What is rendezvous procedure?

A rendezvous procedure refers to the combination of endoscopic, percutaneous and/or surgical approaches to achieve a goal through 2 points of the body that cannot be achieved via one.

What is a PTC drain?

A PTC/PBD is used to relieve a blockage in the bile ducts of the liver that lead to your bowel. It also may be used to find the bile ducts for surgery.

What is rendezvous ERCP?

The Rendezvous Technique is a fluoroscopic and endoscopic maneuver in which there is a “meeting” at the papilla between a wire guide that enters through a percutaneous tract and the duodenoscope that it is placed in front the papilla.

Why PTC is done?

A PTC helps your doctor find out what might be causing your symptoms. You might have this test if your doctor thinks there is a blockage in your bile ducts. A blockage in the bile ducts can cause: yellowing of your skin and whites of your eyes.

Why PTBD is done?

Percutaneous Transhepatic Biliary Drainage (PTBD) is a medical procedure for diagnosis or treatment of a bile duct obstruction. The objective of the procedure is to locate the obstruction and/or to insert a temporary catheter to drain the bile.

How PTC is performed?

Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiogram (PTC) is done to evaluate and treat obstructions of the biliary tract. It is done under local anesthetic and sedation in a radiology lab. A needle is inserted through the skin of the abdomen to the bile ducts, using contrast dye and fluoroscopy or ultrasound for guidance.

What are the advantages of ERCP over PTC?

ERCP offers the following advantages: Allows treatment of obstruction using sphincterotomy, stone extraction, stent placement, or balloon-dilation of strictures. Permits biopsies under direct visualization. Provides excellent visualization of the bile ducts.

Is ERCP life threatening?

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) can be helpful in treating specific medical conditions involving the bile and pancreatic ducts. However, ERCP side effects pose a risk to the patient. ERCP side effects can be life-threatening, such as organ perforation or infection.

Is PTBD procedure painful?

What will happen during PTBD? You may be given general anesthesia to keep you asleep and free from pain during the procedure. You may instead be given local or spinal anesthesia to numb the area. A CT scan or fluoroscopy may be used during the procedure.

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