May 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm #60326mickeydtxMember
SweetGreen: My mom had to have platelet tranfusion. She received 3 regular blood tranfusions but didn’t seem to be getting any better. They ordered the platelet and BAM! It was like a miracle injection. She was sitting up and perky within an hour of it. If they say he needs it, by all means get it.April 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm #60325lainyMember
Hi Betsy, Teddy had lots of stent changes. They always gave him something before he left the Pre-Op area and he was never aware of anything being done. My guess would be Proponal (sp) like what you get for a Colonoscopy. Sleep quickly and wake up quickly. He also had an external bag. Best wishes.April 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm #60324pcl1029Member
yes, it is the same as transfusion.
God bless.April 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm #60323betsyMember
I’ve had many tube changes and lots of experience with stents. My stent drains to an external bag and is not permanently placed. I get zofran and fentanyl and an antibiotic in my IV for tube changes. Fentanyl makes me semi-conscious (conscious sedation is what the hospital calls it) and keeps me from getting too anxious. I’ve tried to go without fentanyl but really didn’t like it. The noises bothered me. The worst part of these procedures for me, is having to be awake while the nurses prep me…..seems to take forever. It takes me 2-3 days to recover. I’m usually fatigued, headache and a little nauseous.
I have received red blood cells through my IV. I don’t know if that’s the same as a transfusion, but I’m assuming it is. I had no problems.
Best of luck,
betsyApril 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm #60322sweetgreenMember
Thank you so much for relieving my fears! We have a family trip coming up and we would hate to jeopardize that. Love the zofran tip. They also told him he needs a platelet transfusion befote stent procedure. Any experience with that?April 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm #60321jathy1125Participant
Hi-sorry about your husbands stent problems. I had 10 ERCP’s in a 9 month period. I had 3 in 17 days. My hint (sounds like we are swapping recipes) is to make sure they give you zofran in your IV, that helped me so much. The procedure is pretty quick, I went home one time with in 4 hours.
Lots of prayers-CathyApril 26, 2012 at 6:56 pm #60320marionsModerator
Both, metal and plastic stents will clog with debris. Unlike stents made of metal, which are considered permanent and can be cleaned out, plastic stents need to be replaced every three months or less. Stent replacements procedures are uncomfortable, but not nearly as invasive as surgery however; some people prefer to be sedated throughout. From what we have seen on this board though, the majority of people undergo plastic stent replacements while being awake.
At times, we have seen metal stents inserted with removable plastic stents.
MarionApril 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm #60319gavinModerator
Just to add to what Percy has said to you, metal stents last longer than the plastic ones and tend to last around 12 months or so before clogging can become a problem. From what you have said, it could be the case that the plastic stent that was put inside the metal one has clogged up and that is what will be replaced here. This is a common procedure and like Percy also says, it is relatively safe. I hope this goes well for your husband and please let us know how he gets on with it.
My best wishes to you and your husband,
GavinApril 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm #60318pcl1029Member
it is common to replace the stents whenever they are clogged;mostly every 2 months or so; some can be longer depends on the patient’s status.
As long as the bile flows thru the stents into the intestine or outside into the external bag;that is ok.
Stents replacement is a relatively safe procedure.
God bless.April 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm #6715sweetgreenMember
Hi Everyone, My husband has elevated liver enzymes again, and his doctor thinks he may need to have his bile duct/stent cleared out. Right after he had the metal stent placed, a blood clot formed and blocked it. They cleared that easily with a balloon catheter. Then they put in a plastic piece to help keep it clear. But now, it seems something is starting to block it again. They tell us that these procedures are usually no big deal. Have any of you had something like this done before? What is the process and potential for negative outcomes?
Thanks for any info you can share!
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