Thank you for choosing to undergo your anal (anorectal) manometry at Digestive Healthcare Center. Since this is a sensitive and personal procedure, all doctors and staff at DHC are highly trained so that each patient feels comfortable and informed before and during the test.
Your doctor may have suggested an anal manometry in order to diagnose the cause of the following digestive conditions:
When your doctor first determines that an anal manometry is the next step for you, it is important to inform him or her about any medications you are currently taking, along with any allergies you may have to medications, latex, etc.
There are several preparatory steps you must take in order to make sure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible and accurate results can be attained. It is essential that you use an enema before your anal manometry. As the procedure examines the muscles of your anal sphincter, it is important that this area is emptied of stool in order for a distinct and accurate examination.
The day before your scheduled procedure, purchase two Fleet enemas (4.5 fl. Oz.).
Two hours prior to your exam, you will administer the first enema. Try to hold the liquid in for 5 minutes if possible. One hour prior to the test, administer the second enema, and follow the same time procedure as the first one. After this second enema, your body should now be fully prepared for your anal manometry procedure.
There are no dietary restrictions prior to the test, but you should not eat or drink anything two hours prior to your procedure. You are allowed to take laxatives or stool softeners before your exam, but you are not allowed to take any other medication, such as muscle relaxers. In addition, please make sure your bowels and bladder are relieved before your appointment.
At your appointment, you will be asked to change out of your clothes and into a hospital gown. The study takes approximately 20 minutes, but plan on being at the office for 30 minutes. A nurse will explain the study to you, take a brief medical history, and answer any questions you have before the test begins.
Patients can drive themselves home without assistance and resume their normal activities after the procedure. You may experience minor bleeding after the procedure – this is completely normal. If you have any significant bleeding in the days after the procedure, please call your doctor.
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If you have any other questions about what to do before your anal manometry procedure, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our doctors at Digestive Healthcare Center. We are skilled and experienced in diagnosing and treating patients with a variety of digestive conditions and issues, and will do our best to help you feel relaxed and reassured during your anal manometry. Most of our gastrointestinal procedures are performed at our Hillsborough location, but we also take appointments and perform certain procedures at our offices in Somerville and Warren. If you have any questions about your anal manometry, or any other digestive diagnostic procedure, please contact us today. Schedule an appointment at the location nearest you for comprehensive digestive care so you can live your healthiest and most comfortable life.
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