Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedure used to visualize the biliary and pancreatic ducts. Sterling Hospitals in Ahmedabad is a leading center for ERCP, offering state-of-the-art facilities and experienced gastroenterologists. 

Indications: ERCP is indicated in patients with suspected or confirmed bile duct or pancreatic duct pathology, such as gallstones, biliary strictures, biliary leaks, or tumors. It is also used to obtain tissue samples for diagnosis and to treat certain conditions, such as gallstone pancreatitis or biliary obstruction. 

Preparation: Patients undergoing ERCP are typically asked to fast for 6 to 8 hours prior to the procedure. They may also need to stop taking certain medications that can interfere with blood clotting or affect the pancreas. Before the procedure, patients are given sedatives and pain medications to help them relax and minimize discomfort. 

Procedure: ERCP is performed under conscious sedation, which means the patient is awake but feels drowsy and comfortable. During the procedure, a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope is passed through the mouth, esophagus, and stomach, and into the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine. Then, a small catheter is inserted through the endoscope to access the common bile duct or pancreatic duct. Contrast material is injected to visualize the ducts and X-ray images are obtained. If a blockage or stricture is identified, the gastroenterologist can perform therapeutic interventions, such as removing stones or placing stents to relieve the obstruction. 

Aftercare: Following ERCP, patients are monitored in a recovery room until the sedation wears off. They may experience mild discomfort, bloating, or nausea, but these symptoms typically resolve quickly. Patients are advised to avoid eating or drinking for a few hours after the procedure and to rest for the remainder of the day. They should also arrange for someone to drive them home as they may feel drowsy from the sedation. 

Sterling Hospitals in Ahmedabad is well-equipped to perform ERCP procedures with a team of highly skilled gastroenterologists and support staff. Patients can trust in the expertise and experience of the team for accurate diagnosis and effective management of their conditions.