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Endoscopic Biliary Stent Placement

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about an endoscopic biliary stent placement?

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.


How do I prepare for an endoscopic biliary stent placement?

What will happen during an endoscopic biliary stent placement?

What will happen after an endoscopic biliary stent placement?

Healthcare providers will monitor you until you are awake. You may need blood tests to check your liver function. You may have abdominal pain or feel bloated. You may also feel nauseous. These symptoms should go away in a few hours. You may be able to go home or you may need to spend a night in the hospital.

What are the risks of an endoscopic biliary stent placement?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. The endoscope or tools may damage your esophagus, stomach, intestines, or bile duct. The biliary stent may move out of place or block your bile duct. The procedure may not work and you may need to have another stent placed.

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