Anorectal Manometry

Diagnostic testing for bowel complications in New Jersey

Anorectal Manometry is a test of bowel function in patients with constipation and stool leakage. This test measures the anal sphincter muscle strength, sensation in the rectum and reflexes needed for normal bowel movements. Your physician will most likely recommend this test when deciding on the most effective treatment for a bowel complication. This procedure is also often performed after a treatment or surgery to confirm that it was effective.

How it Works

This procedure typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes. The doctor may have you prepare by taking a laxative or receiving an enema beforehand. During the test, a small balloon attached to a catheter is inserted into the rectum and inflated in order to test reflexes. The doctor may ask you to tighten, squeeze, or push muscles throughout the test.

This procedure is very safe and complications are rare. A doctor or nurse will give you step-by-step instructions before the procedure, and you should feel free to ask questions if you have any concerns. Once the test is concluded, the doctor will review the results with you and discuss what comes next.

Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
600 River Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 363-1900
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Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000
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Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 222-5200
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Clara Maass Medical Center
1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109
(973) 450-2000
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Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8000
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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2000
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RWJ University Hospital Rahway
865 Stone Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 381-4200
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RWJ University Hospital Hamilton
1 Hamilton Health Place
Hamilton, NJ 08690
(609) 586-7900
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RWJ University Hospital New Brunswick
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
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Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center
200 South Orange Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-7000
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The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-7250
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