Yes, pressure was checked before the sphincterotomy. I had already discussed with the gastroenterologist that depending on what he found during the ERCP, he would do what he felt was necessary while he was already inside. The pressure was the highest he had ever seen on anyone. The ampulla was extremely narrow at one point before emptying into the intestine and the sphincter of oddi had a large tear in it. The intent was to also place a stent in the pancreatic duct to protect the pancreas, but they were not able to get it in place and stopped trying.
I woke up in serious pain and with unbelievable nausea. Because I had a Nissen wrap back in October 2007, I was not able to relieve the nausea by vomitting. After 11 days of nausea, it finally subsided and now I feel a heck of a lot better. Today is 2 weeks post sphincterotomy.
Thanks for the response. It's good to know someone else was in a lot of pain afterwards - not that I'm glad you were in pain, but it's good to know it's not abnormal to feel lousy for a few weeks. I'm now on the positive side of the recovery so I'm hoping the "slice" will accomplish its purpose and there won't be any more pain after eating.
Hope things went well with your colonoscopy.