Patient Comments: TIPS Procedure - Experience

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Please describe your experience with TIPS procedure. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Apfederico, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 25

I had a TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt) shunt inserted a few months ago to help me with portal hypertension. I am 32 and at 30 had gastric bypass which unfortunately clotted my portal vein causing the hypertension. The doctor was able to successfully re-canalize my portal vein but had to place a TIPS to help. I have had one episode of mild hepatic encephalopathy and need to take rifaximin and lactulose. It’s only been a few months out but I am feeling better than I was before. Who knew a routine gastric bypass would cause this.

Comment from: Ronnie, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 27

I'm a 35 year old Hispanic male. I had the TIPS procedure done 11 months ago. I had constant ascites and I ended in the emergency room due to internal bleeding. After constant failed attempts to band the veins shut they decided to do the TIPS procedure and it literally saved my life. I take so many medicines on a daily basis but sometimes I completely forget that I'm sick. Doctor said everything is well and I should need a replacement in 8 years. I would definitely recommend it if you have the option.

Comment from: Newlife2018, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I had the TIPS procedure done last week, September 20, 2018. I am so far ok except water retention in my legs. I am seeing the doctor tomorrow and every other day for 6 months.

Comment from: Jim, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 04

I had my TIPS procedure almost 20 years ago. It helped save my life. I have a bad liver due to an inherited condition. I had 2 major gastrointestinal bleeds before this was done. I have had it revised and checked on a regular basis. This was an experimental procedure when I had it done.

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