ERCP is an endoscopic procedure to examine the biliary and pancreatic system. ERCP will only be advised after other less invasive tests have been performed and failed to provide a clear diagnosis or when intervention is planned, i.e removal of bile duct stones or relieving blockage of the bile duct.
Stones in the bile duct can lead to severe infection of the liver and bile duct or inflammation of the pancreas, therefore it needs to be removed. Blockages can be benign or cancerous and can often be temporarily relieved by passage of a plastic or a metal stent.
You need to fast from midnight the day prior to your planned procedure.
You current medications may need to be adjusted or ceased. Please inform your doctor if you are taking aspirin, blood thinners, Vitamin E, fish oil, non-‐steroidal anti-‐ inflammatories or insulin. It is essential to alert your doctor if you have any allergies to any medications including iodine and shellfish.
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure given you will be sedated during the procedure. Sedatives will affect your judgement and reflexes for the rest of the day. Therefore, you should not drive, operate machinery or carry out tasks which require decision making until the next day.