What is a bile duct injury?
The bile duct is a series of tubes going from the liver to the small intestines. Their job is to remove bile from the liver and gallbladder (which stores bile) and send it to the small intestines. The bile then helps digest the fats that come from food.
The gallbladder is often removed to relieve patients who are suffering from gallstones. Normal digestion is possible without the gallbladder. Bile will still reach the intestines; it just won’t be stored in the gallbladder along the way.
Damage to the bile duct can occur not only during gall bladder surgery, such as when gallstones are removed, but also during other surgery to the abdomen or liver.