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Endoscopic Biliary Stent Placement
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
An endoscopic biliary stent placement is a procedure to open a blocked bile duct. Your bile duct carries bile from your gallbladder to your small intestine. Bile helps your body digest foods. A stent is a small tube made of plastic or metal. The stent helps widen your bile duct and keeps it open.
Seek care immediately if:
- You have severe abdominal pain or your abdomen is larger than usual.
- You faint.
- You vomit blood or something that looks like coffee grounds.
- You have blood in your bowel movements, or your bowel movements look like tar.
- Your skin or whites of your eyes are yellow.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever or chills.
- You have nausea or are vomiting.
- Your skin is itchy, swollen, or you have a rash.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
- Medicines may be given to decrease pain.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
- Rest as directed. Return to your regular activities in 24 hours or as directed.
- Drink liquids as directed. Liquids will help flush the contrast liquid from your body. Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
- Eat small meals more often. This may help prevent nausea. Do not eat spicy or greasy foods.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
You may need to return for more tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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