Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS)

In patients with liver failure and cirrhosis, the liver can cause high blood pressure on the stomach and intestines, which can cause stomach and esophageal bleeding. VITA physician, Dr. Johnson, can perform Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt, or TIPS. TIPS is a procedure in which a stent is placed into a hepatic vein to form a shunt that bypasses the liver using x-ray guidance. The goal of TIPS is to reduce the blood backed up in the liver and decrease the blood pressure in the portal system for patients with liver disease.