We use cookies to so our web site can function correctly. By Clicking "OK" or by clicking into any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more visit the cookies section of our privacy policy.

Privacy Statement

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Cookie group mandatory

(Req)
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

These cookies are required

Functional

These cookies allow us to adtertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Marketing

These cookies allow us to advertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.  All information collect is annonomas unless you provide personal information to us.
If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Anorectal physiology testing

Tests to investigate lower bowel problems

We're able to carry out a wide range of colorectal physiological tests to get to the root of your lower bowel problems

About Anorectal physiology testing

If you're having problems with your back passage or lower bowel, we can carry out tests to get to the root of your problems. These may include:

  • Colonic transit. This measures how long it takes for you to empty your bowel. We'll ask you to swallow a capsule and track it on an X-ray 
  • Rectal sensation. This involves inserting a balloon into your rectum to see how much volume it can hold 
  • Anal pressure measurements. This involves inserting a small tube into your back passage to measure the strength of your rectum muscles 
  • Pudendal nerve function test. This test studies the function of the nerves in your pelvic floor 
  • Ultrasound. This scan can tell if the muscles around your back passage are intact or damaged
  • Evacuation proctography. This test is used to investigate any problems you may have when you try for a bowel movement

Depending on your symptoms, we may carry out one or a combination of these tests.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    These tests are carried out to find out how well your lower bowel and back passage are working. As such, they normally happen after an initial discussion about your symptoms, usually with a GP or consultant. They will decide which test is right for you. It can be a little embarrassing and uncomfortable having tests done on your back passage. Rest assured, all of our tests are carried out by discreet, professional experts who are committed to minimising your discomfort and protecting your privacy.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will explain which test is right for you and what to expect. Apart from the colonic transit test, your consultant will most likely ask you to lie on a couch so they can show you what happens in the test. They'll also be happy to answer any questions you might have.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    You'll most likely be able to go home on the day of your test(s). You can arrange for a friend or relative to come and pick you up after the test. However, we won't be giving you a sedative beforehand (a drug to help you sleep) so you won't necessarily need someone to come and collect you. You may experience a little discomfort in the lower part of your tummy or back passage after the tests for a few hours but this usually settles down. If you experience any unusual symptoms, like bleeding, please do get in touch.
Consultant with patient

Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
back to top