My constipation is just a normal part of aging, right?
Wrong. Constipation or the inability to control your bowel movements is not the norm and there is a simple test that can help – Anorectal Manometry
What Does Anorectal Manometry Test?
What is the anal sphincter and what does it do?
What can anorectal manometry diagnose?
A wide range of gastrointestinal disorders can be diagnosed such as; Hirschprung’s disease, fecal incontinence, and chronic constipation. After diagnosis a treatment plan can then be created.
How long does the procedure take?
Is it painful?
What should I expect during the procedure?
The person performing the procedure will have you change into a medical gown and lay on either your back or side. The catheter with a small un-inflated balloon is then inserted into the rectum. Once the catheter is inserted you will be asked to squeeze and push at different times. During this time the balloon is inflated and pressure is measured.
Will I be sedated?
You will not be sedated during this procedure as it is painless.
Can I drive myself?
Yes, since you will not be sedated you may safely drive afterwards.
Are there side effects after the procedure?
In general, no. You should be able to resume all normal activities immediately afterwards. However, you may experience slight soreness.