Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a procedure to examine the ducts of your pancreas or gallbladder. ERCP may also be used to open blocked ducts, or to diagnose problems with your pancreas or gallbladder. An endoscope (thin, flexible tube with a light) will be used for the procedure.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Do not take aspirin after your procedure unless your healthcare provider says it is okay. Aspirin may increase your risk for bleeding.
- Rest: Rest when you feel it is needed. Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.
- Ask when you can eat a normal diet. Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. Ask your healthcare provider if you need to be on a special diet.
- Drink liquids as directed. Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You lose your appetite, your skin feels itchy, and your skin turns yellow.
- You have black, sticky bowel movements.
- You have chills or nausea, or you are vomiting.
- You have abdominal pain.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have sudden, severe abdominal pain.
- Your heart beats faster than normal for you.
- You are lightheaded or faint.
- You bleed from your rectum.
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