Stone Extraction, Stricture Dilation, Stenting
Bile and pancreatic duct obstruction can be caused by stones and strictures. The specific cause of obstruction is identified and treated accordingly. Stones are extracted using baskets and balloons, strictures are dilated using catheters and balloons, and drainage across strictures is maintained by the insertion of a plastic or expandable metal stent.
Sphincter of Oddi Manometry
The bile and pancreatic ducts are selectively cannulated with a special manometry catheter to measure the basal pressure and phasic wave contractions of the sphincter of Oddi. A “dysfunctional” sphincter may be the cause of biliary- type pain or recurrent attacks of pancreatitis.
A miniature flexible endoscope is inserted into the bile and pancreatic ducts for endoscopic evaluation. Ductoscopy is performed to clarify indeterminate findings on ERCP and to guide interventional procedures such as tissue sampling and lithotripsy of stones.
Intraductal Shock-Wave Lithotripsy
Ductoscopy is performed to visually guide the fragmentation of impacted stones with electrohydraulic- generated shock waves.
Drainage of Pancreatic Pseudocysts
Cyst drainage is accomplished through the bowel wall (transmural) or through the pancreatic duct (transpapillary). Endoscopic ultrasonography is used to guide transmural drainage of pseudocysts.