The transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is a procedure in which a stent (a tubular device) is placed in the liver to reroute the blood flow.
During the procedure, your CiC physician makes a “tunnel” through the liver with a needle, connecting the portal vein (the vein that carries blood from the digestive organs to the liver) to one of the hepatic veins (the three veins that carry blood from the liver). A metal stent is placed in this tunnel to keep the track open.
The TIPS procedure is not a surgical procedure – the physician performs the procedure by navigating through blood vessels in the Angiography suite under X-ray guidance. Occasionally, the TIPS shunt will require maintenance with a balloon or a new stent. CiC physicians perform this maintenance on site, more quickly, safely, and conveniently than ever before.