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Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosytemic Shunt (TIPS)

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UW Health Radiology provides the highest standard of care by exceptionally qualified medical and technical staff using state-of-the-art technology.

 

Who needs a transjugular intrahepatic portosytemic shunt (TIPS)?

 

Scarring in the liver (cirrhosis) can make it hard for blood to flow through the liver. It can cause a buildup of pressure in the veins leading into the liver. If the pressure is high enough, these veins can bleed and fluid from these veins can leak into the abdomen (ascites).

 

A TIPS procedure creates a new pathway between the two main veins in the liver and decreases the fluid buildup.

 

TIPS: The Procedure

 

During TIPS a metal stent is placed in the newly created pathway to keep it open. The procedure is done with X-ray guidance. Once the procedure is done, blood will flow more easily through the liver. This will reduce the chance of unexpected, life-threatening bleeding and decrease abdominal fluid build up.

 

A person can expect several days in the hospital after the procedure for monitoring.