What to Expect and Frequently Asked Questions

What if I need to reschedule my appointment?
Please call us at 919-966-5563 as soon as possible (and at least 3 days before the scheduled appointment).

    How do I prepare for my procedure?
    Instructions for your specific procedure will be sent to patients approximately 4 weeks prior to the scheduled appointment.  These are also available [here].  In general, motility tests do not involve much preparation, though some require fasting for several hours before the test.

      What should I bring with me?
      You should also bring a list of medications you take, your insurance card, hospital card (if you have one), and either a credit card, debit card, or a check for any possible out of pocket payments.

        Where do I go?
        The GI Motility Unit is located within the basement of UNC Hospitals at 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599.  A map with directions from the parking deck to the hospital is available here. We ask that you arrive at the GI Procedure check-in window at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. This is to ensure that we have adequate time to get you ready for your procedure.  Note that some pelvic floor biofeedback services are offered at Hillsborough Medical Office Building located at 460 Watersong Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care at 1807 N. Fordham Boulevard, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.  A map with directions is available here.

        Who will perform the motility test?
        All motility tests are performed by specially trained, highly experienced GI nurses.  Gastroenterology physicians are nearby if needed.  Test results are then interpreted by a UNC faculty gastroenterologist, sometimes with a physician’s assistant.

        How much will this cost me?
        Out-of-pocket costs vary depending on your insurance and the type of procedure. For questions or assistance, please call a financial counselor at 919-966-8499. At no time do we want financial hardship to come between you and appropriate care.

          Do I need to bring someone to drive me home?
          No.  You will not be given any sedating medications so you will be able to drive yourself home.

            When can I return to work? 
            Most patients can return to work the same day.  We can provide you with a doctor’s note if your employer requires one.

              When will I receive the results?
              We will mail your physician the results of the test within 1-2 weeks.  We ask that you contact your physician to discuss these results.  If you have additional questions you may call 919-966-5563.

              What is pelvic floor biofeedback?
              Biofeedback with coaching will help you learn to use your pelvic floor muscles differently and or to improve your awareness of these muscles to relieve symptoms of constipation, fecal incontinence or proctalgia due to a muscle miscoordination.  Biofeedback provides a visual feedback via measures taken with small sensors on your abdomen and in the rectum, or a catheter with a balloon is inserted in the rectum, which are connected to a computer monitor.  The visual feedback on the computer will help you understand what you are doing with your muscles in live time.  You will be taught ways to improve your symptoms.  With coaching and practice, the positive changes you learn can continue without the need for biofeedback equipment.

              Pelvic floor biofeedback is provided at the new UNC Hillsborough Medical Office Building at 460 Waterstone Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278 and at UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care at 1807 N. Fordham Boulevard, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. If you would like to be referred, have your doctor fax a referral to GI Procedures.  You must have an anorectal manometry done first prior to beginning biofeedback training.  The referrals should be faxed to GI Procedures at 919-966-8764, telephone number is 919-966-5563 or 966-2310.