Hello Laura, There are members here who have had or have loved ones who's had the ascites. And I believe they call it shunting for the portal vein though I could be wrong. Others can give you the answers that your are seeking. I am sure someone will pop up soon. My husband hasn't had either so I am not sure about
the answers. My husband has had the varices in his esophagus though. They banded him a couple of times but the last time he didn't need the banding.
Welcome Doug, Glad to have you aboard. Great news that you made the transplant list.
Both of you keep coming back as this is a wonderful forum.