Biliary stenting


A biliary stent is a plastic or metal tube that is inserted into a bile duct to relieve narrowing of the duct (also called bile duct stricture).


Biliary stenting is used to treat obstructions that occur in the bile ducts. Bile is a substance that helps to digest fats and is produced by the liver, secreted through the bile ducts, and stored in the gallbladder. It is released into the small intestine after a fat-containing meal has been eaten. The release of bile is controlled by a muscle called the sphincter of Oddi found at the junction of the bile ducts and the small intestine.

There are a number of conditions, malignant or benign, that can cause strictures of the bile duct. Pancreatic cancer is the most common malignant cause, followed by cancers of the gallbladder, bile duct, liver, and large intestine. Noncancerous causes of bile duct stricture include:


The overall incidence of bile duct stricture is not known. Approximately 0.2–0.5% of patients undergoing gallbladder surgery or other operations affecting the bile duct develop biliary stricture.


A biliary stent is a thin, tube-like structure that is used to support a narrowed part of the bile duct and prevent the reformation of the stricture. Stents may be made of plastic or metal. The two most common methods that are used to place a biliary stent are endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography (PTC).


ERCP is an imaging technique used to diagnose diseases of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts that also has the advantage of being used as a therapeutic device. The endoscope (a thin, lighted, hollow tube attached to a viewing screen) is inserted into a patient's mouth, down the esophagus, through the stomach, and into the upper part of the small intestine, until it reaches the spot where the bile ducts empty. At this point a small tube called a cannula is inserted through the endoscope and used to inject a contrast dye into the ducts; the term retrograde refers to the backward direction of the dye. A series of x rays are then taken as the dye moves through the ducts.

If the x rays show that a biliary stricture exists, a stent may be placed into a duct to relieve the obstruction. In order to do this, special instruments are inserted into the endoscope and a sphincterotomy (a cut into the sphincter of Oddi) is performed to provide access to the bile ducts. In some cases, the biliary stricture may first be dilated (expanded) using a thin, flexible tube called a catheter, followed by a balloon-type device that is inflated. The stent is then inserted into the bile duct.


PTC is similar to ERCP in that the test is used to diagnose and treat obstructions affecting the flow of bile from the liver to the gastrointestinal tract. The procedure is generally reserved for patients who have undergone unsuccessful ERCP. A thin needle is used to inject a contrast dye through the skin and into the liver or gallbladder; x rays are taken while the dye moves through the bile ducts. If a biliary stricture becomes evident, a stent may then be placed. A hollow needle is introduced into the bile duct, and a thin guide wire inserted into the needle. The wire is guided to the area of obstruction; the stent is advanced over the wire and placed in the obstructed duct.


Prior to ERCP or PTC, the patient will be instructed to refrain from eating or drinking for at least six hours to ensure that the stomach and upper part of the intestine are free of food. The physician should be notified as to what medications the patient takes and if the patient has an allergy to iodine, which is found in the contrast dye. Antibiotics will be started prior to surgery and continued for several days afterward.


After the procedure, the patient is monitored for signs of complications. In the case of ERCP, the patient generally remains at the hospital or outpatient facility until the effects of the sedative wear off and to ensure no complications occur. After PTC, the patient is instructed to lie on his or her right side for at least six hours to reduce the risk of bleeding from the injection site. To ensure that the stent is functioning properly, the patient will be frequently assessed for symptoms that indicate the recurrence of biliary stricture. These symptoms include changes in stool or urine color, jaundice (yellowing of the skin), itching, and abnormal liver function tests .


Complications associated with ERCP include excessive bleeding, infection, pancreatitis, cholangitis (inflammation of the bile ducts), cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder), and injury to the intestine. PTC may result in bleeding, infection of the injection site, sepsis (spread of infection to the blood), or leakage of the dye into the abdomen. Complications specific to the stent include migration (movement of the stent out of the area in which it was placed), occlusion (blockage), and intestinal perforation.

Normal results

In more than 90% of patients, the placement of a biliary stent relieves the obstruction and allows the bile duct to drain properly.

Morbidity and mortality rates

The rate of serious complications with ERCP is approximately 11%, and 5–10% with PTC. Stent occlusion occurs in up to 25% of patients, and stent migration in up to 6%. Recurrence of biliary stricture occurs in 15–45% of patients after an average time of four to nine years.


The major alternative to biliary stenting is surgical repair of the stricture. The most common method is resection (removal) of the narrowed area followed by the creation of a connection between the bile duct and the middle portion of the small intestine (called a choledochojejunostomy) or the hepatic duct and the small intestine (called a hepaticojejunostomy). Surgical stricture repair results in a cure for 85–98% of patients and is associated with a low risk of complications.



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American Gastroenterological Association. 7910 Woodmont Ave., 7th Floor, Bethesda, MD 20814. (301) 654–2055. .

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 1520 Kensington Rd., Suite 202, Oak Brook, IL 60523. (630) 573–0600. .

Society of Interventional Radiology. 10201 Lee Highway, Suite 500, Fairfax, VA 22030. (800) 488–7284. .


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Stephanie Dionne Sherk


Biliary stenting is usually performed in the xray department of a hospital or outpatient facility in consultation with a general surgeon, a gastroenterologist (a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive system), and/or an interventional radiologist (a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of medical disorders using specialized imaging techniques).


User Contributions:

Flora Chishaka
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Jul 26, 2007 @ 3:03 am
Doctors are saying i have pancreatic cancer and yet wnen i went through their notes the results of a biospy done read:

Pancrease head - normal fine
tail - normal
What could it be, they said it has already spread and they cannot help me anymore. They said so surgery or chemotherapy can help and i should get peace with my relatives as i dont have long to live. This was done at a Hospital South Africa. I am Zimbabwean
Joyce Caldwell
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Feb 24, 2009 @ 6:18 pm
On 12/26/08 I had ERCP with a stint placed in my bile duct because of gallstones. On 12/30/08 I had my gallbladder removed and within 15 days went back to have the stint removed but it had moved into my intestines. I have been having weekly x-rays and the stint has not moved. I ask my family physician today (2/24/09) if this can cause infection or a blockage and he told me no. Ten years ago I had 4 surgeries and my intestines and colon have been restructered. This has complicated the viewing of the stint due to clamps in my intestine. Have you ever heard of a case like mine, and if so, what was the outcome?
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Jul 7, 2009 @ 3:15 pm
I am a 69 year old female who was found to have ovarian cancer
40 yrs ago. Now they have discovered a small tumor that is pressing on my bile ducts also a type of ovarian cancer.

