I have been dealing with leaking bile duct issues since January of this year. Its my understanding that bile duct leaks, most of the time, heal on their own and the preferred method of treatment are stents. Its also my understanding that they usually heal in about 4-6 weeks. In my case, since I’ve had liver surgery 2 times already, my doctors are being very conservative in their approach. I’ve had stents since January. I may be running out of interventions and approaching surgery for a third time but I do want to emphasize that everyone heals differently. One word of advise is to be sure your brother is getting adequate antibiotic coverage.
After my husband Tom had his resection, he also had a bile leak from the cut side of the liver. He had an external drain tube for 7 1/2 months and eventually the liver healed and the leak stopped. During this time I did a lot of research and found that for those people who develop a leak, the median time for such a leak is about 63 days…needless to say, each case is different.
Since another surgery to ‘repair’ the leak is always risky, most doctors prefer to insert a drain and allow the liver time to heal.
Hello Brian….I am sorry to hear about the complication. I believe that Betsy had a similar problem with a bile duct. You might want to use the Search Forum by entering “leaky bile duct.” Some of the previous postings may be of use to you. I wish for a quick solution coming your brother’s way.
All my best wishes,
My brother recently had surgery, which went pretty well, except that he has developed a complication involving a leaking bile duct. When they removed the left side of his liver there was a apparently a small bile duct that was left “dangling.” This bile duct is leaking bile and will not seem to stop. They have installed several stents and removed the sphincter to try and coax the bild to flow towards the intestine. They have been trying this for about 2 weeks without any luck.
Does anyone know if other solutions or of any doctors hat have resolved this issue before?