- Diagnosis and treatment of common bile duct stones
- Diagnosis and treatment of strictures (blockage) involving the bile ducts and pancreatic duct
- Removal of pancreatic duct stones (complication of chronic pancreatitis)
- Treatment of Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction (SOD)
- Diagnosis and treatment of recurrent acute pancreatitis
- Treatment of bile leaks following gallbladder surgery or trauma to the bile ducts
- Treatment of pancreatic duct leaks from acute or chronic pancreatitis or trauma to the pancreas
- Removal of tumors involving the major duodenal papilla (ampullary polyps)
- You may not eat or drink for six to eight hours prior to the procedure to insure that the intestinal tract is clear of food products.
- Arrive one to two hours prior to the scheduled procedure time to allow ample time for registration and preparation
- Please inform your physician of any medication allergies.
- Your physician will instruct you regarding any prescription medications you are taking. In general, coumadin (warfarin) should be held five days prior to the procedure, and plavix (clopidogrel) should be held seven days prior to the procedure. Holding these medications should be discussed with your physician prior to the procedure.
- An IV will be inserted to allow administration of fluids and sedatives.
- Following sedation, an endoscope will be inserted through the mouth to the first portion of the duodenum where access to the bile duct and/or pancreatic duct is obtained.
- Upon completion of the procedure, you will be monitored in the recovery area where the physician will discuss the findings of the procedure and determine whether you can be discharged home, accompanied by a responsible adult, or admitted to the hospital for further observation.
How Should I Prepare for ERCP?
Before having ERCP, let your doctor know about any special medical conditions you have, including:
- Lung Conditions
- Heart Conditions
- Allergies to any medications
If you have diabetes and use insulin you may need to adjust the dosage of insulin the day of the test. Your diabetes care provider will help you with this adjustment. Bring your diabetes medication with you so you can take it after the procedure.