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About the Center

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The incidence of functional bowel disorders, including chronic constipation, prolapse and fecal incontinence is estimated to affect twenty percent of the population. These medical conditions can dramatically impact work, daily activities, and the enjoyment of life. The Saint Francis Anorectal Physiology Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic testing to assess patients with these medical conditions.

Many people fail to seek care or treatment for these conditions because of embarrassment. Untreated functional bowel disorders can lead to other issues and can compromise quality of life.

The Anorectal Physiology Center’s diagnostic procedures focus on problems in the following areas:

  • Chronic Constipation – Difficulty passing stool
  • Anorectal Pain
  • Fecal Incontinence – Involuntary passage of stool
  • Rectal Prolapse – Part of rectum is outside the anus

Anorectal Physiology Testing

At the Anorectal Physiology Center, patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders are evaluated with the following tests:

  • Anorectal Manometry
  • Electromyography
  • Defecography
  • Sensation Testing

The tests are performed at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis by a physician with a nurse present. A radiology technician is present during the diagnostic radiology testing.  No anesthesia is required and no surgical procedures are performed.  No fasting or other dietary changes are needed.  Once tests are completed, patients can resume normal activities. Findings are reported to the patient’s referring physician.

To be seen at the center, patients must be referred by their physician and have had a recent colonoscopy. To schedule an appointment, please call (901)765-1347 or fax (901)765-2091.

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