The liver is probably the most under romanticised internal organ given the fact that it is constantly at work, among the vanguards of our digestive system.
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a procedure to treat complications of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas. However, a rather stubborn shroud of myths clouds this otherwise simple procedure
ERCP is a painful and complicated procedure that requires prolonged hospital stay
Nothing could be further from the truth. ERCP is generally carried out either in the hospital’s endoscopy or ambulatory surgery centres. It is a fairly simple outpatient procedure where one doesn’t have to stay overnight too
ERCP is a superfluous procedure
In fact, ERCP is usually performed when other tests cannot detect pancreatic lesions or when signs of jaundice are visible
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ERCPs can aid cure and diagnosis through biopsies, and empower the surgeon to probe whether the pancreatic or bile ducts are slimmed or constricted by a tumor or something else
ERCPs also direct healing in cases where the bile duct is jammed by cancer resulting in jaundice helping surgeons decide whether surgery is necessary and the further course of action too
Stent placement during an ERCP is an ideal way of arresting jaundice that has been caused by a blockage of the bile duct as it is less invasive than surgery
- Strictures of Bile Duct
- Malignancy of Bile Duct
- Pancreatic Duct Stone
- Ampullary Tumors
- Biopsy of Tumors
- Endoscopic Bilateral Stenting
- Pancreatic Stenting
- Metallic Stenting
- Pancreatic Stone Treatment