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ERCP

ENDOSCOPIC RETROGRADE CHOLANGIO-PANCREATOGRAPHY (ERCP)


Will ERCP be painful? 

The procedure itself will not cause you pain since you are sedated and asleep during the procedure. Sphincterotomy and dilatation of strictures may cause abdominal pain following the procedure. If this is occurs, we will provide you with adequate pain medication.

Can I eat or drink before the procedure? 

No. You should not have any food or water for at least six hours prior to your procedure, generally speaking from midnight, the evening prior to the procedure. You may have a small sip of water with important medications, but please discuss with the nurse practitioner prior to doing so.

May I go home after the procedure? 

Please discuss with your physician.

When can I return to work after ERCP? 

Please discuss with your physician.


Will I have to take medication after the ERCP procedure? 

You will be given pain medication to use should you need it. You will also probably be given either oral or intravenous antibiotics for approximately three to five days following the procedure.

When do I have to come back for a follow-up visit? 

Generally speaking we like to see you in one to two weeks for a follow-up visit to see how you are feeling and to review the findings with you. This will in part depend on how far away you live from our office, and other plans we may have in the future for your medical management.

If I have stents placed, when do they need to be removed? 

Generally speaking we like to see you in one to two weeks for a follow-up visit to see how you are feeling and to review the findings with you. This will in part depend on how far away you live from our office, and other plans we may have in the future for your medical management.

Contact Information

For more information please call 310.556.7747 or e-mail CDDI@olympiamc.com.