Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a minimally invasive procedure that combines upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy and x-rays to diagnose and treat problems of the bile and pancreatic ducts. We at CMC, has the specialized team of Gastroenterologist who perform ERCP Procedure to diagnose and treat diseases of digestive system.
How ERCP Works
During ERCP, the doctor will insert a long, flexible tube called an endoscope through your mouth and down your throat, into your stomach and small intestine. The endoscope has a camera and a light on the end, which allows the doctor to see the inside of your digestive tract. The doctor will also use the endoscope to inject a contrast dye into the bile and pancreatic ducts. This will allow the doctor to see the ducts on X-rays.
Indications for ERCP
ERCP is used to diagnose and treat a variety of problems of the bile and pancreatic ducts, including:
Before ERCP, you will need to follow your doctor’s instructions for preparing for the procedure. This may include fasting for several hours before the procedure, taking antibiotics, and getting blood work done.
The ERCP procedure is usually performed under conscious sedation, which means that you will be awake but relaxed and comfortable. You will be given medication through an IV to help you relax and to numb your throat.
The procedure itself takes about 30 to 90 minutes. The doctor will insert the endoscope through your mouth and down your throat, into your stomach and small intestine. The doctor will then inject a contrast dye into the bile and pancreatic ducts. This will allow the doctor to see the ducts on X-rays.
The doctor may then perform a variety of procedures, depending on the reason for the ERCP. These procedures may include:
After ERCP, you will be monitored in the recovery room for a few hours. You may experience some discomfort in your abdomen and throat. You may also have some nausea and vomiting.
You will be able to go home the same day as the procedure. You will need to rest and avoid strenuous activity for a few days. Your doctor will give you specific instructions for your recovery.
ERCP is a minimally invasive procedure that can be used to diagnose and treat a variety of problems of the bile and pancreatic ducts. The procedure is usually performed under conscious sedation and takes about 30 to 90 minutes. The risks of ERCP are low, but there are some potential complications. If you are considering ERCP, talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of the procedure.