During ERCP, a dye called a contrast medium is used to highlight the bile and pancreatic ducts so that issues can be spotted. A sedative is also given before the procedure. Unfortunately, some patients have adverse reactions to either the sedative or the dye. This page explores what can happen if a patient is sensitive or allergic to these and what doctors should be doing to prevent reactions from occurring.
Gastric bypass surgery is an increasingly common medical procedure used to treat a variety of ailments, such as morbid obesity. In gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is divided into two separate sections – a small upper pouch, and a far larger lower pouch. The small intestine is connected to both pouches, allowing for normal digestion. Continue reading →