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Tips (Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

A transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is a channel made inside your liver to increase blood flow. The shunt reduces swelling in your abdomen, and lowers portal hypertension. TIPS may also reduce fluid buildup in your abdomen.

Abdominal Organs

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You have bleeding in your throat, or you cough up blood.
  • You have chest pain or trouble breathing.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.
  • You have a fever, or extreme fatigue (tiredness).
  • You have swelling or pain in your abdomen.
  • You have blood in your urine.
  • You have a new or worsening cough.
  • You have confusion or personality changes.

Call your doctor or hepatologist if:

  • You have dry skin, redness, sores, or bleeding areas.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Follow up with your doctor or hepatologist as directed:

You will need tests every year to check for bleeding and for how well the stent is working. Your veins will need to be checked for blockages. You will need to be tested for liver failure. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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