ERCP for Bile Duct Stone – Agrawal Gastrocare Center Indore
ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) is a medical procedure used to diagnose and treat problems in the bile ducts, pancreatic ducts, and gallbladder. It is performed using an endoscope, which is a thin, flexible tube with a camera and a light at the end. ERCP is commonly used to remove bile duct stones that can cause blockages and lead to painful symptoms.
A bile duct stone is a small, hard deposit that forms in the bile duct, a tube that carries bile from the liver to the small intestine. Bile is a digestive fluid that helps to break down fats. When a stone gets stuck in the bile duct, it can cause a blockage, leading to symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), and fever.
During an ERCP procedure, you will be given anesthesia to help you relax and avoid pain. The endoscope is then inserted through your mouth, down your throat, and into your stomach and small intestine. Once the endoscope reaches the bile duct, a small catheter is used to inject a dye that helps to highlight the bile ducts on x-ray images.
The doctor can then use specialized tools to locate and remove the bile duct stones. In some cases, a small wire mesh cage called a stent may be inserted to help keep the bile duct open and prevent future blockages.
ERCP is generally considered a safe and effective procedure for removing bile duct stones. However, as with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and complications to be aware of. Some possible risks of ERCP include bleeding, infection, perforation (a hole in the digestive tract), and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
After the procedure, you will be monitored closely for a few hours to ensure that you are recovering properly. You may experience some soreness in your throat, and you will need to avoid eating and drinking for a few hours until the effects of the anesthesia wear off. You may also need to take antibiotics or other medications to prevent infection.
Your doctor will likely schedule a follow-up appointment to check your progress and ensure that there are no complications. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery.