Biliary obstructions affect only a few thousand Americans each year, but this painful and potentially serious medical condition requires immediate treatment. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Oak Lawn, Oakbrook Terrace, and Palos Heights, Illinois, the board-certified gastroenterologists offer comprehensive care for bile obstructions using innovative and effective methods of treatment. If you’re concerned about your risk of biliary obstruction, call or click the online booking tool today.
Bile is a green, yellow, or brown fluid secreted by your liver to aid in the digestion of fats. Your bile ducts carry bile from your liver, through your pancreas, and into your small intestine. Whenever you eat a meal, your liver releases bile, which also helps to clean your liver. If one or more of your bile ducts becomes obstructed, it’s known as biliary obstruction.
Detected early on, biliary obstruction is easy to treat. However, if your blockage remains untreated, it might lead to life-threatening liver disease.
Your body contains several different bile ducts. The two types of bile ducts in your liver are:
The symptoms of biliary obstruction depend on the underlying cause. However, common telltale signs include:
You might also experience nausea or pain in the upper right side of your abdomen.
If your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider suspects that your symptoms are the result of biliary obstruction, they might recommend:
Treatment for biliary obstruction depends on the severity of your symptoms. Obstructions caused by small stones are usually treated with endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), a minimally invasive procedure that involves placing a stent to restore bile flow.
If you have a more serious obstruction, your provider might recommend a cholecystectomy or the surgical removal of your gallbladder.
Are you experiencing the symptoms of biliary construction? If so, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Call or click to make an appointment at Illinois Gastroenterology Group today.