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Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)

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Surgery Overview

TIPS is a procedure in which a stent is placed to join two veins in a damaged liver. One vein carries blood to the liver (portal vein). The other vein goes from the liver to the heart (hepatic vein). TIPS forms a channel that allows some of the blood to bypass the liver.

What To Expect

You may go home the same day or the next day after a TIPS procedure. Your doctor or nurse checks to make sure that you're not having any problems before you go home.

Why It Is Done

TIPS is used to reduce high blood pressure in the portal vein that carries blood from the intestines to the liver.

TIPS may be used to:

Risks

Problems from a TIPS procedure may include:

Credits for Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)

Current as of: October 28, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
W. Thomas London MD - Hepatology


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