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Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a two step procedure in which dye is first injected into the bile and the pancreatic ducts, and then an x-ray is taken to obtain an image of the pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts. To inject the dye, your Bux-Mont physician will use an endoscope, which is a flexible, fiber-optic video device which is passed down your esophagus. You will be sedated, and it is unlikely that you will experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Some patients experience a mild sore throat for a few hours after the examination.

Preparation for the Exam:

  1. Discuss with your doctor the medications you take. Your medication schedule may have to be adjusted the week before your ERCP examination.
  2. Unless otherwise directed by your physician do not take aspirin or blood thinners for 4 to 7 days before the procedure.
  3. You must have a ride home from the hospital. Since you will be sedated, you will not be able to safely operate a vehicle or machinery for 24 hours.
  4. Your ERCP will be performed at either Grand View Hospital in Sellersville, or St. Luke's Hospital in Quakertown. Please make sure that you arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment. YOU MUST HAVE A RIDE HOME.