Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a procedure used to identify stones, tumors, or narrowing in the bile ducts. The procedure is done through an endoscope. The procedure is used to identify any problems of the pancreas or bile ducts causing abdominal pain (usually in the right upper or middle stomach area) and yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice) like bile duct tumours, Pancreatitis (chronic), cholangitis, strictures etc. ERCP is often performed after gallstones in the common duct are discovered during cholecystectomy. Done by a Gastroenterologist, your doctor will discuss the requirements of the procedure, complications associated and alternative diagnostics and therapeutic tests available.
Results in ERCP depends upon the clarity that the endoscope gives for the removal of the bile duct stone. Most of the centres who do endoscopy generally use hallogen light source. However for better results preference should be to an endoscopy machine with either Xenon or LED light source. Apart from machine a trained gastroeneterologist is very important for safe endoscopy procedure. Health in India recommends GNH Hospital located in Sector 14, Gurgaon, India for all endoscopic procedures as it meets both the above condition.. Hospital has Fujinon Endoscopy machine with Xenon light source and a very able gastroenterologist in Dr Rajan Dhingra who is extensively trained at AIIMS which is considered one of the best medical institutes in India.
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