They want to put a stent in my bile duct, to help the slight
jaundice I have., and possibly treat me with chemo. What do you think.
Mumtaz Qureshi
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Jul 29, 2009 @ 3:03 am
My father (80 yrs old)diagnose with obstruction in bileduct.plastic stent was place through ERCP.After three month operation was perform and bile duct cancer was diagnose.Then in consultation with surgeon ,metalic stent was inserted and patient start recovering and become in good health which remain for about five months.Now again in his LFT test it is found that stent/bile duct is once again block.
Please what will be the next step.As doctor told us that metallic stent is last for life and would not block.Anyhow can this stent be reopen or new it require new stent or any other treatment will require??????
Luz Molina
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Aug 10, 2009 @ 9:09 am
bile topic ptc stenting, ercp and reason/ purpose of the procedure. read more on other reference.
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Aug 23, 2009 @ 11:11 am
My dad, who is 74 years old, has been diagnosed to have intrahepatic cholengiocarcinoma mainly in segment 4 with extention to the segments 3 and 8, and infiltration of the right portal vein at the porta hepatis. It measures 6x7x7 cm. there is no regional lymphadenopathy, no ascites. this was done through CT Scan. He has also consulted the hepatic specialist and surgeon and they said there is nothing they can do for my dad. They said he can't be operated and there is no medication, not even chemotherapy. The surgeon did mention about the biliary stent but she said it's not necesary now as my dad has not develope jaundice. I will see the surgeon tomorrow to get back the results to seek second opinion. Can anyone help?We are in Malaysia
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Oct 9, 2009 @ 2:14 pm
How long a stent last in a bile duct? and often have to be check after it is place?
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Dec 23, 2009 @ 10:10 am
I had gall bladder surgery and a stent was placed in my liver at that time. How soon should the stent be removed and could there be any complications from it.
R Bokenfohr
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Jan 13, 2010 @ 4:16 pm
I had a stint put in on Monday and the pain is overwhelming. It feels like something is constantly moving in my upper stomach. Tryed eating some pudding and a toast and the pain after was awful. Is this normal
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Mar 1, 2010 @ 10:22 pm
I recently had my stints taken out of my bile duct, I had my gallbladder taken out 3yrs ago. I have been having alot of pain on my right side, migrains and alot of sharp pains behind my belly botton, should I be concerned.
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Jun 22, 2010 @ 2:14 pm
How long should a stent in the bile duct be kept in and should there be regular check ups.
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Jul 13, 2010 @ 8:08 am
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Jul 14, 2010 @ 11:11 am
I had My gallbladder removed on 6-21-2010. the first 2 days were OK and then the 3rd day I went to er because of pain in my stomach. CAT scan was done and another imaging test. I was told I needed a stent put into the bile duct of my liver. on 6-25-2010 an ERCP was performed and There was almost an instant relief. Although when I eat I have a lot of pain. I feel burning at times, the sensation that I'm being punched from the inside, and I feel the food moving through my stomach. It's been almost 3 weeks. I've been told that the stent needs to be removed after at least 6 weeks. I was told the stent may be the cause of the pain and doctors want to wait and see if once removed, the pain goes away. Does that sound right?
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Jul 15, 2010 @ 1:13 pm
This article is very thorough in it's explanation on stents in ducts.
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Jul 28, 2010 @ 4:16 pm
I am 88 years old -= femal -and after two unsuccessfull ERCP's for the removal of a 9cm gallstone in my bileduct. This was removed at the third ERCP but in doing so my bowel was perforated. During that procedure a stent was put in my bile duct. After a five week stay in hospital following the occurrence during the third ERCP I am now supposed to have the stent removed. Last week the surgeon attempted to remove the stent - by another ERCP- but was unable to do so. I am concerned as to what will be the next procedure I understand it will require yet another ERCP but would like to know what the risks are in doing it or any alternatives. Accordimg to the surgeon the stent must be removed... Can you please advise-Many thanks
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Aug 21, 2010 @ 10:10 am
I recently had a ercp done, and woke up with a bile duct stint, and a pancreatic stint(plastic). My body was trying to reject them for the first 2 weeks. The pain (note while on narcotics for the pain), was unbearable, the contration(like someone was kicking me from the inside-right side-)where short lasting,but diabilitating. I missed 3 weeks of work, and after the 3 months, they are removing them. Is that what is normally done, and how do I know I won't get the narrowing of the ducts again? I hate the thought of going thru this hell!!
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Oct 1, 2010 @ 11:11 am
I, in the past week have had an Endoscopic procedure and a stint put in liver bile duct.
I am still having some abdominal pain ,eyes and skin still have the yellow tint.

My question is how long does it take for the pain and jaundice to go away?
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Oct 5, 2010 @ 6:18 pm
How long can a plastic stent stay in my bile duct?
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Oct 13, 2010 @ 9:21 pm
I recently had an ERCP. I had a stent placed in my common bile duct. I developed acute pancreatitiis and was in the hospital for 5 days. The pain and bloating was almost unbearable. I am now out of the hospital, but I have a lot of epigastric pain that feels like someone is squeezing my upper abdomen inside of their fist. It is worse when I eat anything (non fattening) and it feels like I need to belch or pass gas,but can't. How long will this last? It is very painful and I do not want to get addicted to the pain meds.
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Nov 1, 2010 @ 6:18 pm
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Nov 23, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
My mom had an ERCP on Friday where they made a cut and put a stent in her bile duct. She was left overnight at the hospital due to pain in her abdomen. She was released on Saturday because the pain went away somewhat. Since that shes still has been in pain. Theres times where she has no pain at all but there is times where it hurts pretty bad. She was supposed to have the stent removed tomorrow but after an xray was done it was shown the stent has moved. Today she also ( I think accidentaly) had an ultrasound. Before this she had no pain after the ultrasound and xray she had pretty bad pain. Two Tylenols helped but there is still dicomfort. It is normal for her to have pain like this?? How long will this last for?
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Dec 9, 2010 @ 12:00 am
My dad was diagnosed with obstruction in his bile duct (possibly cholangiocarcinoma) a couple of years back. He had his gall bladder removed back in 2002 and that probably caused it... we also came to know that he has Hepathitis C virus and a badly cirrhated liver.. Initially in January of 2009, they placed a plastic stent.. after a few months, it got blocked.. so they placed another one another april 2009.. it was good for another few months.. In november 09, they placed a metal stent.. he was ok for the most part until july after which he started having issues.. now we have in the hospital again and they are placing plastic stents again.. he's 68 years old now but he has been going down since the original problem was discovered.. Through out this 2 year period, he developed minor infections, jaundice, severe itching, a little pnemonia, mild tuberculosis etc... Though he's able to carry on with his life, it was not normal.. His sodium would drop down and he would not respond properly to us.. his ammonia would shoot up and he would look drowsy.. we are in India and I hope that they have given the right treatment..
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Jan 15, 2011 @ 5:17 pm
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Jan 24, 2011 @ 11:11 am
my mother had a stint placed in her bile duct and was successful she is 87 years old now the doctor wants to remove it with possible placement of another one in the near future. this is very hard on her and do not want to put her through more procedures could we just let it be thank you
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Feb 2, 2011 @ 1:13 pm
I had my gallbladder removed on Jan. 12th and was still in pain so I went back to the doctors office where they set up a day that they would do an ERCP with possible stint placement in my bile duct. I had the ERCP with stint placement later that night at home I started having sever pain. I went to the ER where they said I had Pancreatitis. I stayed in the hospital 6 day and they sent me home. I was wondering when they go back in a few days to remove the stint what is the possibility that I will get Pancreatitis again. Also is it normal to break out in rash and still have abdominal pain after your levels return to normal. Also why after a week can I still not keep foods down.
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Feb 9, 2011 @ 11:11 am
My brother aged 40 is having metastatic adenocarcinoma in the celiac lymph node. is there any possibility to cure this condition? Pls reply.
Petrovic Vesna
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Feb 11, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
My dg is NET with sec. deposits in lung, liver, pancreas and kidneys. Because of obstructive icterus I had ERCP twice without succeed and I got an extra biliary catheter 3 months ago.They plan to redo a stent through mentioned catheter after 3 months of cytostatic therapy. Do you think they will go through catheter or from the mouth which they said it was impossible because of sec deposit. Much obliged, Vesna Petrovic
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Feb 19, 2011 @ 9:21 pm
I had sx for gallbladder removal on 2/15/11 then next day on 2/16/11 they removed stones from bile duct & put in stent.
I have been experiencing a lot of what seems like spasms in that area. (upper right quad) they don't last but a second, but they are very very intense pain. Pain meds do not touch it. Went back to hospital on emergency they said bloodwork & x-ray was ok. What could be causing these awful pains?
Serafin Mabanag
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Mar 29, 2011 @ 4:16 pm
I had a metal stent installed 6-15-10 for a dilated cbd with a dx of adenoca of the distal cbd. the stent was working as expected but now ihave been having pain in the right side of my midabdomen I dont have jaundice. what do you think i should do now?
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May 8, 2011 @ 11:11 am
my husband had a metal stent put in 3/23/11 by an interventional radiologist and we were told it could last for years before needing replacement and now his gastroenterologist is telling us it has to be removed in three months

