Some patients with obstruction in the bile duct system may not be eligible for the percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage (PTBD) for several reasons, such as prolong coagulation, sepsis, massive ascites, cancer that has spread to the liver and multiple blockages in the bile duct system. This group of patients may have to consider alternative procedures to alleviate their symptoms.
Duration Retained Catheter
You will probably need to keep the catheter for two to three weeks or until bile flows into the intestines normally. This depends on the doctor’s treatment plan. If this procedure is part of palliative care, you may have to keep the catheter for the rest of their life.