Your doctor may recommend a procedure to diagnose or treat a colorectal condition such as bowel problems, colorectal cancer, precancerous polyps, Clostridium difficile infection and hemorrhoids.
Colorectal procedures include:
- Anal sphincter electromyography – Checks how your anal muscle sphincter is working – if your muscles are squeezing and relaxing the way they should. You might need this test if you have a bowel problem.
- Ano-rectal manometry – Measures many of the components needed to have normal bowel movements, including the strength of your anal sphincter muscles, movements of your rectal and anal muscles, sensation in your rectum and your nerve reflexes. You might need this test if you have a bowel problem.
- Colonoscopy – Checks for abnormalities in your colon (large intestine) and rectum. Polyps, which can become cancerous, and abnormal tissue are removed during this test, making it a cancer prevention tool.
- Fecal transplantation (bacteriotherapy) – A treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection. Fecal transplantation puts another person's healthy stool in your colon via colonoscopy to improve the bacterial environment in your colon.
- Hemorrhoid treatment (rubber band ligation, sclerotherapy, cryotherapy, stapled hemorrhoidopexy, excisional hemorrhoidectomy) – Treatment for hemorrhoids that don't improve with self-care includes minimally invasive procedures and surgery.
Our gastroenterology specialists are experienced in comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of colorectal problems.