Digestive Institute of Arizona

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

ERCP Excellence: Advanced Care at Digestive Institute of Arizona

ERCP is one of the techniques used by the Digestive Institute of Arizona for diagnosing and managing pancreatic ducts and bile duct problems. The center’s experienced gastroenterologists use cutting-edge technology to perform ERCP safely.

What is ERCP?

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes endoscopy and fluoroscopy (X-ray imaging) to examine the bile and pancreatic ducts. These ducts connect the liver and gallbladder to the small intestines. These ducts carry bile from which enzymes needed for the digestive process are produced.

What are the uses of ERCP?

ERCP is employed for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.



Who is a candidate for ERCP?

Conditions and symptoms indicating that you might be diagnosed with ERCP include:

What to expect during ERCP

Before the procedure

You will have a preoperative discussion with your doctor about the advantages or consequences of ERCP. The medications you are taking may have to be discontinued. Additionally, you could be told not to eat for some hours just before the process.

During the procedure

After the procedure

Risks and complications of ERCP

Though ERCP is usually harmless, it has some dangers and difficulties. They entail but are not limited to:

Benefits of Digestive Institute of Arizona for an ERCP include


If you have any inquiries or concerns about ERCP, please contact your gastroenterologist at the Digestive Institute of Arizona. We are dedicated to providing individualized attention and ensuring optimal results for all our patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

In some cases, other imaging tests, such as magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) or ultrasound, can also be considered. However, in cases of treatment like gallstone removal, ERCP can be the best possible option.
The ERCP procedure is usually completed within 30-60 minutes. Nevertheless, this time may differ depending on the complexity of the case.
Most people have already recovered and can leave for home within hours. You may feel some mild discomfort, but your doctor will help you manage any post-procedure symptoms.