Liver disease is a broad term describing any number of diseases in the liver. Hepatitis A, B, and C combined effect about 8% of the total US population. Other issues such as cirrhosis and cancer can also affect the way the liver performs. Mimit physicians perform a wide array of procedures that help in diagnosis and treatment of liver disease.

Diagnosis and management

Procedures include: TIPS (Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt), Liver biopsy, RF Ablation of tumors, and Drainage tube placement.

Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt

The IR doctor threads a catheter through a small incision in the skin near the neck and guides it to the blocked blood vessels in the liver. Under X-ray guidance, the doctor creates a tunnel in the liver through which the blocked blood can flow. The tunnel is held open by the insertion of a small metal cylinder, called a stent. This procedure is performed when the pressure is elevated inside the liver and needs to be brought under control. Many times this procedure is done emergently, as the elevated pressure can cause blood to fill into the stomach, which is called variceal bleeders.