Ercp Procedure - Help
I am writing about my mom. She has, since January, had 2 attacks which we thought were indigestion/stomach virus. After each attack of pain between the breasts, fever, nasusa and vomiting, a couple of days later she looked "Yellow" to me. Both times her blood tests came back with elevated liver enzymes. Back in March she had a sonogram full abominal sonagram, which did not show anything. Her coloring goes back to normal. This time though, she had a pain in the right side of her abdomen that went to the side and back. I thought she pulled a muscle. Each time, when her blood was retested less than a week later, everything goes back to normal and the jaundice disappears. Last week, after the same thing happened, they send her for a sonogram for the liver area only. The technician said he sees a stone in her common bile duct. Her doctor stressed to us how important it is to have this removed because if it moves it can cause problems that can be severe which in turn would cause emergency surgery if it moves and doesn't unblock (pancriatitis being one of the them problems). We went to see a gastroenterologist and we scheduled my mom for a ERCP procedure for this Friday. There are some side effects that come from this as well which scares me. Some of these side effects are pancreatitis, a severed orgna, etc. SHE DOES NOT HAVE A GALL BLADDER IT WAS REMOVED ABOUT 35 YEARS AGO. This endoscopic procedure is the only way to do this now, as she isn't a candidate for laporscopic surgery since she has had other surgery in the past.
Can you still create stones in your bile duct without a gall bladder? I am worried and scared that when they do this procedure they will finder cancer. Would the sonogram have showed other problems, even a mass other than a stone? Do they know wht a stone looks like as opposed to a mass?
I guess the best thing to do is the least invasive procedure. If she has to have surgery, he will have to have the real thing, open surgery, which we don't want if not necessary.
Any advice? Has anyone heard of this happening before? I don't see how a stone could have been left behind 35 years ago and cause problems now???????? Could this be a mistake?