He cannot tolerate general anesthesia due to lung problems - it is all so confusing - please help
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Jul 8, 2011 @ 6:06 am
I had a stent put in last week because I had a bile leak after my gall bladder surgery. I felt great the first 2 days after the stent and then started having cramping in my stomach and later sharp, stabbing pains in my right abdomin. Like you, my levels were all normal. I just wondered what you found out, or if the pain went away. I feel like they have NO answers for me, just take more pain meds.
Thank you for your time.
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Jul 10, 2011 @ 9:21 pm
had a spinterectomy with ercp had continued pain and had a bilary stent placement and had been having more pain and feels like i had chest pain and am not sure if it is pain from the stent that is normal or it is radiating to chest is this normal? can the stent cause more issues they had placed is because i have spincter of oddi
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Jul 22, 2011 @ 7:19 pm
On 6/24/11 i haqd a stent put in my common bile duct. I had many operations in the past. Now i am having issues/ swelling/pain/cannot eat or drink, without having alot of pain. Now my gastrolist tells me thats normal, but they want to remove the stent after one month. Does anyone out there know anyone with these same issues? If yes can you please help me, i am so afaird.
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Aug 10, 2011 @ 10:10 am
My father has undergone ERCP on 17th July 2011 and though his liver parameters are normal by and large he is still getting fever on and off. What could be the cause. Please advise by e-mail Thanks
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Aug 24, 2011 @ 1:01 am
with the diagnostics i am having Hepatities B Jaundice, in MRCP TEST Mid CBD stricture and gal bladdar stone. In MRCP informed no blockage . doctor suggested for ERCP.
Please advise me for next course of action.
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Sep 24, 2011 @ 11:23 pm
I had this procedure done over 2 years ago. I think I may need this procedure again because I am getting this full feeling in my stomach when I eat food even if it is a little bit. So will make contact with my surgeon and arrange another appointment. I felt good after the procedure and it was much better than the medications that I was on. Has anyone else had the same procedure.
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Oct 1, 2011 @ 2:02 am
My father undergone ERCP on 26th sept. 2011.two days before the ERCP a stent was placed in his bile duct.Now the pain is still on after 6 days of ERCP .The X ray report says that the stent is at right position.What could br the reason for the pain? How long will it take to go? does he need to remove the stent to get relieve from pain?
please reply as soon as possible.
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Oct 15, 2011 @ 3:03 am
I am suffering CBD stricture and gal bladdar stone do external operation and remove gal bladder since last 8years,every six mouth or yearly from last 10 years biliary stenting changing,,my question is treatment do for permanent. or every time biliary changing from last 10 years. please give advice for needful suggetion.

above this i am suffering,DIABITIC,HYPERTENTION,JUNDICE.
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Oct 31, 2011 @ 10:10 am
By having a stint in did you loss your taste buds and how do you get them back? I want too eat something that taste like food not salt/ ickey. I only went in for a simple surg too remove my gallbladder and after a month in the hosp im no better now at all I want too know what too me.
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Nov 4, 2011 @ 12:00 am
Im 24 yrs old.I had my ERCP for CBD stone removal and a 5 cm stent was been placed on gall bladder was been removed due to gall stone on 30th sep.i was been told to remove the stent on 2nd no.When the procedure for stent removal was going i was said that the stent is not seen and it could have been moved out through motion.Is this possible?Will i have any complications in future
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Nov 18, 2011 @ 7:07 am
Its almost a year now and my stent it still with me, any complication?
sumeet kamal
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Dec 12, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
my father,65yrs is suffering from obstructive jaundice (CBD STRICTURE,cancer).stent has been put at that portion.after 3 months :jaundice is cured but sometimes he is suffering from stomachache, gas,constipetion,low bloodpressure.local doctor has prescribed him pan 40,drotin,festal N,horlicks,Eva Q,elixir neogadine,ursodil 300, but still is restless due to what should i do.which diet should i give please suggest
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Dec 20, 2011 @ 6:18 pm
I am 51yrs old. Went in for laparascopic gallbladder removal Nov 4th. Biliary duct was torn during this procedure so open surgery ensued to finish removal of GB and repair of the duct. I am healing up OK, t-tube was removed on Nov 28th. Today I had imaging done for biliary duct. Doctor says there is still swelling at the site and the duct is still leaking a little where tube was removed. He says not to be concerned about leakage but the narrowing of the biliary duct may be a problem. I feel fine, not at all sick or jaundiced like before the removal. He says I could wait for a few weeks and do more imaging to see if the condition has improved (or) go see a gastroenterologist for further evaluation. Not sure what to do, is there any danger in waiting. Sounds like there are lots of risks having these stints placed w/ERCP.
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Jan 19, 2012 @ 8:20 pm
I had an ERCP procedure on Nov 16,2011,after having severe pain for 1 1/2 years..This was the second ERCP that I have had..The first one was 4 years ago and they had discovered that I have Pancreas Divisium and now have Chronic Pancreatitis,but it is not from alcohol,since I don't drink..The second ERCP,I had 3 extra large stints put in my biliary duct because of blockage.I have been having very severe and dibilatating pain since the surgery,and had to go to our local ER..They did xrays and the result was that my body is rejecting the stints.Now I was told by the Dr.that I have to have the stints removed asap..I am afraid that I have some major damage done,because I have been on very strong medication for almost 3 months..I am worried that I have Cancer and I am scared..It sounds like stints are either metal or plastic,What if there is infection because of this..Can someone tell me if this is normal?
Stones with no gallbladder
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Feb 24, 2012 @ 2:14 pm
I had my gallbladder removed Jan 2011.I had alot of pain like i had stones in march 2011.An ERCP was done Several stones were found.Again in June severe pain followed by an ERCP several more stones were found.Fast forward Feb 2012 severe pain again, another ERCP several stones again. This time the doctor put a stent in the bile duct 3 days later just had another less severe stone attack.Where are these stones coming from? One surgery and 3 ERCPs later and atleast one more to remove the stent.Any advice because my doctor seems to have none.
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Apr 16, 2012 @ 9:09 am
I would be interested in knowing what type of anesthesia is ususally used for performance of ERCP on an adult patient. How effective is it. Doers the patient need t be awake to gag on the endoscope tube and to feel the procedures being performed in the abdomen?
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May 15, 2012 @ 4:04 am
Missing Stent.
I recently had an ERCP. I had a stent placed in my common bile duct during last year Christmas Eve and was told by the doctor to return to remove it on 29 January 2012 but I start feeling pain on New Eve and was admitted but the doctor told me the pain is not due to the stent is should be the food I ate and I was discharge. Subsequently I was admitted again on 22 January 2012 due serious abdominal pain. This time the doctor discover that the stent had given way and they need to do the CT scan, x ray & ultra sound to find it. The doctor that perform the ERCP on 25 January 2012 manage to take out the stone from my liver but he told me he can't reach out for the stent and I was told by him that he may have to cut me to take it out. On 26 January 2012 4am they send me to take a x ray to confirm the stent where about but can't find the stent and the doctor told that the stent would have pass out. I'm ready concern can the stent be pass out?
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Jul 31, 2012 @ 7:07 am
my son is only 23 and has 2 stints put in within 6 months he still hurting and where his liver is it feels hard as a rock,i really need to talk to someone who is going through the same thing maybe they can tell me things to help my son,ive been to a few docters and there dumb to this,they cant tell me whats going on and they cant direct me in the way to go,im confused and im cried out,
Adnan Ahmed
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Aug 6, 2012 @ 6:18 pm
My father has bile duct cancer and has had a stent put in about 6 months ago, recently he has been in alot of pain and also has constipation... Is there any connections between the two?
Also us there anyone who has had a similar experience...
Any help would be appreciated...
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Aug 15, 2012 @ 4:16 pm
I had my gall bladder removed 7/23/12. Stayed in hospital two days after surgery. After getting home I started feeling better. Four days after coming home I started running a high fever and was sick on my stomach. Went back to er and found out that my bile duct was leaking so had to have a t-tube put in which was very painful. The next day they put a stent in and told me I had to have it removed in 8 weeks. I dont have insurance and they need a good amount of money before they will remove it and I just dont have that kind of money. I was just wondering if it will hurt me if I dont have it removed? Thank You!
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Aug 16, 2012 @ 8:20 pm
In 2009, I started getting very sharp abdominal pain and it became severe after eating. I would vommit after every meal, and still do to this day. I was in terrible pain, and it went all the way through the middle of my back. I had several scopes done, and then in December of 2009, they did a E.R.C.P. A mass was found on my pancreatic duct, and a stent put in. The pain didn't get better, but worse. I had gone from 200lbs, down to 120lbs in a matter of a month. They did another ERCP and a pain block on the nerves from my pancreas. Again, my duct was blocked and a secon stent placed in the pancreatic duct. Again, this did not help at all. After a ultra sound on my gallbladder and liver, they said my gallbladder had failed, and my liver was in a shape they had never seen before. They also put in a feading tube, but I was allergic to the formula. The area around the tube became infected, and removed. This is all in the matter of 6 months. My family doctor tried to get me in to the Mayo clinic, but my insurance didnt cover that. I tried to fight through the pain, and return to work in Janruary of 2011, but after 3 hours, was in so much pain that I had to go to the ER. I was admitted for 14 days on heavy pain medication, and a pik line put in my arm so they could get me nutrition. The pik line actuall caused fat to build up in my blood, and they quickly removed it, and discharged me with no instructions. I lost my job, and insurance in February of 2011, and just recently went to a free clinic for help. I have been told numerous times that it sounded like pancreatic cancer, but they can't find it. Anyone else been through this or currently going through this? I'm ready to kill myself because of the pain.
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Sep 29, 2012 @ 2:14 pm
Had ERCP in 2011, stone removed, stent fitted. Cholecsytectomy in March 2012. June 2012, suffered cholangitis, had 2nd ERCP, more stones and old stent removed, wire cannulation of CBD. Concluded ERCP before completion due to discomfort and intolerance of procedure. 3rd ERCP in September 2012, removed 7 stones. 2 days later, passed wire CBD stent in stool.

