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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.
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.
Your throat will be numbed using an anesthetic spray. Under light sedation, the tube is inserted through the mouth and is guided down the esophagus to the stomach and duodenum (top of the small intestines). A small cannula will be threaded through the scope into the bile and pancreatic ducts. A contrast is released retrograde, meaning backwards, filling the region with a material that highlights these areas. X-rays are then taken of the ducts.
If a problem – such as a gallstone, growth, scar tissue or other issue causing an obstruction or narrowing – is found, it may be treated at the time of the procedure. In some cases, a metal or plastic stent may be inserted to provide support and open a narrowing in a duct.
There are no incisions with this procedure.
This is normally an outpatient procedure, but some patients may have to stay overnight for observation.
You will probably want to rest for the next 24 hours. You can return to work or school on the day after the procedure.
If you or someone you care for is experiencing worrisome symptoms, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our gastroenterologists or colorectal surgeons.
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Raleigh, NC 27610