Information for patients
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You have had an ERCP with conscious sedation (a drug that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed).
This leaflet tells you what to expect and who to contact if you have any questions or worries when you go home.
You must have a responsible adult to take you home and stay with you for the first 24 to 36 hours after your sedation. This is because sedation may make you feel tired and will affect your judgement.
The after effects of this medication will stay with you for 24-36 hours so it is important you follow this advice. Your nurse will remind you of what you should do and must not do.
For the first 24 – 36 hours after your sedation you:
- Must not go back to work.
- Must not drive a car, ride a bicycle or motorcycle. It is an offence to drive while unfit to do so because of drugs and it will probably invalidate your insurance policy.
- Must not supervise children.
- Must not make any important decisions or sign any legal documents.
- Must not operate machinery or electrical appliances.
- Must not go near open flames or sources of high heat.
- Must not drink alcohol.
- Must not take sleeping tablets, tranquillisers or any drugs other than those prescribed to you by the hospital or GP.
How will I feel when I get home?
- Have a sore throat for the first 24-48 hours.
- Feel bloated. This is due to the air put in your stomach and duodenum (small intestine) during your procedure. This usually settles within a few hours.
- Feel tired due to the effect of sedation.
- Relax quietly at home for the rest of the day.
- Have fluids to drink and have a light meal on the evening after your ERCP, for example soup and a sweet. Do not have a heavy meal as it could make you sick.
- Gradually build up to your normal diet over the next few days.
- Avoid rich and fatty foods.
- Take any medication as normal, unless your Doctor has advised otherwise.
- Have warm drinks, walk around, suck a sweet or drink peppermint water helps to ease any abdominal discomfort, if needed.
You must contact the Endoscopy Unit (see contact numbers) where you had your ERCP immediately if:
- You have severe pain in your neck, chest or abdomen (tummy).
- Your temperature is 38˚C (100.4˚F) or higher.
- You start vomiting (being sick) or develop nausea (feeling sick).
If that department is closed and you have an urgent problem up to 48 hours after your ERCP, you should contact the Emergency Department (see contact numbers).
When will I be told about the results of my procedure?
Before you leave the unit, your nurse will explain the results of your ERCP to you. If you have had sedation, you may not remember everything you have been told, so with your permission, it may be helpful if a relative or friend could be with you when you are told your results.
Your GP will be sent a report if the doctor who has done your ERCP feels it is necessary; you may also be given some medication and/or an outpatient appointment.
If you had biopsies taken and sent to a laboratory for further examination, you might have to wait for up to 6 weeks for the results. Your biopsy results do not come back to the Endoscopy unit. Your GP will be sent a copy of these results.
You can make an appointment to see your GP to discuss your results or if you are given an outpatient appointment, your results will be discussed with you then.
If you need further advice or have any other problems, please contact the ward or your Consultant’s secretary at either:
University Hospital of North Tees
Telephone: 01642 624387
Monday to Friday at 8:00am to 7:00pm
Telephone: 01642 382899
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Further information is available from:
Telephone: 111 (when it is less urgent than 999)
Calls to these numbers are free from landlines and mobile phones. You may also contact us via the website at www.nhs.uk
If you have any worries or concerns, you should contact your GP during normal surgery hours. Outside these hours, you should contact your GP surgery for the Out of Hours Service number.
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Telephone: 01642 624719
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Telephone: 01642 617617
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This leaflet has been produced in partnership with patients and carers. All patient leaflets are regularly reviewed, and any suggestions you have as to how it may be improved are extremely valuable. Please write to the Clinical Governance team, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital of North Tees, TS19 8PE or:
Email: [email protected]
Leaflet reference: PIL1145
Date for Review: September 2026