Anorectal Manometry is a test used to evaluate the function and coordination of the sphincter and pelvic floor muscles of the anorectal anatomy.  This study also assesses the measurement of resting and squeeze pressures.  It is very useful in the evaluation of chronic constipation, fecal incontinence (inability to control bowel movements), rectal prolapse (condition where the rectum protrudes from the anus), or Hirschprung’s Disease (congenital condition where the nerves in the wall of the colon are missing).  This test may also be used in pre-operative evaluations to assess sphincter function prior to rectal or anal surgery.

Anorectal manometry is performed in the comfort of our office by a trained technician.  For the procedure a small catheter, smaller than a human finger, is inserted into the rectum.  The catheter is connected to a monitor that measures the pressures of several muscles in your rectum.  The procedure is painless and lasts approximately 15 minutes.

After the procedure you will be able to resume your daily activities.  You may drive yourself home after the procedure since no sedation is involved.  At a follow-up office visits Dr. Schub will review the results of the test with you.