Presumably it was felt I needed this stent, so guessing a replacement will be suggested via a 4th ERCP. Should I request surgical correction? After all, knowing that I passed 1 stent, what would prevent it happening again?
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Oct 2, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
I am a 50 year old woman,this year alone I have had 5 ERCP's done. A partner working with my gastro doctor put in a plastic stent in my main bile duct but pushed it too far in,so the next ERCP a metal stent was put in,then taken out.With the 2 other ERCP's I ended up with pancreatitis,I also had sludge formation,despite having had my Gallblader removed almost 2 years ago.After another ERCP,stones,sludge,& a bezoar was found plus another metal stent was put in.Before the final ERCP was done in June,I told my doctor that I wanted the metal stent out then he told me it is embedded in my main bile doctor.I am livid at this point.Metal stents are mainly used for benign or malignant tumors.I also have pyloric stenosis,but nothing has been tried to stop that from happening. I was never told the metal stents were going to be used,nor was I ever told what was found with ERCP.I am now seeing a surgeon to find out what can be done,due to GERD and ulcers,and to hopefully fix the mess that has been done.Unfortunately with the metal stent that limits what type of surgery can be done.All come with a risk.I have been told the problems I have will shorten my life.I also have chronic pain in RUQ as well in my stomach.All I want is to have my surgeon find out what will be the best fix,because he's not sure what to do for me.
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Oct 19, 2012 @ 6:06 am
I am 54 i had an Mri scan which showed that i had 6 gallstones in my bile duct after suffering
a whole week of unbearable pain and vomiting after food i ate,i had the op they took the stones out
and put a stent in the duct to stop more stone going in I have to go back to have my gallbladder out
within the next 3 months and then 2 weeks after i have to go back in to have another op to
remove the stent from my bile duck but my question is should i still have discomfort pain in the tummy
and how long will it last for ? I had this done 2 days ago i came home with no pain killers or antibiotics
but was told i nnly get them if i was actually cut inside and what pain killers would u suggest to take ?
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Nov 12, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
My Mother is 90 years old had a blockage in bile duct - a stent was put in on 10-24-12. She is not doing good after the procedure but was told she would have to return to the hospital on 12-14-12 to have the stent removed. My question is: is it necessary to remove the stent? Her family does not think she can live through another procedure. She is worried so much about it she can not recover from the first procedure. Thanks in advance for your answer.
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Dec 1, 2012 @ 10:10 am
How much pain should there be after having CBD stone removed and stent put in place. Feels like spasms. Is this normal?
Paritosh saha
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Jan 1, 2013 @ 6:06 am
1.After Biliary stenting the stent which we placed at CBD,can we leave it for life long..??
2.During stenting how stones are remove..??

Paritosh Saha
B.A.M.S Student
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Jan 3, 2013 @ 4:16 pm
Gallbladder surgery in Dec 2011 during surgery Common Bile Duct was accidentally cut which cause me to go into septic shock and caused some organs to start shutting down... Had to have 2 Bilary tubes installed (which was horrible) however, they were removed about 3 months later. To make a story short; scar tissue caused my bile duct to narrow to where the bile could not flow through properly causing me to turn yellow; was admitted to hospital due to Bilirubin being at 9.9, surgeons advised ANOTHER tube would be necessary. Tube was done (again horrible) and a drainage bag was applied to the tube for some of the bile to drain from... I was wondering 1) how long is the tubes normally required 2) can this tube cause a huge decrease in energy/appetite 3) what are the percentage rates of these tubes being successful (to avoid surgery). Thank you for your time and attention, I look forward to hearing from someone.
peter murphy
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Feb 12, 2013 @ 2:14 pm
my mother 77 years old had her gall bladder removed six months ago. there were complications and had to have a stent put into the bile duct ,she has been fine since but now has to go back for the stent to be removed.
why can't the stent remain in if there's no problem.
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Feb 20, 2013 @ 3:03 am
All stents have to be removed within 8 weeks. Im not sure why patients are not being avisd about the stents. If plastic stents are not removed and replaced with new ones you can get hepatitis.. Metal stents should only be usd for cancer patients.
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Mar 1, 2013 @ 5:05 am
i had my gaulbladder taken out last year,i had no gaul stones but was in severe pain i was in and out of hospital they should have never let me come home.I had a stent put in and after being drained of bile,which i was very ill i have been through it.I am going into hospital again next week as am having stent taken out,am not looking forward to this at all i know any type of surgery is risky but what i have been through i do worry so.We have raised many questions about what happened to me,i should have never been sent home and had scans much earlier than i did,maybe then i wouldnt have had to spend two weeks in hospital it all comes down to money i just hope i get sorted and will be alright.
Wayne Titus
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Mar 18, 2013 @ 8:20 pm
My mother has pancreatic cancer.She has jaundice.Would a stent help this ?
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Apr 25, 2013 @ 11:11 am
Mum is 82 and has just had a pigtail catheter placed in CBD.should she still have pain 3 days on?
Rose Ann Nuesse
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May 20, 2013 @ 8:20 pm
I am 68 had a stent put in by a Dr. Who did not know what he was doing. He put In a Metallic stent for a terminally ill cancer patient. Which I am not. I had a 4MM gallstone in billary duct.. I have hurt from day one and it is getting worse. Have persued a Dr who is Chief of staff of a well known hospital. That's how I found out it was for a cancer patient so it is not suppose to come out because they usually die than there is know need to take them out. I'm now starting to have back pains.. I just wonder if other people have had this problem and what have they done?
Rose Ann Nuesse
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May 20, 2013 @ 8:20 pm
I just read that plastic stents must be out in 8 weeks and any kind of metal stents or for cancer patient only.
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Jun 5, 2013 @ 2:02 am
62 year old female visited emergency with severe uncontrollable itching and jaundice. Prior two weeks; mild vomiting, slight headache, loss of weight, fatigue and unbearable itching. Doctor did blood test, bilirubin at 14.6. CT scan and ultra sound showed 6 cm mass in tumor pressing against bile ducts. Stent inserted and bile began to drain. Iodine scan of lower extremities. Patient to undergo cat scan guided needle biopsy. Patient is in abdominal pain, especially after eating and also sitting up. Hopeful that pain will stop soon. May be because of stent recently inserted. Will keep you posted with outcome. Prayers are with you all. Write to me!
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Jul 8, 2013 @ 11:11 am
I had a plastic biliary stent placed in my hepatic duct to my duodenum.June 14. Two weeks later the stent was evacuated in my stool. Is this the normal way that stints are removed from the body?
grace howard
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Jul 21, 2013 @ 7:19 pm
I, in the past week have had an Endoscopic procedure and a stint put in liver bile duct.
I am still having some abdominal pain ,eyes and skin still have the yellow tint.

