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Department of Internal Medicine

Department of Internal Medicine

Instructions for ERCP

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment for registration. If you are unable to keep your appointment, you must cancel at least 48 hours in advance or you will be referred back to your primary care physician.

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) enables the physician to diagnose problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas. You will be here approximately 3 hours.

PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY AND COMPLETELY:

  • If you take medicine to thin your blood (e.g. Heparin, Plavix, Coumadin, Warfarin), your primary care doctor must tell you how many days prior to the procedure you must stop taking your medication. In some cases you may continue to take the medication but you MUST check with your doctor first.
  • If you are diabetic and using insulin or are taking oral diabetic medications, contact your primary care doctor for instructions on adjusting these medications for the day of your procedure.
  • You may take your blood pressure and heart medications as usual the morning of the procedure with a sip of water.
  • DO NOT take ibuprofen (Motrin), Advil, Aleve, Naprosyn, aspirin or medications containing aspirin or NSAID (Vioxx, Celebrex) for 5 days prior to your procedure.

YOU MAY NOT DRIVE YOURSELF HOME OR RETURN TO WORK THE DAY OF YOUR PROCEDURE. SOMEONE MUST ACCOMPANY YOU TO AND FROM THE PROCEDURE!

If you have any questions, please call the GI office at (916) 734-2890, Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After hours, call (916) 734-2011 and ask for the GI Fellow on-call.