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How to Prepare for Therapeutic ERCP in NJ

The Day Before Therapeutic ERCP

If you are taking Coumadin, Plavix, or Aspirin, it may need to be stopped prior to your procedure. Please ask your doctor. These medications are usually stopped several days before your procedure.

The Day of Your Therapeutic ERCP Appointment

  • This procedure is performed at Somerset Medical Center.
  • DO NOT have any solid foods for 8 HOURS before your procedure.
  • You may have clear liquids until 4 HOURS before your procedure (water, broth, clear apple juice, coffee/tea (no milk), ginger ale, etc.)
  • After this time, NOTHING BY MOUTH including water, gum, candy or mints.
  • Depending on the indication(s) for the procedure, an antibiotic may be given during the procedure.
  • You may take your vital medications with a small sip of water.
  • You may brush your teeth.
  • Please arrive for your procedure promptly at your assigned arrival time.
  • Please make sure you have arranged ahead of time for a responsible adult (age 18 or over) to drive you home after the procedure.
  • If you are a diabetic, to avoid dangerously low blood sugar, please do not take your oral medications for your diabetes or your insulin on the morning of your procedure. You can resume your diabetes medications after the procedure, once you have eaten.  If you are taking insulin it is always a good idea to check with your endocrinologist or primary doctor as to the best way to manage your blood sugars. Please bring your insulin with you. If you are unsure about taking any medications, please call us.
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing such as a sweat suit.  No metal should be worn including underwire bras or zippers.  Leave all jewelry at home including belly rings & tongue piercings.
  • If you are a smoker, it is advised that you do not smoke at least 6 hours before the procedure.

After Your Therapeutic ERCP Appointment

  • You must arrange for a responsible adult (18 or over) to drive you home. Going home in a taxi is not allowed.
  • The effects of the anesthesia can persist for 24 hours. After receiving the sedation, you must exercise extreme caution before engaging in any activity that could be harmful to yourself or others (such as driving a car). Do not make any important decisions and do not drink any alcoholic beverages during this time period.
  • Take only the medication that is prescribed by your doctor.
  • After your procedure, you may have anything you’d like to eat or drink. You will probably want to start with something light. Please include plenty of fluids. Avoid items that cause gas such as sodas and salads.
  • If your procedure required the placement of a metal clip, you cannot have an MRI for 30 days.

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Therapeutic ERCP in New Jersey

At Digestive Healthcare Center, our team of compassionate, board-certified physicians will ensure that you fully understand all decisions made as part of your treatment plan, including Therapeutic ERCP if it is needed. Most of our gastroenterology procedures are performed at our Hillsborough office and surgical center, but we proudly see patients at all three of our office locations in NJ. If you have any questions about Therapeutic ERCP or the other services we provide, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

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We are proud to offer telemedicine care to patients throughout NJ, allowing patients to consult with one of our expert gastroenterologists via a two-way video call. Setting up and completing a telemedicine visit is extremely simple, and all you need to do to get started is give one of our offices a call or contact us by filling out a form.