It wasnt painful, just more of an annoyance. The ERCP is entirely possible, but your bariatric surgeon will have to put in the feeding tube. It just hangs there, has no other function. It has to stay in for a minimum of 6 weeks. This will allow a shorter access route for the GI to go in and do the ERCP. Then the tube has to stay in for about another 3-4 weeks in case there are any complications after the procedure.
Google EPISOD. There are about 10 places across the country that are doing studies on patients that still have pains after having gall bladder removed. Because of the RNY, you wouldnt be qualified for the study, however, it would give you the best list of docs that do it. It just so happens there was one out here where I live, recommended by my regular GI.
Once the GI gets in, they do a pressure test on the sphincter muscle, place stents in the bile ducts for 2 days. Its about a 3-4 day stay in the hospital and once they remove the stents and you can handle food, they release you. The feeding tube cause alot of abnormal stomach spasms, especially after the procedure. It reminded me of being pregnant with my son and he was up and moving around inside. Recovery is about 3-4 weeks, but the worst is over in the first week.
Keep your chin up! Ask your GI for a referral to someone who is willing to do the ERCP. Maybe there will be someone in your area that has this special study going on. Their equipment is more technologically advanced then the average GI.
I have to follow an extremely low low low fat diet. No eggs, nuts.. (of course my major source of protein) but it has helped.
Prior to the procedure, the only way I could eat is if I took narcotics 1/2 hour first. The pain from the attacks was just too overwhelming. Now it only happens about 1/4 of the time..
Be persistent and dont stop until you find someone who is willing to do it!
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