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Liver Treatment/ Hepatology

Hepatology is a medical stream & a sub-specialty of gastroenterology comprising detailed study and treatments of liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas disorders. The specialist who is solely associated with this field is called hepatologists. These specialists deal with viral hepatitis and alcohol-linked liver diseases.

Liver Treatment/Hepatology

Hepatitis leads to inflamed liver and can progress to fibrosis, cirrhosis or liver cancer. Hepatitis virus, certain infections, alcohol & drug consumption and autoimmune diseases cause hepatitis. The Hepatitis virus is classified as type A, B, C, D and E. Millions of individuals worldwide are affected with Hepatitis B &C which is the main cause of liver cancer. Hepatology deals with various ailments and their treatments for liver, but after a thorough liver function evaluation.

The most common ailments that are diagnosed and managed by a Hepatologist are:

  • Jaundice
  • Liver diseases caused by excess alcohol consumption, fatty liver disease, liver cirrhosis & cancer
  • Viral hepatitis infections esp. A, B, C and E
  • Medicine overdose esp. Paracetamol
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding due to liver injury
  • Liver storage diseases caused by enzyme defects
  • Hydatid cyst, kala-azar or schistosomiasis
  • Liver transplant
  • Liver cancer
  • Genetic and metabolic liver disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Drug metabolism
  • Damaged pancreas or biliary tract due to infection, cancer, alcohol, bleeding or obstruction.

Procedures Performed by Hepatologists

 Various procedures performed by hepatologists are:

1. Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography: This method diagnoses and treats many biliary and pancreatic diseases.

2. Transhepatic Pancreato-Cholangiography: It is a type of X-ray which is used to detect obstruction in the bile ducts or liver.

3. Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt: It is a method where a channel is made to connect portal vein and hepatic vein.

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Organs Under Hepatologists Care

1. Liver:

The liver is a vital organ which is linked with the digestive system. It detoxifies metabolites, synthesizes protein & produces biochemicals that are necessary for digestion. It is found that many parasites & viruses often cause inflammation, which may reduce liver functions. If left untreated, it may lead to liver failure or a life-threatening disease. Liver transplantation is the only solution to complete liver failure.

2. Gall Bladder:

Gall Bladder is a tiny organ & shaped like a tapered sac that stores bile before releasing it into the small intestine. It holds about 100 ml of bile that helps digest fats. If the gallbladder is affected by Cholecystitis or Cholesterolosis, then hepatologists will check the wall and gallbladder for polyps or any benign growths or lesion formations.

3. Biliary Tract:

The tract comprises liver, gall bladder and bile ducts where they perform the functions of making, storing, and secreting bile. It also serves as a reservoir for intestinal tract infections. If the biliary tract is obstructed it may lead to jaundice. The symptoms are yellowing of skin & eyes.

4. Pancreas:

The pancreas is a gland organ located behind the stomach and is a part of the digestive system & the endocrine system. It is a dual-function glandular organ that produces several hormones like insulin, glucagon, somatostatin and pancreatic polypeptide. It also secretes digestive enzymes for breaking down the carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids in the chyme. If there is any damage to the pancreas then it may disturb metabolic activity. In such cases, experienced hepatologists medical intervention is needed. Other associated ailments are acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, hereditary pancreatitis & pancreatic cancer.

Why India for Hepatology?

India is a top medical destination which is preferred for cost effective liver treatments. Hepatologists here are specialists who offer precise diagnosis and treatment for the problems of the liver. Hepatologists along with Gastroenterology surgeons perform finest and successful lifesaving surgeries. The cost of surgery is just a fraction what patients pay in their country.

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Patients can happily seek unprejudiced medical opinions from specialists through Indianmedtrip about the treatment of their condition along with vacationing in India. IndianMedTrip offers cost-effective medical treatment packages for Hepatology from top trusted hospitals in India. These hospitals are internationally accredited that render world-class medical facilities and special personalized care. Associated Gastroenterologists and hepatologists are highly qualified and skilled in their respective specialty. The Indianmedtrip medical tourism packages include post or preoperative consultation with doctors, surgery appointment, accommodation, travel, and sightseeing.

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