Learn What to Expect from Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
Prior to the Procedure
You may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), clopidogrel (Plavix), warfarin (Coumadin) and other blood thinners.
Ask your doctor which drugs you should take on the day of the procedure.
Discuss any possible bleeding disorders or other medical conditions that you may have.
Let your doctor know if you have a cold, flu fever, herpes breakout or other illness prior to surgery. This may require that you reschedule your procedure.
Do not drink or eat anything after midnight on the day prior to your ERCP.
On the Day of the Procedure
Take the drugs your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.
Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.
After the Procedure You will either go home the same day or stay overnight in the hospital, based on any treatments that your gastroenterologist performed. Do not drive for the next 24 hours. You may feel full and pass gas for the first day.
Recovery: what to expect in the next few weeks After the day of the procedure, you should be able to go back to work or school. If you had any biopsies, you may be advised not to lift heavy objects for the first few days.