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Jim's wife
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   Posted 12/18/2006 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I've seen it mentioned here a few times.
Venita and Jim
Wlmington DE

SeaWings
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   Posted 12/18/2006 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Here is a very good website explaining TIPS and when/why the procedure is done. One drawback is that it can increase the possibility of encephalopathy which the website explains. My husband has been told he cannot endure a liver transplant and although he has had 3 occurences of hepatic encephalopathy (without coma) he has done quite well. Only your doctor can advise whether or not this is a viable route for your husband to consider. Good luck.

http://www.clevelandclinic.org/health/health-info/docs/0200/0237.asp?index=4956

TDT
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   Posted 12/20/2006 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jim' Wife, My husband had a TIPS done Nov. 14th. My understanding of it is that they place a stent in the hepatic vein and place it into another vein, to redirect the blood. This is suppose to relieve the patient of portal hypertension, which causes varices and ascites. The problem with this is with the blood being redirected it can cause encephalopathy, the liver may not filter the blood as well, causing high ammonia levels. It doesn't mean all patient will have this problem. Lactulose usually clears it up.

Teresa


SisterMo
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   Posted 1/5/2007 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Teresa, how was your TIPS experience and has it been successful?  Would you do it again?  My brother is going to have one on the 11th, I'm pretty worried.  He has gotten up to 11 liters per draining, every 10 days so it was time, I think.  Let me know how you made out, please.

TDT
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   Posted 1/5/2007 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   

SisterMo. The procedure itself, took the doctor around 3 1/2 hours, it was done in radiology. They did put Mark under general anesthia and intubated him. He did well with that. At first he gained fluid, in places that he never did before, like his face, arms, and the fluid even got worse in his legs. I ended up taking him to the hospital E.R because he could not bend his legs , dres or undress himself. He was having other problems, but they were able to take some of the fluid off with IV lasix and a paracentesis. They checked the TIPS to make sure it was working and it was. A week later he ended up having encephalopathy big time and the fluid came off fast!!! He gained some more fluid and after another bout of the "E" his fluid is completely off. Mark is kind of an oddball with this I think. He is more comfortable now though. They were tapping him about every 5-7 days before the procedure, they were taking around 10-12 liters each time. He was at the point, that it really had to be done. Hope your brother does well with the procedure!!! Good luck!

Teresa

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