Vascular & Non-Vascular Hepatobiliary Interventions

Vascular & Non-Vascular Hepatobiliary Interventions

Vascular & Non-Vascular Hepatobiliary Interventions

Interventional radiology is a fast-growing area of medicine. Interventional radiologists use minimally invasive procedures and image guidance to perform surgeries. In medicine, interventional radiology procedures often replace surgical procedures. They are easier for patients as they do not involve large incisions, risk, less pain and offer a short recovery period. 

Interventional radiologists use their expertise to read X-rays, ultrasound and other medical images to guide a small tube or catheter through the blood vessels to treat the disease. These procedures are less invasive and costly as compared to conventional surgeries. 

At CARE Hospitals, there is a wide range of liver and biliary intervention procedures, both therapeutic and diagnostic. We most commonly use CT guidance or ultrasound guidance to diagnose the disease. 

Types of hepatobiliary interventions 

  • Vascular interventions

  • Non-vascular or percutaneous interventions

Vascular Interventions

It commonly includes the intervention of the Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS). It is a treatment for portal hypertension. In this, direct communication is established between a branch of the portal vein and the hepatic vein. This allows the portal flow to pass through the liver. The intervention of the TIPS is recommended for the following conditions:

  • For acute variceal bleeding.

  • Hepatic hydrothorax

  • Hepatorenal syndrome

  • Hepatic malignant compression. 

The procedure is not performed if the patient has the following conditions. 

  • Right heart failure

  • Cystic hepatic disease

  • Polycystic kidney disease

  • Hepatic malignancy

Every surgical process has some complications. The risks associated with the intervention of the TIPS are as follows:

  • Gall bladder puncture

  • Acute kidney injury

  • Hepatic infarction


At CARE Hospitals, we follow the given procedure for TIPS. 

  • Ultrasound images are used to insert a vascular sheath into the right atrium for measuring pressure in the beginning. 

  • An angiographic catheter is inserted into a targeted hepatic vein and hepatic venography is performed. 

  • A curved TIPS puncture needle is inserted into the hepatic vein with its surrounding sheath. 

  • In the case of the right hepatic vein to right portal vein beach stent, the TIPS is rotated anteriorly and inserted inferiorly through liver tissues to the targeted site. 

  • A portal venogram is performed to confirm portal vein cannulation. 

  • A guidewire is inserted through the TIPS needle in the splenic or mesenteric vein to ensure portal vein access. 

  • The angiographic catheter is inserted in the portal vein for pressure management. 

  • A balloon catheter is used to dilate the space through liver tissues. 

  • A vascular sheath is inserted through the space in the portal vein branch. 

  • Portal pressures are measured to get the desired reduction in the portosystemic gradient. 

  • Venography is performed to look for complications. 

Percutaneous (Non-vascular) Interventions 

It includes percutaneous liver biopsy. It is done either with the use of ultrasound or CT image guidance. This is an accurate and reliable method to acquire liver tissues for disease assessments. Liver biopsy is further classified into;

  • Non-focal or non-targeted liver biopsy

  • Focal or targeted liver biopsy. 

People suffering from the following conditions can go for percutaneous interventions. 

  • Cirrhosis

  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). 

  • Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. 

  • Primary biliary cirrhosis 

  • Abnormal liver functions

  • Hepatic storage disorders like Wilson disease and hemochromatosis. 

  • Indeterminate liver lesion. 

  • Liver metastasis 

The procedure is not performed under the following circumstances. 

  • Uncooperative patient

  • Abnormal coagulation indices

  • Ascites

  • Extrahepatic biliary obstruction 

The complications or risks associated with the liver biopsy are listed below:

  • Pain

  • Infection

  • Bile leakage 

  • Catheter blockage 


The procedure of Liver Biopsy followed by the doctors of CARE Hospitals is given below:

Before Procedure

  • The doctors take a written and signed consent form from the patient.

  • Before getting started with the technique, doctors assess the patient by performing laboratory tests like Complete Blood Count (CBC) test and by seeing the coagulation profile.

During Procedure

  • Ultrasound is the technique approached in guiding the liver biopsy. 

  • Before the procedure, the liver is assessed with ultrasound to determine the entry point and position of the needle.

  • A wedge is used behind the patient's back for oblique positioning.

  • The marking of the entrance point on the skin helps in cleaning and dressing the skin.

  • The doctors then monitor the place with the help of haemodynamic monitoring.

  • During this stage, a time-out is performed.

  • To ensure asepsis, the skin site is draped and prepped.

  • Local anaesthesia is permeated under the skin abdominal wall.

  • An entrance point is made with the help of a scalpel.

  • The freehand technique is used in which the needle is advanced in the guidance of ultrasound during the biopsy. 

  • An ultrasound examination for perihepatic haemorrhage is performed after the procedure.

After Procedure

  • After the procedure, the patient is kept under observation and complete bed rest is advised to him.

  • Active questioning regarding the pain and bleeding of the patient is done after every half an hour.

  • During this observation period, the doctors get ample opportunity to identify and treat any complication that arises after the completion of the procedure.

  • The patient is discharged when there are stable observations. There should be no evidence of instability of haemodynamic, pain, shortness of breath and bleeding while giving discharge to the patient. 

How Can CARE Hospitals Help?

The experienced team of doctors at the CARE Hospitals use modern and advanced surgical procedures for Vascular and Non-vascular hepatobiliary Interventions. We follow international treatment protocols to provide the best results to the patients. The trained staff provide end-to-end care to the patients for their better and fast recovery. The hospital also furnishes the patients with personalised treatment options and uses minimally invasive procedures during their treatment.

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