Imaging Services - Patient Instructions
Biliary Tube Placement
A biliary tube is placed to drain bile from the biliary system when a blockage is present.
Before the procedure
Please do not eat or drink after midnight before the procedure. Certain medications may increase your risk of bleeding and may need to be held prior to your procedure. You may resume these medications the day after your procedure unless otherwise instructed.
During the procedure sedation and pain medication is provided for comfort. An area on the right abdomen is cleaned and numbed. A needle is inserted into the biliary system and a tube with a drainage bag is placed to drain the bile. Sometimes the tube is capped and opened when needed. The procedure may take 1-2 hours.
After the procedure the tube should be flushed daily with saline. The dressing around the tube should be changed daily. Avoid kinking or pulling on the tube. You may not take a tub bath or soak in water. You may shower.
When to call your doctor:
Watch for signs of infection at the insertion site such as redness, swelling, drainage, or fever. If the holes in the catheter become blocked, you may experience symptoms that include fever, chills, abdominal pain, jaundice, or leaking around the catheter. If the tube is pulled out partially or completely, call the doctor. If you have any questions about this procedure, please discuss them with your doctor or contact Interventional Radiology in Imaging Services at 320-251-2700 ext. 54413.
Providing safe, quality patient care is our highest priority. To help ensure quality and safety, we ask that you do not bring young children with you to your appointments, as children are not allowed to accompany you during Imaging procedures. Staff is unable to monitor your child in your absence.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your doctor or contact Imaging Services at (320) 255-5619.
Your appointment is on:
Date: ________________ Time: ________________ at the following location:
____ St. Cloud Hospital - please check in at Door A / South Entrance
____ CentraCare Health Plaza - please check in at Woodlands Entrance
|St. Cloud Hospital
1406 Sixth Avenue North
St. Cloud, MN 56303
|CentraCare Health Plaza
1900 CentraCare Circle
St. Cloud, MN 56303