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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.
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.
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:
Problems from a TIPS procedure may include:
Current as of: January 20, 2022
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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