Defaecating Proctograms

Spire Regency Hospital's Consultant Radiologist Dr Sue Tebby-Lees is one of a few radiologists in the North West region to offer defaecating proctograms for the diagnosis of rectal dysfunction.

Rectal prolapse and pelvic floor defects are usually defined using this special X-ray called a defaecating proctogram and possibly pressure studies of the back passage. Patients who describe excessive straining, prolonged periods of time on the toilet and a sensation of being unable to empty the bowel fully may be referred for this X-ray.

Once the problem has been accurately diagnosed, treatment or surgery is tailored to restore normal anatomy.

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