The Role of Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

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Gastroenterologist Mark Schattner describes endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), a minimally invasive method used to treat obstructions and strictures in the biliary ducts. Once primarily a diagnostic procedure, ERCP is now used therapeutically as well — either to remove a gallstone inside a bile duct or to insert a stent into an occluded duct. Dr. Schattner explains that at Memorial Sloan Kettering, endoscopists are joined by interventional radiologists and surgeons during this procedure.