ERCP treatment is a diagnostic procedure where the physician examines the pancreatic and bile ducts. In this process, a bendable lighted tube (endoscope) is used to go through the stomach. It is about the thickness of your index finger. This is placed from the mouth into your stomach. The first part of the small intestine, which is also called the duodenum, is inspected via this device. A physician would conduct the procedure for you. It is done to determine a number of acute illnesses such as stomach cancer, jaundice, and other serious infections. The process combines endoscopy and fluoroscopy for diagnosing issues of the biliary or pancreatic ductal systems and treating them during the test itself with a minor surgery.
The ERCP test procedure takes about 30-45 minutes. In other cases, the process could take longer depending on the intensity of the disease and time taken to make the analysis. A part of the ERCP surgery is also done through this method, which takes about equal time. A few hours of rest or 1-2 days of hospitalisation may be needed post the surgery.
After completion of the procedure, you will no longer feel the discomfort or uneasiness in your stomach such as bloating or feeling of swelling. There would be no burning sensation and other related issues that cause uneasiness or lead to stomach pain. Some diet restrictions may be recommended post the operation.