Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt(TIPS)
Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) is a procedure that may be used to treat bleeding from fragile veins (esophageal varices) or fluid that has collected in the abdomen (ascites) or in the chest (hydrothorax). The goal of TIPS is to create a path for blood to flow through a scarred or cirrhotic liver. TIPS is effective and helps stop bleeding in approximately 90% of patients with bleeding varices and helps alleviate fluid build-up in the abdomen or chest in 90% of patients with ascites or hydrothorax. The most common side effect of TIPS is mild confusion, which is usually treatable with oral medications.
Our expert team of hepatologists and interventional radiologists work together to assess patients for TIPS and discuss with them when the risks and benefits of the procedure.