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Forum Name: Liver Diseases

Question: Post TIPS Question

 egyptianmatt91 - Sat May 12, 2007 10:08 am


I just have a quick question. My dad had the TIPS procedure done about 13 months ago with no complications. Is there any risk if he flies on an airplane from Los Angeles to St. Louis?

 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Thu Jun 14, 2007 3:48 pm

User avatar Hello,

Sorry for the delay in answering your question.

Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) is a procedure used to reduce portal hypertension in patients with liver cirrhosis and complications like variceal bleeding.

Complications from this operations are likely to occur in the postoperative period.

Since your father is in a good general condition and no complications occurred since the operation is done, to my knowledge there are no contraindications for him to travel.

However, follow up with his Doctor is essential to check his health status before traveling.

I advise you to contact his doctor.
Best regards.


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