AFTER THE PROCEDURE
As soon as the endoscope is removed, your blood pressure and pulse will be recorded. The only discomfort following the examination is generally limited to a mild sore throat and/or a need to "burp" the air which has been put in the stomach during the examination.
You will be moved to the recovery room where your vital signs will be monitored. Your physician will then discuss results of the procedure with you and your family.
If you are an inpatient you will be taken back to your room.
Because of the after-effects of the medication you are advised
- Not to return to work
- Not to operate any machinery (including kitchen equipment)
- Not to drink any alcohol for at least 12 hours following the test
Contact your physician immediately if you develop any of the following
- Severe pain
- Black tarry stools
- Vomiting and Temperature over 100* F
If you develop a sore throat, gargle with warm salt water or use throat lozenges from your local drugstore. You may develop a lump and/or redness at the site where your I.V. sedation was given. Apply a warm compress (a cloth soaked in warm water may be used) to the area to reduce discomfort. When you return home you may resume your regular diet unless directed otherwise.If you have any questions about the examination, please feel free to discuss them with your physician or one of the nurses.
Depending on the findings of your ERCP, another procedure might be indicated.
They could include :
- Papillotomy (Sphincterotomy)
- Sphincter of Oddi Manometry
- Nasal Biliary Catheter Placement (NBC)
- Stent Placement
- Common Bile Duct (CBD) Dilation
- Pancreatic Duct (PD) Dilation
The use of a cutting wire and electric current to incise the Sphincter of Oddi, a band of muscles surrounding the opening of the ducts that drain the gall bladder, liver and pancreatic duct.
Sphincter of Oddi Manometry
Pressure tracings measuring the muscle activity of the Sphincter of Oddi. A band of muscles surrounding the opening of the ducts that drain the gall bladder, live and pancreatic duct.