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With the addition of our new gastroenterologist, Dr. Gopi Vasudevan, in May, and new fluoroscopy equipment in July, Kearney Regional Medical Center has added a new service that is the first of its kind in the area.

An E.R.C.P. (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) is a procedure that allows a physician to examine the pancreatic and bile ducts using a bendable, lighted tube (endoscope) about the thickness of an index finger. The tube is placed through the mouth, into the stomach and then the first part of the small intestine. A small plastic tube is then passed through a small opening in the intestine, and dye (contrast material) is injected. X-rays are then taken to study the ducts of the pancreas and liver.

Only about 15-20 percent of gastroenterologists perform this procedure nationally, says Vasudevan, as the procedure is more selective in nature.

Dr. Vasudevan performed many ERCPs while in his previous private practice. He’s excited to be able to offer the service to the community members of the Kearney, NE region now.

To date, Dr. Vasudevan has used the procedure to diagnose and treat: chronic pancreatitis and a severe case of gallstones/excess bile in the gallbladder. Both cases resulted in successful surgical operations to remove the gallbladder and helped both patients return to full health.

For more information about the ERPC procedure, please contact our Endoscopy Department at 308-455-6852.