Manometry & Biofeeback

Manometry & Biofeeback

What is anorectal manometry?

Anorectal manometry is a test performed to evaluate patients with constipation or fecal incontinence. This test measures the pressures of the anal sphincter muscles, the sensation in the rectum, and the neural reflexes that are needed for normal bowel movements.

What is biofeedback?

During anal manometry special exercises of the pelvic muscles can strengthen the muscle, retrain the coordinated relaxation of the anal sphincter and improve rectal sensation via sensory/ visual conditioning techniques

Why are these tests done?

These tests are done for pelvic floor problems like constipation and fecal incontinence.

Fecal incontinence – There are many causes of fecal incontinence. Weak anal sphincter muscles or poor sensation in the rectum can contribute to fecal incontinence. If these abnormalities are present, they can be treated. Biofeedback techniques using anal manometry and special exercises of the pelvic floor muscles can strengthen the muscles and improve sensation.

Constipation – There are many causes of constipation. Some involve sluggish movement through the whole colon, whereas others involve the anal sphincter muscles. In some patients with constipation, the anal sphincter muscles do not relax appropriately when bearing down or pushing to have a bowel movement. This abnormal muscle function may cause a functional type of obstruction. Muscles that do not relax with bearing down can be retrained with biofeedback techniques using anal manometry.

We are having ultra modern equipment setup available for the above procedure at our clinic.