in Ocean Springs, MS, you can locate a GI provider who can perform this procedure at a local Digestive Health Center.

You will need to “clear” your large intestine before the examination. This can be done by utilizing a laxative and abstaining from food 24 hours before your test. Your GI specialist will advise you on the precise preparations you should take before your anorectal manometry.

 

What should I anticipate from my anorectal manometry test?

You will not be sedated during the test. You will be asked to rest on your side, and a Digestive Health Center provider will gradually insert a small pliable pipe through your anal sphincter and into the rectum. You may feel slightly uncomfortable; however, you should not experience any pain. Measurements will be taken based on the reaction of your internal muscles and translated by your GI specialist. The procedure can take approximately 10 – 20 minutes, and you will discuss the results with your GI provider afterward. Following your anorectal manometry test in Ocean Springs, MS, you will be free to return home and continue your standard diet and activities.

Anorectal manometry is a relatively safe exam that is unlikely to cause pain. While complications are rare, some possible dangers are perforation (tearing) of the rectum, hemorrhage, and hardware breakdown. If you are allergic to latex, you must inform your nurse before the exam.

If you or a loved one struggles with fecal incontinence or constipation, an anorectal manometry in Ocean Springs, MS might help evaluate the vital muscles that allow regular bowel movements. This test can help your GI provider identify and manage issues inhibiting regular bowel movements. Request a consultation at a local Digestive Health Center to learn more about this exam and other diagnostic tests that assess gastrointestinal troubles.

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