Medical Imaging

Angiography > Exams & Procedures > Gallbladder Drain (Cholecystostomy)

A gallbladder drain is placed when a patient has a gallbladder infection or an obstruction within the gallbladder exists. Ultrasound guidance is used to visualize the gallbladder. Local anaesthetic is given to numb the area. A tube is then placed into the gallbladder to help with drainage. The drain is anchored to the skin with an anchoring device and it is then attached to a drainage bag.

The procedure takes about 1/2 hour.

No preparation is necessary. Normal bleeding time is required. If you are on blood thinners, let us know and the appropriate blood work can be done.