About Pelvic Floor Investigation

The exact tests used will depend on the type of pelvic floor abnormality and whether other organs are affected as well as the bowel:

Endoanal USS

Specialised test used in assessing whether the two anal sphincter (‘back passage’) muscles are intact or not (in patients affected by faecal incontinence)

MRI Proctogram

A dynamic (ie study showing movement) assessment of how the pelvic organs function during defaecation

Defaecating Proctogram

A type of dynamic X ray test (test showing movement) used to investigate patients who have significant problems evacuating

Ano-Rectal Manometry

An investigation that determines the strength of the anal sphincter (‘back passage’) muscles both when at rest and when trying to squeeze to delay defaecation

Pudendal Nerve Function

A test that measures the speed ie function of the main nerve that helps provide bowel control

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Limited endoscopic (‘camera’) investigation of the lower part of the bowel

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Ian Botterill holds practices as both Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Spire Healthcare. To book a consultation, please contact his secretary.