Dysfunction in your pelvic floor muscles can contribute to constipation, pain, and other distressing symptoms. To identify the root cause of your symptoms, Southwest Surgical Associates offers comprehensive pelvic floor testing services in-office. They use advanced ultrasounds, X-rays, and other technologies to diagnose the cause of pelvic pain, incontinence, and other pelvic floor issues, so you can get the treatment you need. Call the office in Cypress, Sugar Land, Houston, Pearland, or Katy, Texas, to schedule pelvic floor testing or book an appointment online today.
Pelvic floor testing can identify many pelvic floor disorders that cause pain, incontinence, and other symptoms that interfere with your quality of life.
You might need pelvic floor testing if you have issues like:
Southwest Surgical Associates provides advanced testing services on-site to identify what’s causing your symptoms. The surgeons can also use your test results to determine how to treat your condition.
The surgeons at Southwest Surgical Associates offer comprehensive, in-office pelvic floor testing services, including:
Endoanal and endorectal ultrasounds use sound waves to create pictures of your anus, rectal wall, and other pelvic muscle structures to identify abnormalities like rectal or small bowel (enterocele) prolapse.
Anorectal manometry evaluates the function and strength of muscles in your rectum.
An EMG uses small doses of electricity delivered through a needle to evaluate the function of several nerves in the anal sphincter and pelvic floor.
Pudendal nerve testing focuses on assessing the function of the pudendal nerve, a major nerve in your pelvic region that provides sensations to your genitals.
A colonic transit study is a series of X-rays that evaluate the passage of stool through your colon to identify the source of constipation. Testing involves swallowing a pill that contains metal markers that show up on the X-rays.
A video defecogram is a special X-ray that tests muscle function during a bowel movement.
If testing reveals a pelvic floor disorder, Southwest Surgical Associates customizes a care plan to treat it.
Initially, your treatment may involve dietary changes to increase your intake of fluids and fiber to make bowel movements easier. Your provider may also inject anti-inflammatory medications or an anesthetic into your pelvic floor muscles to relieve symptoms.
Rarely is surgery necessary for pelvic floor disorders unless you have pelvic prolapse, a condition where your pelvic organs fall out of position because of weakness in your pelvic muscles. You may need surgery to improve the strength of your pelvic muscles to support your pelvic floor organs.
Surgery is also available to treat large rectoceles in women, a condition where the tissues between the rectum and vagina weaken and allow the rectum to protrude through the vagina.
To learn more about the benefits of pelvic floor testing, call the Southwest Surgical Associates office near you or book an appointment online today.