Ormiston Hospital Endoscopy
Private Service, Gastroenterology & Hepatology (Liver)
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP)
A flexible tube with a video camera (endoscope) is inserted through the mouth into the stomach and small intestine while you are under sedation. A smaller tube is then advanced through the first tube into the bile duct (the tube that connects your gallbladder to your intestines) through which dye is injected and an x-ray is taken to visualise the tubes. This procedure also allows the extraction of stones from the tubes without the need for surgery.
The risks and procedure are similar to gastroscopy and colonoscopy.