Posted 9/12/2012 6:34 PM (GMT -8)
Idolwild , TIPS in most cases such as mine is a temporary fix to a long term problem , It can have adverse effects like Hepatic Encephalopathy increase , It could simply not flow properly and clog . As with any surgery performed under anesthetics you may not wake up . The shunt insertion device that is inserted into the neck and maneuvered down a vein to the liver could possibly damage another organ or vein during it's travel .
The statistics aren't great and they get worse the further out from the operation , My Hepatologist was very upfront about all this info prior to surgery . I am roughly 4 years out since the surgery , That tends to be the average for problems to arise . I am happy to report that all seems fine so far and it's being monitored closely every 3 months now since I've hit the 4 year point . I just got back from a day at the docs office Monday and should know results tomorrow .
The point of doing the surgery is to hopefully provide you with quality of life until it's time for a transplant , I was in pretty bad pain and at my ropes end when the option came available . " It's about quality of life not quantity " as my doctor put it , I should mention that there are a number of cases that patients have exceeded 10 years or died from causes not related to TIPS .