High-Resolution Anorectal Manometry

High-resolution anorectal manometry is done to evaluate patients with constipation and/or fecal incontinence. It helps identify the specific problems and the best treatments. The most common problems studied are:

  • Fecal Incontinence (inability to control evacuation of the bowel)
  • Anorectal cause of constipation
  • Need for surgery or biofeedback
  • Hirschsprung's disease in children (an inborn absence of nerves in the wall of the colon)
To prepare for the study:
  1. Do not eat or drink 3 hours prior to your test. (If you are diabetic, please talk to your primary care doctor.)
  2. Give yourself a Fleet enema 2 hours prior to your study. (You can get the Fleet enema from a pharmacy or supermarket.)
  3. Please ask your physician about taking other scheduled medications.