Interventional Radiology at Union Hospital, Dover Ohio

Biliary Drainage Tube Placement

What is a Biliary Drainage Tube Placement?

Interventional Radiology team at work.
Interventional Radiology team at work.

Bile is made in the liver and stored in the gallbladder to help digest fat. Sometimes a patient can develop stones (made of Calcium build-up) in their gallbladder which can block the system from letting bile through. Or there can be some mass on the outside of the bile duct pressing in on it until it closes off. A Biliary Drainage Tube will allow the bile to pass around the blockage or to drain outside the body into a collection bag.

What will happen?

Types of drainage tubes used for biliary drainage
Types of drainage tubes.

Outpatients will arrive at Ambulatory Care where the patient will change into a gown, an IV will be started, and medical history is taken. The patient will be brought to the Radiology Department where the procedure will be explained and questions answered. The patient will be positioned on the X-ray table and an Ultrasound machine used to help the doctor guide the drainage tube into place. An X-ray dye (contrast) will be injected to check the position of the drainage tube. If it was not possible for the tip of the tube to be placed all the way down into the small intestine a drainage collection bag is then placed on the drainage catheter coming through the skin. A dressing is secured around the entry site and tube.

Will it hurt?

You may feel a bee sting when the doctor numbs the entry site. You also may feel some pushing at the entry site when tube is put in place.

When can I get back to my normal activity?

This is variable depending on your condition. The doctor or nurse will let you know for sure.

When do I get my results?

The doctor will be able to tell you and your family the results as soon as the procedure is finished.

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