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Biliary Stone Extraction

ImageCare Radiology offers procedures for biliary stone extraction in New Jersey. Our medical imaging facilities are staffed with experienced interventional radiologists who specialize in treating patients suffering from biliary stones, using the latest in medical imaging and minimally invasive techniques to improve health outcomes.

What is a Biliary Stone?

Biliary stones, also known as gallstones, are hardened deposits that can form in the bile duct— the pathway for bile to flow from the liver to the intestines. These bile duct stones can vary in size and are often composed of cholesterol or bilirubin. While some stones remain asymptomatic, others can cause severe pain, jaundice, and infections, necessitating their removal for the patient’s well-being.

What are the Benefits of Biliary Stone Extraction?

The extraction of biliary stones is a critical procedure for patients experiencing symptoms. It eliminates the source of pain and discomfort, reduces the risk of infection, and restores the normal flow of bile. This can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life by preventing complications such as biliary colic, cholecystitis, and pancreatitis. The procedure is less invasive than traditional surgery, which means fewer complications, a shorter hospital stay, and a quicker return to daily activities.

How Does a Biliary Stone Extraction Procedure Work?

The biliary stone extraction procedure begins with the precise location of the bile duct using advanced imaging technology. An interventional radiologist administers a local anesthetic and makes a small puncture through the skin to the liver. A needle is then inserted into the bile duct, and a guide wire is threaded through this needle. Over the guide wire, a thin drainage tube is passed into the bile duct, creating an access pathway for the removal tools.Digital image of a human outline with a detailed gastrointestinal system and a gallbladder containing gallstones beside it

Through the established access, the radiologist navigates small instruments to capture and extract the gallstones. In some instances, if the stones are too large to remove in one piece, they may be broken into smaller, more manageable fragments that can then pass more easily into the intestines. This procedure is meticulously performed to ensure minimal discomfort and facilitate a quick recovery for the patient.

Contact Us for a Biliary Stone Extraction Procedure

ImageCare Radiology is ready to assist you with your biliary stone extraction needs. We understand the importance of addressing this painful condition promptly and effectively. If you believe you may be suffering from biliary stones or have been advised to seek treatment, our team is here to provide the support and expertise you require.

We encourage you to contact us to schedule a procedure. Our compassionate staff will ensure you receive the highest level of care throughout the process. Take a step towards relief and better health by scheduling your biliary stone extraction with us today. Your comfort and well-being are our highest priorities, and we are committed to offering you the best care possible.