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 →
New reports have been surfacing about a new threat emerging within the walls of America’s largest hospitals. One of the most widely performed non-surgical procedures (ERCP) may be responsible for dozens of deaths and a potential global health crisis. It has been revealed that hospitals in several major cities are reporting deaths due to CRE outbreaks. Continue reading →
The gallbladder stores bile, which is created by the liver and aids in digestion. This bile sometimes crystallizes and forms stones, called gallstones. Approximately one million Americans are affected by gallstone disease every year. Continue reading →
A pancreatic cancer diagnosis can be one of the most devastating discussions of a patient’s life. After receiving a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, patients must endure a lot of changes in their lives to adapt to the condition and commit to their health. Patients will often need to manage severe and painful symptoms, undergo rigorous treatment regimens, and make important decisions regarding care. During this trying time, pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones are encouraged to take steps to cope with the trials and tribulations of the condition. Continue reading →