How to Prepare for a TIPS Procedure

Tell your doctor all medications that you are taking, including herbal supplements, and if you have any allergies, especially to local anesthetic medications, general anesthesia or to contrast materials (also known as "dye" or "x-ray dye"). Your doctor may tell you to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or a blood thinner for a specified period of time before your procedure.

Women should always inform their doctor or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Radiation is not good for the fetus. If an X-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.

You may not eat for eight hours before your exam; you may have clear liquids up until four hours before your procedure.

You should plan to stay overnight at the hospital for one or more days.

You will be given a gown to wear during the procedure.