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ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)

An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP) is a test used which combines the use of an endoscope (flexible scope) and X ray to examine issues involving the drainage tubes around the liver, gallbladder and pancreas. 

The endoscope is inserted through the mouth and slowly moved down the throat to the point where it reaches where the bile ducts and pancreatic ducts drain into the duodenum. 

Surgical dye is used to visually aid the consultant for purposes of an X-ray.

This procedure can treat other problems at the same time if necessary. If any abnormal growth is found a sample can be removed via the endoscope for examination and further testing. If a gallstone is present then there are also occasions your consultant can also remove this via the endoscope, dependant on the size. 

Patients will be allowed home the day of surgery and your consultant will advise you on any period you should be away from work.  

Please do discuss any questions you may have with your consultant prior to the procedure.

This procedure will normally be covered by the medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with the provider prior to any treatment.

If you are paying for your own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.


The Sefton Suite
Aintree University Hospital
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 330 6551