Biliary Tube Placement

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Do not use machinery, drive, or make legal decisions for 24 hours after your procedure.

  • Have someone drive you home.

  • Resume your usual diet. Avoid alcoholic beverages for 24 hours after your procedure.

  • Rest for the remainder of the day.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver. Do not take aspirin unless directed otherwise. This can make bleeding worse.

  • Clean the tube insertion site as directed by your caregiver.

  • Take showers, not baths. Avoid pools and hot tubs. Before showering, cover the area with plastic wrap and tape the edges of the plastic wrap to your skin. This is done to keep your skin dry.

  • Keep the skin around the insertion site dry. If the area gets wet, dry the skin completely.

  • Keep all follow-up appointments.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your redness, soreness, or swelling at the tube insertion site worsens despite good cleaning.

  • Your pain worsens after an initial improvement.

  • You have any questions about your tube.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have chills or increased pain.

  • Your skin breaks down around the tube.

  • You have leakage of bile around the tube.

  • Your tube becomes blocked or clogged.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.