What is ERCP?
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, or ERCP, is a specialized technique used to study the bile ducts, pancreatic duct and gallbladder. Ducts are drainage routes; the drainage channels from the liver are called bile or biliary ducts. The pancreatic duct is the drainage channel from the pancreas.
How is an ERCP Performed?
With ERCP, a bendable lighted tube about the thickness of your index finger is placed through your mouth. Your doctor will pass the endoscope through the mouth, esophagus and stomach into the duodenum. After the doctor sees the common opening to the ducts from the liver and pancreas, called the major duodenal papilla, your doctor will pass a narrow plastic tube called a catheter through the endoscope and into the ducts.
When is an ERCP Performed?
An ERCP is commonly performed to diagnose conditions of the pancreas or bile ducts. The procedure can also be used to treat those conditions. Common symptoms that would result in the use of ERCP include weight loss, abdominal pain, jaundice, or an ultrasound or CT scan showing stones or a mass in these organs.
Preparations for ERCP
For an ERCP, the stomach must be empty, which includes fasting for at least 6 hours before the examination. Your physician will have more specific details about fasting and additional preparation instructions.
Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches is a full-service gastroenterology practice specializing in diseases of the digestive tract and liver. Our gastroenterologists utilize a wide range of digestive endoscopy techniques, including ERCP procedures in Palm Beach and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography procedures.
Formed in 2005, Digestive Center of the Palm Beaches has two convenient office locations in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, as well as hospital privileges at Good Samaritan, St. Mary’s and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Our gastroenterology center is fully certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
With over 80 years of combined experience, our gastroenterologist in Jupiter performs thousands of procedures each year, including ERCP procedures in Palm Beach. Our patients are in the hands of the most qualified and highly trained board-certified gastroenterologists in Palm Beach. Our physicians are the foremost experts in digestive wellness and gastrointestinal diseases in Palm Beach County.
Our center for gastroenterology is a doctor’s office, as well as an outpatient endoscopic facility in West Palm Beach, specializing in colon cancer screening and gastroenterology. We take pride in providing high-quality healthcare services in a warm and welcoming environment, where guests feel comfortable and secure. The stomach doctors in Palm Beach, nurses and staff appreciate the confidence and trust that you have placed in us.
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