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Mar 26, 2019 · Liver transplant: TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt) in Transplants

When diagnosed my MELD score was 26. I was critically ill & the diagnosis took a while. Medications restarted my kidneys without dialysis. My MELD score post TIPs is now 6. My hepatoligist has told me improvement of this degree is unusual. I’m prayerful it continues as my quality of life is now good. I was drinking alcohol prior to my diagnosis but no longer drink at all. It is worrisome to think of being that ill again but would be a candidate for transplant if I deteriorate. At this point we monitor & wait to see what happens.

Mar 24, 2019 · Liver transplant: TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt) in Transplants

Thank you for your reply. I too have had my esophageal varicies banded. The TIPs reduced the portal pressure so that I no longer have bleeds. The TIPs also controlled the refractory ascites. I no longer take Xifaxin just Lactulose daily & vitamins. I see my hepatologist now only twice per year & have annual MRIs & lab work to monitor liver functions, sodium levels etc. My amonia levels are normal. I am not a candidate for transplant now because I’m too well. I’m just wondering how long the TIPs shunts can last? They can be revised & replaced if needed. Does anyone have a TIPs shunt & has not needed a transplant ?

Mar 23, 2019 · Liver transplant: TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt) in Transplants

I had a TIPs procedure 15 mos ago to control portal hypertension, ascites & bleeding. I have been fine since then & no longer qualify for a transplant . How long have others TIPs shunts lasted ?