My question is how long does it take for the pain and jaundice to go away?
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Aug 10, 2013 @ 4:16 pm
i am a 51 year old woman. had gallbladder removed 5 years ago- after one week i felt good. then sever pain and vomiting of bile sent me to the hospital- i has slight elevation of liver enzymes, had ERCP which showed bile duct was very dialated. had stent put in, sphincter of oddi repair. over about a year after could still hardly eat without lots of pain as well as spasms of my bile duct. finally this subsided and my eating returned to fairly normal. since this, ive had a few episodes where i have gotten this same pain, vomiting of gallons of bile- but so far all of my blood tests look normal, yet, i am SO SICK! i wish my bllod test would show the elevations needed to do another ERCP- as maybe then they could correctly diagnose my problem. doc says possible pancreatic or bile duct scarring down, but says he cannott go in for the ERCP until the blood tests support it. my body has never been quick to show whats going on with lab tests- in the so sick - and i need help. has anyone ever had similar experiences with slow showing lab tests? please reply- thank you.
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Aug 20, 2013 @ 11:11 am
my husbsnd had a stent put in so gallstones could pass through. how long can this stint stay in the stomach?
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Sep 4, 2013 @ 8:20 pm
I have had two liver transplants. After the second I developed a biliary stricture. It was dilated via ballooning and PTC. 4 years later I was having bouts of cholangitis again so they reballooned. After less than a year, cholangitis is back. It makes me so sick but they are not willing to put in a stent and was wondering if anyone knows why. I think a stent is the obvious solution at this point. I'm only 30 and feel like I have no life- I can't make plans in case I suddenly get sick etc...
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Oct 20, 2013 @ 12:12 pm
I have had five ERCP's. On the fifth a stent was inserted.

The doctors are now saying that ai should have my bile duct rerouted to my small intestine, surgically.

Is this the wisest thing to do? I have no gallblader.

Since having the stent put in I have frequent diahrhea.

I am a 74 year old female who was in good health prior to this.
Shahid Uddin Ahmed Shams
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Oct 27, 2013 @ 7:07 am
How long a biliary stent can be left without removal or how soon it should be taken out?
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Jan 10, 2014 @ 4:04 am
How long a stent last in a bile duct? or how soon it should be taken out.
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Mar 1, 2014 @ 7:19 pm
how long can metal biliary stents stay in the common bile duct?
how long can the plastic biliary stents stay in the common bile duct?
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Mar 4, 2014 @ 8:20 pm
Had gallbladder removed; was informed there was a extra flap connecting to my gallbladder that was not removed when it was taken out; therefor it punctured, and caused a bile leak. After the worst pain of my life, a ERCP was mentioned; however due to airway complications it could not be preformed. A minor procedure was done (which was aweful) to insert tubing that connected to an external drain bag to collect the bile. I wore it/cleaned it for a few weeks; then had the external bag removed but, the port and internal tubing remains. I am set to have a PTC at the end of the month and do not know what to expect pain wise. Has anyone had a similar experience? I can not be sedated for any of it, as I had my gallbladder out; and they have informed me you can't give to much anesthesia in short periods of time. I will need to be awake with a local anesthesia which is what they did when they placed the tubing. They said it would be a little uncomftorable. At that time, due to damage of the bile leaking through my body; I was on a morphine pain pump. Throughout the procedure I hit the pump the whole time. I am interested if someone else has a similar story, and what to expect for the PTC as in pain??
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Apr 29, 2014 @ 6:06 am
my father have cbd cut off during surgery and then had anastomoz surgery . after 3 moth bile duct blocked and by interventional radiology metal stent has beeb inserted. now after 10 month stent blocked and dr suggest surgery, is there anyway that by interventional radiology stent extract or is there any drug that can solvent metal stent? please
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May 30, 2014 @ 10:10 am
My 68 year old mother had a Liver Transplant approx 6 weeks ago she was on the urgent list as she was critically ill.

She returned to the hospital after picking up a virus and also to be told her bile duct was a leaking and after being given a bag to drain away the fluid had a small procedure to have a stent placed in her body.She is very very weak and and fluid still collects in the bags 8 days after the stent being placed ..Please , she would like to know if this should still be happening ?
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Aug 22, 2014 @ 1:01 am
My father is about 83 years old. A plastic stent was placed in his cbd on 30-07-2012. It was functioning properly but was replaced after 15 months with another plastic stent. How long can a plastic stent be allowed to stay in cbd?
Norman Elliott
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Aug 25, 2014 @ 10:10 am
My Husband is 81 years old and had his gallbladder out June the 4th 2014 after having a gall stone removed from the duct May 14th 2014. Returned to hospital on the 15th of July. He was having chills and fever over 100 temp. They went back into the duct and removed the infection and cleaned duct and replaced stent. Back to hospital on August 20 with pain, and yellow skin and very dark urine. They went again Aug. 21. 2014 into the duct and put in a larger stent and there was no infection. They told us that the stent has to be removed in two to three months or sooner if he has a problem. Is this a normal procedure? How many times do we have to replace the stints? Thank you, for your help. Norm
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Oct 2, 2014 @ 4:16 pm
What foods,if any, should be avoided after a bile duct stent was inserted because of a blockage, which may be cancerous
dr alamzeb
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Oct 3, 2014 @ 10:10 am
my father, 63 yrs old developed fever and jaundice. one day he suffered severe abdominal pain. on investigation cholangitis was diagnosed because of de-novo common bile duct stone. then he developed sepsis and severe chest infection. ERCP was done to insert a stent in the cbd. general condition improved and the liver profile improved but not completely normal. few days back (one month after the previous procedure)stent was removed but the Liver profile is still deranged ,even worse and there is fever. what should be done next?
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Oct 9, 2014 @ 4:16 pm
hello i am 49 yers old i have a common bile duct sticture when i had my gall bladder removed in 2010 almost died with 2 infections but that past now to make along, long story short i have had my metal stent in now since 2011 the plastic ones didn't work so the dr. decided to put a metal one in so i wouldn't have to keep having a new one in every 4 months i thought i wouldn't be able to work anymore i do hard manual work and it's really hard at times i was just wanting to ask anyone to see how long the metal stent can stay in before problems occur? i'm starting to have alot more and different pain now also i have pacreeitius due to all the ERCP'S i had, do i need to get another opinion or go back to the same dr.? he said iwouldn't have to get it removed and one other dr. told me yes i do. been going to pain management for 4 years now. thanks for any help
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Nov 14, 2014 @ 12:00 am
Bile Duct Stent Removal

