How do you prepare for Anorectal Manometry?

June 26, 2023

Anorectal manometry is a diagnostic test that is used to evaluate the normal functioning of the rectum. It helps to identify problems like constipation, fecal incontinence, and other bowel disorders that may be contributing to a patient’s discomfort.

The procedure involves the insertion of a small, flexible tube into the rectum, which then measures the pressure and muscle activity in the area.

As a healthcare provider, it is our responsibility to ensure that our patients receive the most accurate diagnosis possible, so we can formulate the most effective treatment plan tailored to their individual needs. Performing anorectal manometry is just one way we can help provide answers and bring relief to those who may be suffering in silence.

Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have prior to the test 

It’s completely normal to feel a little nervous before undergoing a medical test, especially if it involves an area as intimate as the rectum. However, it’s important to speak up and voice any concerns or questions you may have with your doctor before the test.

During an Anorectal Manometry procedure, it is important to be aware of the potential concerns that can arise. One major concern is the potential for damage to the rectum. This sensitive area is being tested for its ability to properly function, but without the proper care and attention, it can be damaged.

Your doctor is there to address any worries you may have, provide you with guidance on what to expect during the procedure and help you feel at ease. Remember, clear communication is key to ensuring a successful and smooth experience.

Avoid eating or drinking anything for several hours before the test 

We recommend that you avoid consuming any food or beverages for several hours before your test. This not only ensures the accuracy of your results, but also prevents any discomfort that may arise from the testing procedure.

The reason for this protocol is because certain substances, including food and drink, can affect the chemical composition and pH levels within the body. This can lead to false readings and subsequently hinder a proper diagnosis. 

Furthermore, in certain cases, the test requires accessing the rectum, which can cause discomfort if there is any material present.

So, as a precautionary measure, it is best to avoid eating or drinking for a few hours prior to your exam. Please follow these instructions as closely as possible for a smooth and productive testing experience.

Prepare for the test by wearing appropriate clothing, such as loose-fitting shorts or pants

When it comes to preparing for a test that involves checking the rectum, it’s important to wear appropriate clothing that provides easy access for the examiner. Loose-fitting shorts or pants are a great option as they allow for easy movement and access while also maintaining a sense of modesty and privacy.

Additionally, it’s important to remember that the test itself can be uncomfortable and even embarrassing for some individuals. It is very important that you feel fully informed, comfortable, and supported throughout the testing process. So don’t hesitate to speak up if you have any concerns or questions about the testing protocol or the clothing you should wear.

Bring a list of any medications, supplements, or herbal remedies that you are taking 

When it comes to your health, it’s important to be proactive and stay informed. So having a current list of any medications, supplements, or herbal remedies that you are taking. This information assists us in providing the best possible care for you, but it can also help prevent any potential complications or drug interactions.

It makes sense that discussing your medical history and current medications can be a sensitive, but please know that we are here to support you every step of the way. Remember, any information you provide is confidential and solely for the purpose of ensuring your overall health and well-being.

We want to make sure that you understand the procedure you are looking into. We encourage you to engage your healthcare provider as soon as possible or set up an appointment with Gastro Florida for further questions or concerns.