Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
(ERCP) Procedure Specialist Q&A
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) Procedure Specialist in Kissimmee, FL, and Orlando, FL
Common questions asked by patients: Does ERCP remove gallstones? What is the difference between ERCP and endoscopy? How do I prepare for an ERCP? What is ERCP used to diagnose? What should I do after ERCP?
For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Kissimmee FL, and Orlando FL. We serve patients from Kissimmee FL, Orlando FL, St. Cloud FL, Meadow Woods FL, Celebration FL, Buenaventura Lakes FL, Williamsburg FL, and Hunters Creek FL.
In the United States, annually duodenoscopes are utilized in more than 500,000 ERCP procedures Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography is a non-invasive treatment used to treat pancreatic duct and bile problems. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and x-rays are both used in this procedure. At Advanced Gastroenterology, Vinay Katukuri, MD board certified gastroenterologist aid in the diagnosis and treatment of issues when the bile duct and pancreatic duct become narrow and clogged due to acute and chronic pancreatitis, gallstones, tumors, and cancer. We have convenient locations in Kissimmee FL, and Orlando FL. To learn more about the procedure, contact us or schedule an appointment online.
Table of Content:
What is Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) Procedure?
What is the difference between ERCP and endoscopy?
How do I prepare for an ERCP?
What is ERCP used to diagnose?
What should I do after ERCP?
A diagnosis by a physician, especially a gastroenterologist, can be frightening. To help figure out the cause and/or treatment of a disease or disorder, a doctor may perform a procedure known as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP involves inserting small tubes through the mouth and into the stomach and intestines so that doctors can view the inside of organs. In this overview, we’ll look at the procedure, what happens before and during ERCP as well as it’s possible side effects.
Before performing an ERCP procedure, doctors first conduct what is called an upper gastrointestinal (GI) series. In this test, a tube with an endoscope on the end is inserted through the mouth and into the stomach and duodenum. The endoscope allows the doctor to view the inside of the stomach and small intestine.
During this test, doctors also check for Barrett’s esophagus and cancerous growths in the esophagus using endoscopes with a camera attached to them. If Barrett’s esophagus is present or if cancer is suspected, this test is often done after a sedative medicine so that patients don’t feel any pain during testing. If necessary, your doctor may also remove any abnormal tissue found during the upper GI serious with a knife through a tube inserted through your mouth into your stomach.
Endoscopy and ERCP are treatments used to treat various gastrointestinal diseases in patients. Both endoscopies and ERCP utilize flexible tubes with a light and a camera at the end to diagnose and treat patients with digestive system disorders.
However, there are some differences between endoscopy and ERCP that patients should be aware of.
Both endoscopy and ERCP are used to treat various gastrointestinal ailments. A scope is a flexible tube with a light and a camera at the end used to examine the interior of the human body. An endoscope is a type of scope used in medicine that is longer, thinner, and has a flexible tip. Physicians using endoscopes have trained extensively in order to use them safely; they’re also certified in order to provide the best care possible. Furthermore, different facilities use either an endoscope or an ERCP for treatment. This is because both have their advantages.
You will be asked not to eat or drink anything for six to eight hours before the test. It is important that the stomach is empty so that the endoscopist can see the entire area and reduce the chance of vomiting during the procedure.
You may be instructed to adjust your medication dose or stop certain medications before the test. Most medicines (such as blood pressure medicines) can be taken as usual, but some medicines may need to be stopped for a few days. All medications and supplements should be discussed with your provider.
If you are pregnant, ERCP should be postponed until after delivery, if possible, but it can be done safely during pregnancy if the procedure is urgent.
You will need a friend or family member to drive you home after the test. This is because the drugs used to sedate can impair reflexes, judgment, and your ability to drive (similar to the effects of alcohol).
ERCP (short for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) is a procedure used to diagnose diseases of the gallbladder, biliary system, pancreas, and liver.
The test looks at the sources of “upstream” digestive juices — the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas — until it reaches the gut. In addition, ERCP can be used to treat problems in these parts of the digestive system.
Once the cause of the problem has been identified, a doctor can treat it by performing one of the following procedures:
– Sphincterotomy: It involves making a small incision (incision) at the opening of the pancreatic or bile duct, which allows adequate drainage of small gallstones, bile, and pancreatic juice.
– Bracket placement: Stents are drainage tubes that are placed in the bile duct or pancreatic duct to keep the duct open and drain.
– Remove gallstones: ERCP can remove gallstones in the bile ducts, but not the gallbladder itself.
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a surgical procedure that removes the obstruction of the biliary system and pancreatic ducts. The biliary system is the part of the liver responsible for processing and storing nutrients as well as manufacturing bile. The pancreatic system is the part of the pancreas that produces enzymes responsible for digesting food. ERCP is an essential treatment for many diseases and conditions such as chronic bile duct obstruction, gallstones, and duodenal ulcers and aneurysms in the hepatic artery. However, ERCP sometimes causes complications that require medical management.
After ERCP, patients often feel better in the short term since they have a more positive outlook on their health. Their general health improves since they no longer suffer from gallstones or other digestive disorders. They may also feel relief from pain due to the removal of gallstones and other materials obstructing their livers.
Follow-up appointments are necessary to monitor changes in patients’ health and to tweak treatment strategies as needed. Patients should follow up with a post-ERCP appointment to evaluate their results and determine the future course of treatment.
We have convenient locations in Kissimmee FL, and Orlando FL. We serve patients from Kissimmee FL, Orlando FL, St. Buenaventura Lakes FL, Williamsburg FL, Cloud FL, Meadow Woods FL, Celebration FL, Hunters Creek FL, and surrounding areas.
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