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A lot of bile coming out of drain after open gallbladder removal surgery. is this normal? how can this be treated? is it serious?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Durgin
General Surgery 20 years experience
Bile drainage: It really depends on the location of the drain within your body. If it is a t tube then the surgeon would place it within the bile duct and bilious drainage is completely normal. If it is a jp drain talk to a barb suction then sometimes a transient bile leak can be normal. Other times however it can be the sign of an opening or damage to the bile duct. The most important thing is to let your surgeon know.
Dr. Mark Soberman
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Leaking?: It depends. If it's a t-tube placed in your bile duct during surgery, that's normal. If it's just a drain placed near the gallbladder bed, you may have a bile leak and should call your surgeon.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Abnormal: Liver leak, or bile duct leak. Several known complications and treatments. See your surgeon now. He left a drain for a reason from what he saw and performed.

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Last updated Mar 16, 2014

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