Doctors at BR Life Kalinga Hospital perform the first-ever Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) for Liver Cirrhosis in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar :BR Life Kalinga Hospital, a leading healthcare unit in Bhubaneswar, recently added another feather to its cap by performing the first ever Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) in Odisha on a 46-year-old patient to treat chronic cirrhotic liver. Subroto Das (Name Changed) a known case of chronic alcoholic Liver Cirrhosis, complained of jaundice, bloating of stomach and vomiting blood. Upon investigation, he was diagnosed to have 3 liters of liquid accumulated in his abdomen.
Prior to visiting BR Life Kalinga Hospital, Subrotohad been under consultation and treatment and had removed the accumulated liquid twice from his stomach. However, it kept recurring and deteriorating his health further. Since traditional treatment methods did not help improve Subroto’s condition,Dr. Sibasankar Dalai, Senior Visiting Consultant – Vascular and Interventional Radiologist, BR Life Kalinga Hospital and Dr. Sanghamitra Mishra, HOD – department of Anesthesia, BR Life Kalinga Hospital performed TIPS (Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt) surgery.
Speaking about the treatment Dr. Sibasankar Dalai, Senior Visiting Consultant – Vascular and Interventional Radiologist, BR Life Kalinga Hospitalsaid, “Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) is a procedure that is used to reduce portal hypertension and its complications, especially variceal bleeding. In this procedure, we placed small wire-mesh coil (stent) into the liver vein. The stent was then expanded using a small inflatable balloon (angioplasty). The stent forms a channel that bypasses the liver. This channel reduces pressure in the portal vein and by reducing portal hypertension, enlarged veins (varices) are less likely to rupture and bleed. With this, we also removed three liters of fluid that was accumulated in the abdomen.”
Liver cirrhosis is a disease that occurs when there is an irreversible scarring of the liver and a permanent loss of liver cells. It is becoming more common with close to 10 lakh new patients being diagnosed with liver cirrhosis every year in India. The primary causes of the disease included Hepatitis B and C earlier but now, it is primarily due to alcohol abuse and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. This has led the country to witness a paradigm shift in the dynamics of this disease as it is now on the verge of becoming one of the most common lifestyle diseases.
Subroto,an alcoholic for the past 10-15 years, got stiffness of liverthat resulted in stopping of blood flow into the liver. This developed back pressure into the spleen Vein (a blood vessel that provides blood to the liver from spleen) and the digestive system resulting in the leak of fluid from the blood that further got accumulated in the abdomen.
Speaking about the difficulty faced by the disease, Mr. Subroto Das said, “I was suffering from chronic Liver Cirrhosis from the past 3 years which resulted in killing my hunger and appetite with just a bite or gulping down water. My stomach size kept also increasing. Post-investigation, I was told that at around 3 liters of liquid was accumulated in my stomach and I was admitted twice for treatment last year, but it always kept recurring. I even started vomiting blood and had losing hopes of recovery but then I was referred to BR Life Kalinga Hospital, where Dr. Sibasankar Dalai assured me of the treatment and recovery from my illness. I am thankful to BR Life Kalinga Hospital and the team of doctors who gave me a new lease of life and I promise that I would never start consuming alcohol again.”

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