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  Oct 11, 2018

TIPS Procedure (Transjugular Intrahepatic Porto-systemic Shunt)

TIPS stands for Transjugular (via jugular vein) Intrahepatic (within the liver) Porto-systemic (between a portal vein and a hepatic vein) Shunt (stent that is used to route blood flow within or between different organs). The TIPS procedure is usually carried out on patients suffering from serious liver diseases.

TIPS is a minimally invasive medical procedure that utilizes interventional X-ray technology to treat serious liver disorders such as esophageal varices, gastric varices, portal hypertensive gastropathy, and portal hypertensive colopathy. The portal blood flow is bypassed through a stent that is placed between a branch of the portal vein branch and a hepatic vein. The portosystemic gradient should be less than 12 mm of Hg following a successful TIPS procedure.