An ERCP is a study of the ducts that drain the liver and pancreas. Bile and pancreatic ducts are drainage routes into the bowel. X-ray contrast dye is injected into the ducts through the ERCP endoscope. X-rays are taken during the ERCP to get pictures of these ducts. At this time a diagnosis can be made or treatment can be done.
The ERCP is a flexible endoscope with a catheter that fits through the endoscope. It is inserted through your mouth and is advanced into your esophagus as you swallow. The scope will allow the doctor to see the way through the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum to the opening of the common bile duct.
Following the procedure, you will be observed until the effects of the medication decreases and you are more awake. You will remain in the recovery room, usually for no more than an hour. You may have some discomfort afterwards.
You may return to your normal routine and diet the day after the ERCP.