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What Is an Anorectal Manometry Procedure?

An anorectal manometry is a test to measure how well the rectum and anal sphincter function. It is typically given to people with chronic or acute fecal incontinence or constipation. It can also evaluate or diagnose Hisrchsprung’s disease in children. We offer swift diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases and disorders at GI Specialists of Georgia. We may recommend an anorectal manometry test if you have trouble passing stool or can’t control your bowel movements. Call us today to schedule an anorectal manometry diagnosis or to learn more about our services.

What Is an Anorectal Manometry Test Used for?

 We use anorectal manometry as a GI diagnostic tool to find the cause or severity of fecal incontinence, constipation, and Hirschsprung’s disease. The test evaluates the health and performance of the rectum, and anus. The test results will measure how well your rectum and sphincter eliminate stool.

How Is an Anorectal Manometry Performed?

We perform anorectal manometry using a small, flexible tube called a catheter. The catheter has a balloon on the end of it. The catheter is inserted into the anal opening past the sphincter into the rectum. The balloon at the end is slowly inflated, causing the rectum and anal muscles to contract and relax. The end of the tube is connected to a machine, which records the relaxations and contractions. You will not be sedated for the test and may feel slight discomfort, but you shouldn’t feel any pain. The test may take 10-20 minutes, and then the tube will be withdrawn. You can go home and resume your normal activities. Your healthcare provider will review the anorectal manometry test results with you when available.

What to Expect After the Test?

You will not need to make any diet or lifestyle changes if you have normal anorectal manometry results. If your results indicate something abnormal, your doctor will recommend treatment options. These options will depend on your diagnosis, what is causing the problem, your age, and your lifestyle. We may suggest:

  • Dietary and nutrition changes.
  • Medications and supplements.
  • Therapeutic muscle strengthening exercises.
  • Surgical intervention.

Why Choose GI Specialists of Georgia

At GI Specialists of Georgia, we have a team of medical specialists and board-certified gastroenterologists on call. We specialize in diagnosing and treating gastroenterology diseases and disorders affecting the digestive tract, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and stomach. Our patients receive high-quality care and treatment in a comfortable, welcoming environment. We offer individualized treatment plans catered to your health needs, lifestyle, and goals. We welcome patient feedback and run a collaborative environment focusing on patient education and exceptional customer service. Our gastroenterologists, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, and registered nurses work hard to improve our patients’ overall health, wellness, and comfort. We also offer clinical research trials in irritable bowel disorder, hepatology, gastroparesis, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Contact Us Today to Schedule an Appointment

 If you have health issues affecting your gastrointestinal system, contact us at GI Specialists of Georgia. We have been providing individualized GI care and services to the community since 2007, and we have nine office locations and three endoscopy centers throughout Northwest Atlanta. Our board-certified gastroenterologists offer screening, diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and prevention for gastrointestinal illnesses and diseases. Call us today or contact us online to schedule anorectal manometry in Atlanta, GA.

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