If you suffer from chronic constipation or fecal incontinence, anorectal manometry can help.   These issues are often stressful and embarrassing and can greatly impact a patient’s quality of life. Anorectal manometry testing, which is offered in our office, can help diagnose the root cause of the problem and guide potential therapies, including biofeedback. Biofeedback is a treatment technique which allows patient to “see” activity inside their body. This allows a patient to recognize and then improve certain behavior. For example, sometimes individuals with constipation have developed a “paradoxical” response when they attempt to have a bowel movement, during which they contract rather than relax the sphincter muscles when attempting a bowel movement. During a biofeedback session this behavior can be “shown” to the patient on a computer monitor and then corrected. The patient will “see” how their body responds to the normal behavior and re-learn the behavior. Biofeedback can also help patients who suffer from fecal incontinence by improving their ability to hold in stool. Anorectal manometry is painless and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. There is minimal preparation and you can drive yourself to and from the appointment.

If you suffer from defecation problems, you are not alone. Please call our office today to schedule an evaluation by Dr. Schub so we can help.