Hi I am a 53 year old lady - can anyone tell me how long a metal stent can remain in the bile duct?
Mine has been in for 5 month. I had a complex gallbladder removal and a perforated bile duct that was stitched up. I have varices and had an internal bleed. I am due to have it removed in a couple of weeks and am really scared in case something goes wrong. I have already suffered acute Pancreatitis from an ERCP.
Many Thanks for replies.
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Nov 17, 2014 @ 7:07 am
I went in 3 days ago to get my gallbladder removed since I have been in pain since July. 4 months. During the procedure I had a ERCP and it shoed a narrowing at the end of the common bile duct at the opening of the pancreas. The only symptom I have is weight loss. After the gallbladder removal I feel great. Can seem to eat anything. I am going in for a MCRP this week. Is this a condition that can just require a stent or do I necessarily have cancer? All blood work is normal. This is causing me great anxiety so if you could give me an answer I would be very grateful!
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Nov 22, 2014 @ 11:23 pm
For those with biliary stricture or leak post gall bladder removal, metal stents are fine. However, they should not be left in for more than 4 to 6 months depending on the level of stricture. After that, they usually cause problems and can be difficult to remove. They are much less likely to get blocked than the plastic ones and the self expansion will greatly increase the chance of remaining stent free after their removal. There seems to be a lot of mis information that has been provided to patients and family. It is important to distinguish between cancer patients and benign issues. I have had 7 ERCPs and five sets of stents. It is important to use a surgeon that is regularly or exclusively performing ERCP.
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Jan 21, 2015 @ 1:13 pm
I had my gallbladder removed 11/23 they discharged me 11/24 went home & had the most horrendous pain that I have ever felt go back to the er 11/25, Went from ER to OR. Bile was filling my stomach so they had to do an endoscopic stent (metal)placement in my pancreas. All that went ok. Went to get the stent removed 1/20 & it was gone! They couldn't find it!Where did it go? I have been losing weight, & reading a lot of horror stories on the web. I am freaking out. Can anyone help me understand what to place? The doctor feed a generic pre-programed line. But Im still in bewilderment. Please if you've experienced this or knows someone who has, or if you have medical knowledge of gastro and/or endoscopy please respond thank you.
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Jan 26, 2015 @ 10:10 am
I had ERCP+stent five days ago. I have a constant pain in my right side of my stomach, also jabbering(sharping) pain sometimes.

my jaundice is going well but I'm tired of pain. before ERCP+stent I had 21 chemotherapy, I have pancreatic cancer.

