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Our board-certified physicians diagnose and treat many vascular conditions. Call 310-481-7545 to learn more about interventional radiology services.

Treatment for:

Biliary LeakBiliary obstruction

Why it’s done:

Obstruction of the bile ducts can result in jaundice, liver problems, and infection.

How it’s done:

An interventional radiologist uses ultrasound and X-rays to guide a needle puncture of the liver into one of the bile ducts. Contrast injection is done to outline the bile ducts and diagnose any problems. If needed, small wires and catheters are used to pass a wire through the ducts and into the bowel. A drainage tube can then be placed into the bile ducts for drainage to an external bag (external drainage), or internally to the bowel (internal drainage). In some cases, a metallic stent can be placed to relieve the obstruction.

Wire passing thru the skin and liver into an enlarged biliary system. Contrast already injected into biliary system

Level of anesthesia:

Conscious sedation or general anesthesia


Bleeding, infection, sepsis, damage to bile ducts


Two to four hours of bed rest


Biliary drainage catheters should be exchanged every 6-8 weeks to prevent obstruction and infection.

For More Information:

For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our IR physicians, please call 310-481-7545.