What you need to know about Anorectal Manometry
Fecal incontinence is an issue that can cause individuals extreme embarrassment. It can make it difficult to go out and socialize if not near a bathroom. If you spend time with others, you are constantly making sure a bathroom is nearby and that you have the items on hand you need in the event of a leak. Fortunately, individuals can find treatment and relief with a proper diagnosis of the condition. But to obtain the information necessary and discuss the best treatment options, patients in the Brooklyn, New York area need to work with a gastroenterologist such as Dr. Alexander Shapsis of Atlantic Gastroenterology to undergo testing such as anorectal manometry.
What is anorectal manometry?
This testing process is often performed to evaluate certain anorectal malformations and conditions, such as Hirschsprung’s disease. In some situations, patients have anal and rectal muscles that fail to normally contract and open to allow a proper bowel movement. When this happens, it can lead to either constipation or fecal incontinence. With the anorectal manometry test, Dr. Shapsis can measure and test the neural reflexes and muscle function in the area. This process is important in getting a definitive diagnosis and discussing possible treatment options.
What can I expect from the testing process?
- Before the procedure, an enema may be recommended at home to empty the digestive tract.
- While lying on the left side, the doctor will enter a flexible and small tube into the rectum with an attached balloon-like device.
- The balloon-like device is inflated to check the rectum reflexes.
Are you dealing with fecal incontinence issues?
Fecal incontinence can be an embarrassing condition for anyone. With a proper diagnosis and discussion with an experienced gastroenterologist about treatment, patients can seek relief and feel confident once again! Dr. Alexander Shapsis and his team work with patients of the Brooklyn, New York area who are ready to take charge of their condition with proper testing and diagnostics.
Call 718 521-2840 to request a consultation visit at any of our two office locations. We are open to new and returning patients and can help with gastrointestinal and digestive concerns, including fecal incontinence.
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