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Endoscopic Biliary Stenting
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Endoscopic biliary stenting is procedure to open a blocked bile duct. A stent is a small cylinder-shaped tube that widens your bile duct and keeps it open. Your body stores bile in your gall bladder. Bile passes through your bile duct and is released into your intestines when you eat.
- Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. Always take your antibiotics exactly as ordered by your healthcare provider. Do not stop taking your medicine unless directed by your healthcare provider. Never save antibiotics or take leftover antibiotics that were given to you for another illness.
- Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine.
- 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.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or gastroenterologist as directed:
You may need to return for more tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your healthcare provider or gastroenterologist if:
- You have itchy skin.
- You have yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have black or tarry bowel movements.
- You vomit blood.
- You have shaking chills and a fever (100.4°F or 38°C).
- You have severe pain in the right upper area of your abdomen.
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