After the procedure, you will recover in your hospital room. You will be monitored for bleeding. You will have to keep your head raised.
There is usually no pain after the procedure.
You will be able to go home when you feel better. This may be the day after surgery.
Many people get back to their everyday activities in 7 to 10 days.
Your doctor will probably do ultrasounds after surgery to make sure the stent is working correctly.
You will be asked to have a repeat ultrasound in a few weeks to make sure that the TIPS procedure is working.
Your radiologist can tell you right away how well the procedure worked. Most patients recover well.
TIPS works in about 80% - 90% of portal hypertension cases.
The procedure is much safer than surgery and does not involve any cutting or stitches.
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