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ERCP 105: After

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Your doctor will tell you more specifically what you can expect after the test. Some things may include:

  • When your ERCP is done, you will be cared for in a recovery room until the medicine wears off and you are more alert.
  • Plan to take it easy for the rest of the day after your ERCP. This means not driving, working or making important decisions. 
  • You will need to arrange to have a family member or friend accompany you to the appointment so that he or she can hear the discharge instructions and take you home. You should plan to resume your normal activities (driving and working) the day following your exam.
  • You may feel some minor issues, such as bloating (swelling) or feeling full. You may pass a lot of gas right after the test. You may have soft stool or other brief changes in your stool after the ERCP. These should go away in less than 24 hours.
  • Your doctor or nurse will review the ERCP results with you and give you any other details or next steps you may need.
  • If a biopsy (taking a small piece of tissue to look at under a microscope) was taken, your doctor or nurse will tell you when those results will be available. They will tell you if any other testing or follow-up is needed.
  • You will be told how soon you can eat and drink, plus other steps to take for getting back to your normal routine.
  • Contact your doctor’s office if you have any questions after your ERCP.
ERCP - What to Know:
  • ERCP can help with finding the cause of jaundice (when your skin and/or the whites of your eyes turn yellow) or pancreatitis, swelling of your pancreas.
  • ERCP is used to look at your pancreas and pancreatic duct, bile duct system, gallbladder, and duodenum (part of your small intestine).
  • ERCP can be used to look for and treat health issues in the GI tract.


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