Wednesday, October 13, 2010

TIPS Scheduled

Today we met with the interventional radiologist who will be performing the TIPS procedure. He gave us a lot of information. It is interesting to see how different doctors interact with patients. Some give a minimum of information and others give a lot of information. This doctor was one of the a lot of info types--which I appreciate. He explained the procedure to us and drew us a diagram. He also went over the risks in detail. That was helpful, but it was also scary. The other doctors that have spoken to us about the procedure have minimized the risks and really didn't go into detail, but Dr. P went into detail. The biggest risk for Gess is going to be bleeding. Bleeding is always a potential with type of procedure, but it is exasperated by Gess's bleeding issues. Dr. P said that the overall risk of this is under 5%, and more likely around 2%. If he does start bleeding, it will be a very bad situation and there is a chance he can die. They have never had anyone die from TIPS at this hospital, but it has happened at other hospital.

I think that this discussion really just hit home with both of us today. When we were driving home we were talking about our plans for the weekend and possibly getting away. I queried whether the timing would be good given the upcoming procedure, etc., and Gess said, "It might be my last chance to do it because I might not make it." That was hard to hear. I understand it and think about it myself, but it is really difficult to hear him vocalize it. He has always tried to portray an "invincible" attitude, so this change is hard.

Anyway...the plan is for us to see the pre-anesthesia clinic on Friday and the TIPS procedure will be on Thursday, October 21st. Because of Gessner's "difficult" situation, they are going to admit him the day before and give him blood products to try to boost his INR, etc. Then they will also keep him at least until Friday to make sure that he does okay. He will also continue on his course of antibiotics before the procedure.


Shannon said...

I am thinking of you guys. I hope this procedure goes smoothly and makes all the difference in the world for the two fo you <3

Lovin Lane said...

My prayers are with you right now ***HUGS***