Anorectal Physiology Lab
The UMass Memorial Anorectal Physiology Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility located at 67 Belmont Street on the Memorial Campus, is Central Massachusetts' only resource for advanced studies of the pelvic floor related to defecation (bowel movement) disorders. The Lab provides essential information for evaluating and managing patients with colon, rectal and anal disorders and cancers.
Pelvic floor disorders are not uncommon and include conditions such as:
- Fecal incontinence, for which UMass Memorial now offers a treatment called Sacral Nerve Stimulation
- Rectal prolapse (when the walls of the rectum protrude through the anus)
- Obstructed defecation/constipation as a result of rectoceles (when part of the rectum protrudes into the vagina) or when the pelvic floor muscles do not function properly
The lab uses the latest diagnostic technologies, including three-dimensional endorectal ultrasound, to help diagnose a wide variety of conditions. Staffed by our colorectal surgeons and technicians, the lab is designed for the evaluation of common and rare conditions. We also offer many services on an urgent basis.
UMass Memorial has streamlined the process of care for these complex conditions, so you can see your team of specialists in one visit – instead of over multiple visits – speeding the time to diagnosis and treatment. Using this coordinated team approach, your colorectal surgeons and specialists develop an individual management plan tailored to your needs, which may include laparoscopic surgery or other treatment options.