Advanced endoscopic intervention addresses diseases of the pancreas and bile ducts and applications of ERCP/EUS aid in diagnosis and management of complex cases, including management of strictures and stones related to chronic pancreatitis.
ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde CholangioPancreatography)
ERCP is a procedure used to perform therapy on the biliary tree without surgery. By placing an endoscope into the stomach, and using smaller instruments to remove stones and obstructions that are in the biliary tree, major surgery may be prevented.
Some advantages of this procedure may be :
- reduced recovery time
- shorter hospitalization stays
- less pain, as there are no incisions
- reduced chance of infection
There are many pancreatic and bile duct diseases:
- strictures, or narrowing of the biliary tree
- stones that form in the gallbladder and lodge in the main bile duct causing obstruction
- pancreatitis, a very serious inflammation of the pancreas that can be complicated by damage to the pancreas and lead to necrosis and cyst formation called pseudocyst.
- tumors or cancers of the pancreas or bile duct causing obstruction and jaundice