After the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery room. Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will be taken to your hospital room or discharged home. If this procedure was done as an outpatient, plan to have someone drive you home.
You will not be allowed to eat or drink anything until your gag reflex has returned. You may have a sore throat and pain with swallowing for a few days. This is normal.
Many times, a rectal suppository of a certain medicine is given after the ERCP to decrease the risk of pancreatitis.
You may go back to your usual diet and activities after the procedure, unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the following:
– Fever or chills
– Redness, swelling, or bleeding or other drainage from the IV site
– Abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting
– Black, tarry, or bloody stools
– Trouble swallowing
– Throat or chest pain that worsens