Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is an advanced endoscopic exam that diagnoses and treats conditions affecting the bile and pancreatic ducts. Tahmina Haq, MD, is a fellowship-trained endoscopic gastroenterologist who performs ERCP at Advanced Gastroenterology & Liver Institute in Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Huntington Beach, California. The gastroenterologist can talk to you about ERCP and why you need it. For expert care from a highly trained gastroenterologist, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a diagnostic procedure for conditions that affect the gallbladder, pancreas, and liver, and the ducts that connect these organs to each other and the small intestine.
ERCP is a highly specialized procedure and is performed only by individuals with advanced training. The fellowship-trained gastroenterologist at Advanced Gastroenterology & Liver Institute performs ERCP and is well-known for her clinical skills and bedside manner.
During ERCP, the gastroenterologist uses a duodenoscope that extends into the duodenum — the first part of the small intestine. They advance the duodenoscope to the ducts, inject a dye, and take X-rays.
The duodenoscope and X-rays provide detailed images of the bile ducts, pancreatic duct, and the pancreas.
The gastroenterologist at Advanced Gastroenterology & Liver Institute explains why you need an ERCP. It’s most often performed to find and remove gallstones trapped in the bile duct.
But you may also need an ERCP to determine the underlying cause of your acute pancreatitis, unblock the pancreatic duct, or treat leaking ducts.
Advanced Gastroenterology & Liver Institute provides specific instructions on how to prepare for your ERCP. You must follow these instructions exactly or they may need to postpone your procedure.
They ask that you stop eating up to eight hours before your procedure. This ensures your stomach and small intestine are clear of any food to improve imaging and prevent vomiting and aspiration into the lungs.
You may also need to make modifications to your usual medication schedule.
The gastroenterologist at Advanced Gastroenterology & Liver Institute talks to you about the ERCP during your initial consultation so you know what to expect. Your provider places an intravenous (IV) line in your arm for fluids and medications that make you relaxed and sleepy.
The gastroenterologist inserts the duodenoscope in your mouth and slowly advances it to the site of your ducts. They inject the contrast dye, take X-rays, and perform any necessary treatment.
You then go to the recovery area for monitoring. Most people go home after their ERCP, but some people may need an overnight stay at the hospital for continued observation.
Advanced Gastroenterology & Liver Institute schedules a follow-up appointment to discuss the findings of your ERCP and talk to you about what happens next.
Call Advanced Gastroenterology & Liver Institute or use the online booking button to schedule a consultation with the gastroenterologist today.