My 49 year old son has alcoholic cirrhosis of liver and is still drinking vodka . He feels terrible and is very confused but will not go to hospital . I know all about ammonia levels and all that .Since 2014 he has been in and out of hospitals almost every 6 weeks, TIPS saved his life but I think the end may be near by the way he is acting. Very paranoid doesn't know if he is dreaming or it is real, thinks everyone is talking about him and looking at him can't sleep or eat much cries all the time and is afraid if he goes to hospital he will die there. He calls 3 times a day and keeps telling me how bad he feels and it's time to die. He does not want to live anymore. How can I help him I am exhausted and he won't listen. Thank you . How long should he have After a TIPS surgery he wants answers
Life expecency after TIPS surgery ?
- 5 Jun 2016 by Ravenjeff
- 9 July 2016
- alcoholic cirrhosis, surgery, liver, hospital
Added 5 Jun 2016:
Thanks for answering Steve. He had TIPS surgery on June 4th 2014 so
he has just passed the 2 year mark. He has had esophagus varices banded at least 4 times still won't quit drinking . Doctors don't know how he is still alive he has been thru it all and still won't listen. It is wearing me down
The severe confusion is caused by high blood ammonia levels. Lactulose, while being a laxative, changes the digestive tract and osmotically absorbs ammonia and excretes it in feces. Try 2x20ml per day.
The TIPS procedure is to provide a bypass system to stop or prevent varices from bursting. The 3rd episode of severe esophageal bleeding is usually the last and fatal.
The continued drinking is a massive issue as he could potentially live quite a bit longer by quitting under supervision. He simply doesn't have the time it took me to quit.
So, I hate to say; less than 1 year even if he can get rid of the mental confusion he may be better placed to think more clearly. I'd be surprised by 2.
Google MELD score and armed with some blood work results we/you can do a little calculation that isn't based on assumed numbers. Fortunately I have blood work every month and I have also abstained from alcohol for 3 years so I have a record of an alcoholic steve to sober steve. The liver can recover pretty reasonable function once the assault has stopped and I'd much rather be alive than be dead and I'm sure your son doesn't want to be and my guess he has given up giving up. If we can get his head clearer he might listen to reason.
As always. See your doctor and get him to explain rather than pass stupid remarks.
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