Is the pain normal or I should be worried?
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Feb 8, 2015 @ 6:18 pm
In March I have to get a stent that was put in removed and until then I was wondering if it would be OK to socially drink a few beers would it be OK (safe)
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Feb 16, 2015 @ 9:21 pm
my father is 40 year old and he had gall bladder surgery doctor suggested him ERCP on 17/01/15 and doctor again calling on 19/02/15 to remove the biliary stent...I want to know is that any problem to remove thier stent ? pleas tell me sir...
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Feb 25, 2015 @ 6:06 am
My 86 yr old mother had a 1 or 2 ERCP done after removing her gallbadder. She could not speak due to previous stroke 8 yrs ago. But she never really recovered from this procedure. It was a hard 6 month battle for her. Pain, vomiting, jaundice. Most of her time was spent in rehab but I believe her doctor should of been observing her more then his once a month visit (state required only 1 visit/mo for rehab patients).
From all these posts I believe this ERCP procedure is risky and have heard of warning of these devices being contaminated and causing possible infections in patients. My mother passed away 1 day after her 87 bday. My family will be persuading any legal recourse we have available to us. The FDA has now admitted that these devices may have design flaws that do not allow the scope to be sanitized effectively and as a result can cause a serious infection in patients who undergo an ERCP. We all are guinea pigs in the eye of the medical industry.
Goggle "FDA ERCP" and get educated.
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Mar 6, 2015 @ 7:07 am
Hi I am wondering about my mum, she had severe pain after dinner one night and was sick the pain eased a little but she kept getting heartburn aftern a week she developed jaundice of the eyes and skin and severely itchy, she had to have urine test and bloods and they sent her to hosp to be admitted she has been in there three weeks now on fluids and antibiotics, last week she has had a bilery cathertar put into the liver into bile duct and had a metal stent put it after a few days it has started to clear her jaundice but the family were asked to go in as her scans weren't clear and the doc said her pancreatus was inflamed, and gallbladder swollen she has gallstones but they aren't bothered about the stones ATM, as they think it might be cancer that is causing the bile ducts to narrow but they can't tell for sure until biopsy is done after jaundice is away he also said it might not be cancer it might be something else but if it was cancer it could be blood cancer or lymph node cancer so they are wanting to take her to have an internal drain put into the liver. Has anyone been in this situation I'm worried sick about it as a month ago she was absolutely fine and her normal self any help would be grateful thank you.
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Mar 20, 2015 @ 1:13 pm
Hi my father is geting treated in tata cancer memorial hospital. Doctor has said they have to do stenting to remove jaundice from body.and he is on last stage of cancer. Can some body sugest me or guide me.
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Mar 23, 2015 @ 9:09 am
how long does it take to reduce obstructive jaundice after doing ERCP?my father is supposed to undergo Whipple's operation after reducing jaundice?he has perampullary growth suspicious of being malignant.he is diabetic and hypertensive
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Mar 26, 2015 @ 5:05 am
I had my gallbladder removed 2 weeks ago and had bile leakage which was fixed by putting stent in common bile duct from now on I am having sleepless night due to sever pain in upper abdomen what is cause ? is any have any idea
Nobert Mukupa
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Mar 27, 2015 @ 2:14 pm
My name is Nobert Mukupa, I have a Grandmother aged 82yrs and she was being investigated for obstruction of Jaundice, secondary to Gall bladder stone in the vatin ampulla. She has been referred for ERCP + Sphincterotomy procedure. This procedure is not found in all our hospitals here in Zambia. Kindly help me to know how much this procedure cost in total.
Maria Mett
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May 30, 2015 @ 9:09 am
My brother in-law is 48 yrs. old. He had two biliary drainage catheters put in a week ago to relieve his high bilirrubin. He was responding well to the chemo for his liver ca. but his stents needed to be changed and the dr.'s waited too long to address this (he lives in colombia).He has been told by the interventional radiologists that there's nothing to do while his oncologist says the contrary. How long is it safe to have these catheters? Can someone live withe these external catheters in place? Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
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Jun 13, 2015 @ 3:15 pm
Hi I went into hospital to have bile duct stents removed and they couldn't find them are they able to come out on there own and for me to pass them in my stools I am really worried about this any advice is appreciated plz many thanks
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Aug 10, 2015 @ 3:03 am
My father had CBD obstruction due to stones,slipped from Gall Bladder.He went for ERCP with plastic stent.But not stones could be removed.4 weeks later he went for another ERCP with plastic stent placement.Still one stone 9 mm in size was left in Common bile duct.Now doctors planned for laproscopic cholecystectomy.He was operated but laproscopically but GB couldnot be removed.Then open surgery was done and they even inscized CBD to remove 9 mm stone.For last 2 weeks my father is in hospital recovering from post surgery wound infection.Surgeons are trying their best.My father had plastic stent 2 months back CBD surgey.Can anybody help me with information when can he get stent removed as surgery was done only 2 weeks back and stent is 2 months old.
Manoj Sharma
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Oct 6, 2015 @ 8:08 am
My Mother she had twice ERCP and placed 2 stent and after about 4 months she is having sever pain and she was having gall stone abt 10 mm that needs to be removed so please advice me? How to proceed further remove stent or go for gall stone removal by laproscopic or open surgery I am really confused ???
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Nov 2, 2015 @ 1:13 pm
Hello. I recently had an ERCP to remove the biliary duct stent and have a question. But instead of asking that question, I first would like to know where to find the answers to the many posts above that have questions that I too would like answered. I don't know where any of the answers are. Can you help me to find out where these answers may be? Thank you.
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Nov 6, 2015 @ 5:17 pm
My nana went into cramlington hospital for a ERCP procedure to remove stones however at some point during the procedure they perforated her bowel, they sent her home the same day even though she was 86 year old and had told my dad they struggled to remove a few stones as they were large and were lodged. She was having servere pain the next day so we rang the hospital up but were told to give her something to eat and drink and make sure she was having pain relief however my mam was worried so rang an ambulance and got her back in hospital unfortunately she deteriorated over night and passed away were all devastated!
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Dec 8, 2015 @ 11:23 pm
My sister 31 yrs she had gallstone problem in month of june ERCP done 03 stones are removed and stent is paced in bile duct. After in month of august gall blader surgery done and it is removed and every thing is normal but as per doctor advice the stent should be removed in next 03 -04 month and in month of November the stent is removed after one week she had got abdemon pain and vomiting she became week and she is admitted In hospital after sonography and CT Scan of abdomen done and report shows that there is infection in stomach and fluid collection in pancreas
so kindly please suggest me that it is serious problem or not.
thankyou for giving your precious time
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Dec 29, 2015 @ 5:17 pm
had slow bile leak for over 10 years, i am a disable veterans, had had operation in 2000, find out that metal clips had drop off in the year 2002, as of now i have had many other medical problems that i know was because of the bile leak, in the year 2011 i was in icu, i was given a lot of antibiotics in my iv. i have been on death row for the last 15years, the detroit va is trying to cover it up. i need to let the world know how heartless, and uncaring about us, don't get me wrong their are some good worker their also. i need some help, i have got a letter from senator peters about this case, i believe he will get to the truth, this is unbelievable,
ann murphy
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Jan 25, 2016 @ 3:15 pm
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Feb 19, 2016 @ 9:09 am
Is it normal to feel discomfort in you stomach in the area of your bile ducts after an ERCP with bile duct Stent placement that will come out in 3 months?
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Apr 6, 2016 @ 5:05 am
Just want to say that I have pancreatic cancer - tumour in head of pancrease - had jaundice - specialist inserted metal stent into bile duct in 2014. This has saved my life. I have had chemotherapy with drip (gemcitabine) and now on Xeloda tabs. Thankfully, no side effects. Have experienced pain if over-eat. Need to eat small amounts. Drink lots of water (8 glasses a day) I also juice fruit with yoghurt and juice green veggies with beetroot apple ginger etc. This helps also Vit B injections. I am 67 years old and it is now 18 months and I have pain now and again and I take a normal pain killer, pain goes away. My tumour is now stable and hasnt spread. Lots of prayer has helped me.
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Apr 30, 2016 @ 11:23 pm
My husband just had an ERCP and a plastic stent inserted. Three days ago, we were told this is a temporary measure to relieve his jaundice and to have an endoscopic ultrasound done as the prognosis is that he has a pancreatic tumor. How long does a plastic stent generally last? We are trying to get an appointment with another gastroenterologist; however it appears his jaundice may be returning.
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Jun 16, 2016 @ 7:07 am
Hello doctor, I am having chronic idiopathic pancreatitis for 5 yrs. I usually admitted in hospital more than 10 time in a year. So,my doctors fixed metallic stent in my pancreas duct for reducing attacks.even I having several attacks after stenting also started calcification in pancreas head but doctor posted removal of stenting after 6monts.Please guide us. Is stenting only reason for producing calcifications in pancreas? How to stop recurrent attacks? How to cure this calcifications in pancreas head and how to stop spreading calcifications in other side of pancreas? And is any cure for chronic pancreatitis
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Jun 16, 2016 @ 7:07 am
Hello doctor, my age is 26 iam having chronic idiopathic pancreatitis for 5 yrs. I usually admitted in hospital more than 10 time in a year. So,my doctors fixed metallic stent in my pancreas duct for reducing attacks.even I having several attacks after stenting also started calcification in pancreas head but doctor posted removal of stenting after 6monts.Please guide us. Is stenting only reason for producing calcifications in pancreas? How to stop recurrent attacks? How to cure this calcifications in pancreas head and how to stop spreading calcifications in other side of pancreas? And is any cure for chronic pancreatitis
Rick Beardslee
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Jun 17, 2016 @ 1:13 pm
My 72 year old wife had a gallbladder removal with endoscope March 12th and a stone removal and stent put in the next day by a different Dr. She took urosidiol for three months to soften the remaining stone. The stent and the stone was removed June 13th. She had pain after the stent was put in and during the time after . continues to have pain on a level of 0 to 10 being about a 5. We have our own thoughts of why this is , but would like to hear from another source. We would like to hear any input you might have . Thanks for reading this
