It is my understand that two clips are used to close off ducts and arteries after gallbladder removal. Do these clips ever cause any problems, like can they move, or slip off, get infected, cause adhesions, etc? And what are the clips made of? I was just curious about all of this. Thanks.
Great question. The clips do not cause problems. They are used to clip the artery going to the gall bladder and the duct that drains the gall bladder. They can cause problems if they slip of the structures on which they were placed, and this would occur in the first couple of days after surgery. In this case one would have bleeding or a bile leak. This is not a likely event if the clips were placed with care by the surgeon. The clips are made of titanium.
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