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Biliary Catheters

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What Is a Biliary Catheter?

Biliary catheters, which may also be known as biliary drains or biliary stents, are special kinds of catheters used for biliary drainage, or the draining of excess bile from the body. Like other kinds of catheters, biliary catheters or thin, hollow, flexible tubes that are inserted into the body. 

These particular catheters also feature several little holes all along the sides. They can be found in various sizes, with different lengths and diameters available to suit different needs and situations. They are usually connected to a collection bag at one end and have a narrow tip at the other end for easier insertion.

The main function of biliary catheters is for biliary drainage. This is when the catheter is inserted into the liver, via the patient's skin. Bile then passes through the biliary catheter out of the body and into a collection bag.

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How Does a Biliary Catheter Work?

The procedure for using a biliary catheter is as follows: first, the patient's abdomen will need to be cleaned and numbed. The doctor will then insert a needle into the skin and inject some dye into the area around the bile ducts and liver. After that, the biliary catheter will be inserted in the same area and connected to the bile duct to allow for bile to drain out. Bile will pass through the catheter tube into a bag, which will usually need to be emptied several times.

Biliary Catheter Sizes 

Just like other kinds of catheters, biliary catheters are usually available in a range of different sizes. They may have different diameters, measured using the French gauge system and ranging from around 8 Fr all the way up to 18 Fr, on average. They can also have different lengths but usually range from 350mm to 500mm.

Biliary Catheter Types

Even though there are multiple suppliers who make and provide biliary catheters, they all follow the same basic design and there is only one primary type of biliary catheter. It features a narrow tip, a long tube with holes on the sides, and usually a balloon or inflatable section at the end that helps to hold the catheter in place so it can be used for an extended period of time.

Biliary Catheter Uses

The main use of biliary catheters is to drain excess bile out of the body or when too much bile is building up in the bile ducts, causing a blockage of some kind. If this happens, bile may back up into the liver and cause serious conditions like jaundice. Various conditions may lead to excess bile, such as cirrhosis, gallstones, tumors, or hepatitis.

Biliary Catheter Suppliers

Cook, Applied Medical Resources, and Con-Med are just a few of the top suppliers of biliary catheters.

Buy Biliary Catheters at CIA Medical

CIA Medical can provide all the biliary catheters your business needs to carry out bile drainage procedures in safety and comfort. We offer high quality products from only the best brands in the business, and we keep our prices fair and competitive. With our proven track record and history of happy customers, you can rely on CIA Medical to meet your needs.