sonya thomas
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Jul 19, 2016 @ 12:12 pm
3 years ago i had a stone in my bile duct ,just right after the spincter of oddi, the stone was to big to take out by laprascopic surgery, so it was done the old way cutting me open, takeing the stone out and a titanium stent put in,
Now latly i am having a hard time pooping, i have to take a laxitive, and the other day the first part was white and the rest was watery, and a lot i went to the toilet 5-7 times that day, i have had some pain when it gets like that and a little bit of blood
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Jul 21, 2016 @ 12:00 am
How long the plastic stent inserted is bile duct before it can be removed? And if not remove what would be the risk?
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Aug 21, 2016 @ 10:10 am
Where are the answers to all the above questions please? I don't want to ask my question unless there is an answer forum as well. Please advise.
Darlene moore
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Sep 5, 2016 @ 11:11 am
I have 2 plastic stints bile duct & pancreas inserted on 7/11/16. Recheck on 9/26/16.
Doing fine, now having a funny noise in stomach & slight discomfort top left side of stomach!! Has a stint come loose & how would I know ??
Shah aziz ghawsi
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Sep 8, 2016 @ 1:01 am
It is the second time that doctor replaced stent in my mother CBD after gallbladder removal. But after second stent placement CBD again dilated 21 mm need your advice
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Sep 23, 2016 @ 2:14 pm
Love some help, my gallbladder perforated and the stones spilled, 4 hour op and a drain inserted.
Few days later an endoscopy carried out and a stent inserted.
I'm home now one week, drain pipe removed and a bag stuck on.
Now I'm feeling terrible pain in the abdomen like if I were to stretch it would cause damage, I feel quite vulnerable, is this the stent causing this ? If so when it's removed in a few weeks will that pain go. Any advice
Rebecca Wieder
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Sep 28, 2016 @ 4:16 pm
I had my gallbladder taken out in 2015..everything went fine until around the middle of September of 2016. I started having pains (as if i had kidney stones). I had high fever, high blood pressure (because of extreme pain)...urine, blood and CT Scans were all normal. They come to the conclusion I had Renal Colic (undisclosed matter in my urinary tract)...Three weeks had passed and still in pain. My Primary Dr said my bile duct (near where my gallbladder used to be) was infected and inflammed. I gave myself 5 days for 2 sets of antibiotics to "kick in". On the 5th and 6th day, everytime I ate, I was feeling nauseous. I still had the pain and went to the ER. I was admitted and had a ERCP done on the 4th day. I had a stint placed in the Bile Duct because it was closed. I have to return in 6 weeks to have it removed. The pain is not as extreme as it was but do feel alot better. If anyone goes to ER or Doctor with similar symptoms, have them check the Bile Duct, Gallbladder (if you still have one) and your Pancreas. Even if your tests come back normal. Hope this helps someone who is going through the same thing.
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Oct 1, 2016 @ 7:19 pm
I had a ERCP done on Wednesday they put 2 stynts in my liver bile ducts and in my pancreas They released me from the hospital that day and that evening I had to go back to the ER due to excrutiating pain they told me it was the air they put in me that was making me hurt I already take pain meds so I assume they thought my pain would subside well it hasn't I am having a great deal of pain in my right side my back and my lower abdomen it is now saturday night and im not sure if I need to go back to the ER also having slight pain in my right groin area im just not sure if I should be having this much pain plz help
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Jan 3, 2017 @ 8:08 am
Hi wife undergone with ERCP on November 3 2016 ...CBS stent is placed. She ia having gallblader stone of 6 it necessary to go with lapro?
Cathy Dalton
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Jan 11, 2017 @ 5:17 pm
Jan 11, 2017 I have six years of experience with bile duct cancer and 2 years with stents. My doctors are amazing and I am feeling very good, even with the constant small reoccurrence of this cancer. However, I read all of the comments above and am shocked to see the bad advice from doctors, their lack of a reasonable explanation of what they are doing and why, and wondering if your doctors are ignoring your post stent issues. I could go on with specifics as I have learned, but I am no doctor and I don't know anything besides what is in your comment. But please, get a referral to a specialist who has a reputation for explaining things and showing you the scans. And, while I don't know where you are, I don't know any good reason for a doctor to say that chemo won't help if you aren't a surgical candidate. My chemos didn't make it disappear, but it kept them from growing and spreading for months and months at a time. Then you go on to the next treatment, surgery, or Trial. I know someone who has been doing that for over 25 years. This is a big deal and must be seen and consulted by a top doctor who has good experience with billiary and pancreatic cancer and recently. So many innovations in the past few years (at least in the U.S.).
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Jan 29, 2017 @ 5:17 pm
I had lots of bowel surgery years ago also had gallbladder removed then had gall stones stuck inbilliary tract had to have stent not informed before have had another stent in plastic been in there for ten months feel ill all the time scared
Vicky Stewart
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Mar 24, 2017 @ 7:19 pm
My dad is 81yrs old and has suffered pain for a full year hus weight is 95llb , his duct is blocked and a MRI is showing something on his liver . He has been in and out of hospital for the last few weeks . He is eating but loosing weight dramatically , we gave to wait for another week and another CT scan until they give us results My Questions are , fb you think my dad would be fit enough for surgery if need be ? Do you think it serious and that's why we can't find anything out it's a nightmare waiting for news
Melanie Simmons
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Apr 20, 2017 @ 2:14 pm
I had to have a ERCP 2 years ago and a stent placed in for a month. I did well up until 2 years later. I had dilation in the biliary duct and doctor was never sure why it happened in the first place. But here I set, with that fullness, severe nausea coming back after 2 years post the ERCP and stent. One doctor said it was too soon to need another ERCP, however, after reading about this procedure, I see where others have to have another stent placement. Can anyone share if this repeat procedure has occurred to them, and if so, how soon after the first ERCP with stent. I cannot eat much due to pain, and severe nausea. The exact same symptoms that led me to my first ERCP with stent ..Thank you for any feed back
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Sep 9, 2017 @ 7:19 pm
I had a gallbladder Removed but only 70% removed by open surgery because it was with infection this was done on July 8
Three days later I had a ERCP to put in a stent in order to stop the drain but after 6 weeks the drain instead to be less and less it was increasing so they did one more ercp with two stent but the drainage is now increasing much more then before the surgen suggested to put a still stent
Because the plastic stent can leak
Now I worry so much because I think they are not doing the job right
This is in done in the Vancouver general hospital
Is anyone that have any experience to be able to give me any suggestions what a should do ?
I thank you very much in advance for any advice
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Jan 30, 2018 @ 11:11 am
what's the procedure to remove a stent in the bile duct ? can one pass a stent ?when my father went in for his 6 month pet scan. the scan picked up the stent which was placed in his bile duct. over a year a go. doctor said it had moved . needs to get it removed.. 2 weeks later he went in to have it removed. Doctor told him it wasnt there ? can one actually pass a stent with in 2 weeks , and no discomfort ???
personally i think its somewere in his small intestine .. i dont believe the doctor checked any other place then were it was originally placed over a year ago..
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Jul 15, 2018 @ 4:04 am
On the 12.07.18 I had ERCP bile stent it's been 3 days but it's still paining.What must i take to stop ppains because pain killers doesn't help
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Sep 24, 2018 @ 7:19 pm
On May 18th 2018 i had gall bladder removal. On May 21st 2018 I had a biliary stent put in. I was having severe spasms that would make it hard to eat. On July 17th 2018 I had the stent removed. Today is September 24th 2018 and I still get severe spasms. Makes it hard to walk. The pain takes my breath away. Hard to be a mommy with 2 little kids and work if you cant breathe right because of pain. Any advice?.
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Sep 24, 2018 @ 7:19 pm
On May 18th 2018 i had gall bladder removal. On May 21st 2018 I had a biliary stent put in. I was having severe spasms that would make it hard to eat. On July 17th 2018 I had the stent removed. Today is September 24th 2018 and I still get severe spasms. Makes it hard to walk. The pain takes my breath away. Hard to be a mommy with 2 little kids and work if you cant breathe right because of pain. Any advice?. Also I keep gaining weight even though I barely eat and I eat healthy portioned foods. I'm a big woman but I shouldnt be putting pounds on if I cant eat.
Ranjit kaur sahota
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Sep 25, 2018 @ 3:03 am
On 30/09/2018 my cousin (18years old) had laproscopic cholecystectomy(gallbladder removal), discharged from the hospital and came home.Unfortunately on 06/09/2018 he started having pain in lower abdomen and we went to the Gastroenterologist and MRCP revealed common bile duct leakage. ERCP was done on the same day and the bile(pus) collected was drained laproscopically. Around 2.5litres of bile was drained and three tubes were inserted. After few days tubes were removed and he improved. Also discharged from the hospital. Then on 24/09/2018 he had spontaneous stent migration through stool in morning, again went to the Gastroenterologist And ultrasound revealed 178 cc of pus collected again in the body. Dr again performed ERCP, three stents were put in the duct and the collected pus was drained and a tube was inserted. Kindly explain the reason why the stent migrates so early, and In future can it again happen? And how will be his health in future!? Is he in right hands? The boy is just 18years amd single child of his parents! Please reply
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Oct 22, 2018 @ 11:11 am
Question : how long can stent remains in the body? Is it necessary to remove? Can we live life long with stent?
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Nov 12, 2018 @ 1:13 pm
I’ve had two different stents put in. Now the metal one has been in for four months and it’s hurting again. I was wondering if anyone had any experiences with getting a stent removed. I’m wondering if the procedure hurts or if it will help in the long run. Thank you in advance for any information
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Apr 10, 2019 @ 6:06 am
How long can a stent stay in the body? When should a stent be removed?
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Apr 9, 2020 @ 12:00 am
My mother had a gall bladder stent put in and is having severe stabbing pains for two days now is this normal? Will it go away by itself or is it a symptom of the stent having moved out? Will the pain stop? We don’t want to go back to the hospital due to corona unless we have to. Thanks

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