Anorectal Manometry

What Is Anorectal Manometry?

A new quick & painless 30 minute procedure performed to evaluate patients with constipation or fecal incontinence. 


This test measures:

  • Pressures of the anal sphincter muscles

  • Sensation within the rectum

  • Neural reflexes needed for normal bowel movement


Our Gastroenterologists have very excellent results with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. Many patients have had complete resolution of incontinence or constipation after appropriate treatment and no longer have to worry about their bowel symptoms interfering with daily activities. 

What Is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

Pelvic floor dysfunction is the inability to correctly tighten and relax the pelvic floor muscles to have a bowel movement. 

Problems seen often:

  • Difficulty passing stool

  • Constipation

  • Leakage

  • Incontinence of stool

  • Rectal Pain

These symptoms are very troubling for people and can interfere with daily activities. Our doctors have years of experience in treating these conditions. 

How Do We Diagnose & Test?

In creating a safe space for patients, our goal is to evaluate the pelvic floor using a quick and painless 30 minute procedure that we perform in the office called Anorectal Manometry. 


Using a small catheter that is placed within the rectum. This test helps us evaluate the strength of the anal sphincter muscle. It also, tests the sensation within the rectum and tests if the sphincter muscles is functioning correctly.

What Are Treatment Options?

Depending on test results and how severe the problem is and what’s causing it. 


Generally, treatment options include:

  • Changes in diet

  • Use of medications

  • Muscle strengthening exercises

  • Surgical repair