Endosopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

ERCP At-A-Glance

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, or ERCP, is a specialized procedure in which a flexible lighted tube (endoscope) is passed through the mouth, esophagus and stomach into the upper small intestine for direct visualization of the common opening to ducts from the liver and pancreas. Once this opening is in view, a narrow plastic tube is passed through the scope into the ducts. A contrast material or “dye” is gently injected and X-ray pictures are taken to help in evaluating your condition.

ERCP is an effective procedure for the removal of stones from the bile duct and to diagnose disorders of the duct systems of the gallbladder, liver and pancreas. It is a well-tolerated procedure and intravenous sedation/anesthesia will be given to make you more comfortable.

Individual circumstances can vary, so we will fully discuss the benefits and risks of this procedure with you — and be there every step of the way to guide you.

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