Anal Manometry in the Digestive Health Center
Anal manometry is a test that measures the strength and tone of your anal sphincter. A strong anal sphincter allows you to control your bowel movements.
During this test, a thin catheter is inserted into the anal canal and slowly pulled back. At certain points during the test you will be asked to squeeze your sphincter muscles. While you do this, we can measure the maximum pressure these muscles can exert.
It should feel very close to the feeling you have when passing a bowel movement.
This test is done by Dr. Heise or one of the members of his team. It lasts for about 30 minutes. There is no bowel prep needed before you arrive. You will be asked to check in early to receive 1-2 enemas before the test is done.
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Last Updated: 04/24/2013
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