What to expect the day of your ERCP?

Prior to your procedure, you will need to follow specific preparation instructions.  The following is a list of general instructions prior to the procedure.

 

You may not eat or drink for six to eight hours prior to the procedure to insure that the intestinal tract is clear of food products.
 
Arrive one to two hours prior to the scheduled procedure time to allow ample time for registration and preparation
 
Please inform your physician of any medication allergies.

 

Your physician will instruct you regarding any prescription medications you are taking.  In general, Coumadin (Warfarin) should be held five days prior to the procedure, and Plavix (Clopidogrel) should be held seven days prior to the procedure.  Holding these medications should be discussed with your physician prior to the procedure.

 
An IV will be inserted to allow administration of fluids and sedatives.
 
Following sedation, an endoscope will be inserted through the mouth to the first portion of the duodenum where access to the bile duct and/or pancreatic duct is obtained.
 
Upon completion of the procedure, you will be monitored in the recovery area where the physician will discuss the findings of the procedure and determine whether you can be discharged home, accompanied by a responsible adult, or admitted to the hospital for further observation.