The biliary system is a network of organs and tubes that work together to produce, store, and transport bile, a digestive fluid that helps break down fats and absorbs fat-soluble vitamins. It includes the liver, which produces bile; the gallbladder, which stores and releases bile; and the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver and gallbladder to the small intestine.
ARS Gastro and Liver Centre specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of gallstones, bile duct obstruction, biliary tract infections, liver disease, and other complex biliary conditions. At ARS Gastro and Liver Centre, we are committed to providing compassionate and patient-centred care that prioritises the well-being and comfort of our patients.
The biliary system is responsible for producing, storing, and transporting bile, which aids in the digestion of fats and fat-soluble vitamins. Disorders of the biliary system can cause significant health problems. Some of the common conditions that are treated under biliary care at the ARS Gastro and Liver Centre include the following:
Bile duct obstruction
Biliary tract infections
Primary sclerosing cholangitis
Liver disease (including cirrhosis and hepatitis)
Some of the common treatments offered under biliary care at the ARS Gastro and Liver Centre include the following:
ERCP (Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography): A diagnostic and therapeutic procedure used to visualise the biliary and pancreatic ducts and treat various biliary disorders such as gallstones and bile duct obstruction.
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy: A minimally invasive surgical procedure used to remove the gallbladder in cases of gallstones or other gallbladder diseases.
Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography (PTC): A diagnostic and therapeutic procedure used to visualise the biliary tract and treat biliary disorders.
Biliary stenting: A procedure where a thin tube is inserted into the bile duct to keep it open and facilitate the flow of bile, which can be done either endoscopically or percutaneously.
Liver transplant: A surgical procedure that replaces a diseased liver with a healthy one from a donor
Medications: Several medications can be prescribed to treat biliary disorders such as gallstones, primary sclerosing cholangitis, and biliary tract infections.