Anorectal manometry is a test performed to evaluate patients with constipation, fecal incontinence or other possible disorders that may involve the anorectal sphincter. This test measures the pressures of the anal sphincter muscles, the sensation in the rectum, and the neural reflexes that are needed for normal bowel movements.
Manometry uses a thin, flexible catheter with a silastic ballon on its end to evaluate the pressure along the anal canal, the muscular strength of the anal sphincters, the sensation of the rectum, and the local neural reflexes necessary for maintaining continence and for enabling rectal evacuation during defecation.
The test lasts for 30-40 minutes, does not require sedation and is painless. After the test you may continue with your normal activities.
HOW TO PREPARE
Give yourself 2 ΕΝΕΜΑ COOPER or FLEET ENEMA 2-3 hrs before the test. Try holding the enema for 5 minutes before evacuating the rectum.
Do not eat anything for the last 2 hrs before the test.
Inform your doctor of all your medications, as you may need to adjust your dosages or stop taking some medications temporarily.
You will get the results within 24 hrs. As these may be part of a workup for surgery or may define the cause of your symptoms, you will have time for a detailed discussion with your doctor.