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The type of surgery you need depends on where the cancer is in your bile duct and whether it has spread (the stage). You might have surgery to remove the cancer completely or to relieve symptoms. Find out more about surgery and what to expect before and after surgery.

Types of surgery

Find out about the different types of surgery that you can have for bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma). 

Surgery to remove cancer

Find out more about surgery to try to cure bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) and some of the possible complications. 

Surgery to relieve symptoms

Find out about surgery to relieve symptoms of bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma). 

Preparing for your operation

Find out about the tests you might have before surgery, what to expect at the pre assessment clinic and what might happen the evening before your operation.

Going into hospital

What you need to take in, what to expect and how to prepare.

On the day

What happens on the day of surgery, including about having an anaesthetic.

After your operation

Find out how you’ll feel after your surgery, when you can go home, and about follow up appointments.

Last reviewed: 
04 Dec 2020
Next review due: 
04 Dec 2023
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