Department of Medicine

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography

Post Procedure

Immediately following the procedure you will be taken to a recovery area for monitoring. This is usually 1-2 hours. During this time you will be observed for complications until the effects of the medications have worn off. You will likely experience bloating or pass gas due to the air introduced during the exam. Towards the end of your recovery period your physician will inform you on the procedure findings and of any treatments. On occasion, if the ERCP involved any treatment or was difficult, you may be admitted to hospital overnight for observation purposes.

Most ERCPs are performed as an outpatient basis and your accompanying family or friend may take you home if the ERCP was relatively simple. Someone must accompany you home due to the sedatives used during the procedure. You will be given specific discharge instructions. You should return home and rest, having only a light meal, with plenty of fluids. You can also resume any routine medications after you leave the endoscopy area, unless you are instructed otherwise.

It is important for you to recognize the early signs of possible complications and to contact your physician if you notice symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, dizziness, fever, nausea, skin or eye yellowing, chills, vomiting, black-colored stools or rectal bleeding.