Anorectal Manometry in Washington

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Anorectal manometry is a test that is performed to evaluate the responses and strength of the muscles necessary for having a regular bowel movement. The test is generally performed on clients who are fighting constipation or fecal incontinence. The exam studies the tension of the anal sphincter muscles, the feeling in the rectum, and the responses of the bowel muscles. If you need an anorectal manometry exam in Washington, you can locate a local GI provider who can do this exam at Washington Gastroenterology.

You will be asked to “clear out” your bowels before the examination. This can be completed using a laxative and abstaining from food 24 hours before your test. You should speak with your provider regarding the specific preparations you need to take preceding your anorectal manometry.


You would not need to be sedated during the procedure. You will be asked to rest on your side, and a Washington Gastroenterology provider will steadily place a small flexible tube through your anal sphincter and into the rectum. You may feel somewhat uncomfortable; however, you should not experience any pain. Calculations will be taken based on the response of your interior muscles and interpreted by your gastroenterologist. The exam will last between 10 – 20 minutes, and you will discuss your results with your gastroenterologist immediately after. Following your anorectal manometry procedure in Washington, you will be free to return home and continue your regular diet and activities.

Anorectal manometry is a relatively safe procedure that is unlikely to cause pain. While complications are unusual, some potential risks are perforation (tearing) of the rectum, bleeding, and equipment failure. If you are sensitive to latex, you should tell your nurse before the exam.

If you or a loved one struggles with fecal incontinence or constipation, an anorectal manometry in Washington might help assess the critical muscles that enable usual bowel movements. This procedure can help your gastroenterologist diagnose and manage conditions preventing regular bowel movements. To learn more about this and other diagnostic procedures for gastrointestinal problems, request a consultation at your nearby Washington Gastroenterology.

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