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Fortis Centre for Hepatobiliary Sciences and Liver Transplant

If you are able to live it up healthily, the liver should be given all the credit. This marvellous organ is responsible in flushing out all the toxins from your body, filtering blood before circulation, regulating blood sugar and cholesterol levels, allowing you to absorb the vital nutrients for your healthy existence. The liver is the largest internal organ in the body and does the incredible work of a huge factory that involves making proteins, triglycerides and cholesterol, producing bile, assisting in glycogen synthesis as well as glycogen synthesis.

At Fortis Centre for Hepatobiliary Sciences and Liver Transplant the experienced team of liver specialists ensures the best treatment for your liver and the associated organs such as pancreas, biliary tree and gall bladder. When these organs are afflicted with common diseases including Hepatitis A and B, fatty liver, cirrhosis and even cancer, the hepatologists rise to the occasion to diagnose and treat the diseases in the best possible methods.

The Liver Transplant team comprises highly qualified and skilled hepatologists who are equipped with the agility and precision to conduct liver transplants when this incredibly hardworking organ gives up functioning to its maximum capacity.

Hepatology

A happy and healthy liver is a sign of a healthy body. Situated on the right side of the body, its main role is to filter the blood before distributing it to the rest of the body. It is also responsible in helping your fight infections and build up your immunity levels. Hepatology then, is the study and treatment of all conditions that affect the liver, biliary tract and organs, the pancreas and gall bladder.  Hepatologists or liver specialists at Fortis Centre for Hepatobiliary Sciences and Liver Transplant treat all liver problems, both common and chronic ones with the same dedication and expertise.

From the common viral Hepatitis A and jaundice to the serious conditions such as gastrointestinal bleeding, pancreatitis caused by gallstones , fatty liver disease, Hepatitis B and C which are the common causes of liver cancer, the liver specialists are adept at treating them with precision. The complicated conditions include alcohol induced diseases of cirrhosis and pancreatitis that often require a transplant.

Non-alcoholic Fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

The wondrous liver is adept at flushing out poisonous substances from the body. But, it cannot handle fat deposits. This is why when your diet is laden with fat and this unhealthy dietary habit accumulates abnormal amounts of fat over the years, it leads to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. This disease is usually a metabolic disorder leading to obesity and diabetes. All that this disease requires is a little handholding by the liver specialists at Fortis Centre for Hepatobiliary Sciences and Liver Transplant who will put you on a healthy diet and exercise regimen for weight loss. Only in extremely morbid cases where losing weight is difficult, bariatric surgery for weight loss is recommended and conducted under the expert eye of the bariatric surgeons.

Alcoholic liver disease

The liver has magnificent capability to detox itself to a certain limit. It is the most resilient organ that helps ward off infections and regenerates itself. However, alcohol can be a burden on it because each time it filters alcohol, the liver cells die. While new cells are recreated each time, consumption of alcohol over the years can do serious damage to the liver.  And if it is already a fatty liver, alcohol can be fatal. While a liver function test in time can diagnose the condition, it rarely shows up symptoms till very late.

Liver Cirrhosis and Ascites

Alcohol has adverse effects on the liver. It can singularly scar the liver and cause irreparable damage, endangering your life. With extreme alcohol abuse, the liver can develop cirrhosis, often not reversible.  According to the team of expert hepatologists at Fortis Centre of Hepatobiliary Sciences and Liver Transplant, a person who has alcohol-related cirrhosis and doesn’t stop consuming alcohol has a less than 50 percent chance of surviving for five more years.

In most cases of cirrhosis, there is an accumulation of fluids in the abdominal cavity causing Ascites. This is a sign that the liver is failing. A person developing ascites has a very low survival chance and the only option to resort to save the patient is a liver transplant.

Viral Hepatitis B or C

The liver can be afflicted by five viral infections categorized as Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. While Hepatitis A is caused by eating contaminated food and water, Hepatitis B is transmitted through body fluids infected with the virus. This infectious virus is spread in infected blood, semen and vaginal secretions and can cause scarring of the liver, liver failure, liver cancer, and even death. Unprotected sex is the commonest cause for the spread of this infection.

The Hepatitis C virus causes the Hepatitis C infection which is spread through contaminated blood. The most common ways of getting infected is if you have been pierced with a needle contaminated with infected blood, had a tattoo in an unsterile environment, etc. Since it shows up no symptoms for years, Hepatitis C infection can cause liver cirrhosis advancing to liver failure, and liver cancer.

Liver Failure

The liver is a wonderfully strong organ that keeps you in the pink of health and rarely fails you. However, it has its way of protesting till it’s pushed beyond its capacity. Liver failure is of two types – acute and chronic. Acute liver failure is caused by ingesting poisons, or auto-immune diseases causing inflammation and injury to the liver. Chronic liver failure is occurs gradually over the years when the liver is damaged or scarred, caused usually by cirrhosis. Both of them left untreated can be fatal.

Auto immune Hepatitis and Wilson Disease

Keeping the body safe from infections and building up its immunity is one of the liver’s primary functions. However, due to some unknown reasons, the liver’s capacity to fight out infections may not be on top mode and the body’s immune system may attack the liver’s healthy cells, causing inflammation and severe damage. This can happen over time without any symptoms. In some, it can exacerbate into cirrhosis and end-stage liver failure.

Wilson Disease

Our body needs vital proteins and minerals from natural food to function healthily.  The liver filters copper and releases the extra mineral into the bile. However, some genetic disorders can come in the way of the liver functioning to full capacity and prevents it from filtering the copper content. This causes a build-up of copper in the liver, eyes and brain.  This copper poisoning if not diagnosed and treated in time can be fatal.

Liver Transplant Programme

The liver is a naturally resilient and powerful organ that fulfills all our body’s requirements to stay healthy. But, there are unfortunate circumstances that can cause damage to the liver, requiring patients to go in for a brand new liver. The best part of the liver is that even a piece of a liver from a donor can be enough to give the patient new life.

And who best to know when you or a loved one requires a transplant than the liver experts at Fortis Centre for Hepatobiliary Sciences and Liver Transplant? Our dedicated team of specialists gently assists you through the various stages leading to a successful transplant. Right from counseling both, the donor and recipient families on the procedure, to the transplant programme details, treatment, and rehabilitation.

 

Hepatologists and Liver Transplant Surgeons