Patient Comments: TIPS Procedure - Complications

Please describe your experience with TIPS procedure complications.

Comment from: NicoleK38, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 14

My mom was given the TIPS procedure and died shortly after. They said that she was not eligible for a liver transplant. I do not get this being that there are drug addicts and alcoholics out there that I know who have received transplants. My mom was neither. We thought that TIPS would save her, but as soon as she had the procedure done, we watched her go on a downward spiral very quickly from that point on. This makes me terribly angry.

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Comment from: Hepatic Heather, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 01

My mom passed recently from nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver. When the hepatologist offered TIPS as a way to keep my mom around longer, she decided it was not for her. She already had congestive heart failure and hepatic encephalopathy. Having this procedure would cause both problems to worsen. I have NASH stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver. I have congestive heart failure and suffer from hepatic encephalopathy just like my mom. My hepatologist has made the decision for me in that the TIPS procedure would be "too problematic to consider TIPS placement." It does not make sense to me as a caregiver at one time and a patient since 2008 that TIPS should even be considered as it appears to be a "last ditch effort" by the doctors to keep you alive (until you pass or you are on a liver transplant list).

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Comment from: grateful, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 09

I had a TIPS procedure three years ago and it too saved my life and is keeping me off the liver transplant list. After years of drinking I'm back in great health and running 10Ks again.

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Comment from: Tony, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 05

My gastroenterologist wants me to have the TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shun) procedure. I have chronic pancreatitis and have the consequent scarring of my liver (cirrhosis) since 2006. I do not drink, smoke or take illegal drugs. I frequently get severe pancreas attacks (pain) thus take pain killers regularly but they only take some of the pain away. My esophagus ruptured (enlarged veins from the liver) and I nearly died. I have had a few TAPS done, the last one was before Christmas and they took 8 liters of fluid from ascites. My liver is now the focus as my abdomen is distended (I look like I'm 9 months pregnant). I am not in favor of a liver transplant but had a consult recently. I understand that a needle into my jugular vein is used to insert a shunt.

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Comment from: Diana, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

I was diagnosed with liver disease in 2010 and had severe gastrointestinal bleed. They placed a TIPS and I have MRIs and blood work every 6 months. My TIPS procedure has been a life saver, I have it checked regularly and I am still here. The specialist I see said I may need a new one in 8 years. But I hope that by then I will be doing good to have another TIPS, it can be a lifesaver.

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