Liver disease affects about 10% of people in the United States. Capitol GI in Roseville, California, provides comprehensive care for acute and chronic liver disease. The board-certified gastroenterologists take a collaborative approach, working closely with you and your primary care provider to improve liver health. Learn more about liver disease care at Capitol GI by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today. Telehealth visits are available.
Liver disease refers to any health problem that affects the structure or function of your liver.
Your liver performs many functions that support overall health and well-being. It removes toxins from your blood, makes bile to help digest fat, and stores energy.
Liver disease is acute or chronic. If you have chronic liver disease, you may develop permanent scarring that significantly impairs your liver’s ability to perform its vital functions, putting your life at risk.
There are many types of liver disease. Some of the more common types Capitol GI treats include:
Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. This type of liver disease is most often caused by a virus. Hepatitis C is the most common form of viral hepatitis.
Some people with hepatitis C have acute liver disease that resolves within six months. However, many people have chronic hepatitis C that causes permanent liver damage when left untreated.
Cirrhosis means you have permanent scarring of the liver, leading to liver failure — a life-threatening condition that requires a liver transplant.
A fatty liver means your liver has an excess amount of fat due to alcohol (alcohol-related fatty liver disease) or other health conditions, such as obesity, causing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
It’s possible to have liver disease and not have any symptoms until you have permanent liver damage. Common symptoms of liver disease include:
Unlike other organs, your liver can regenerate. Early diagnosis and treatment of liver disease may prevent permanent damage.
Treatment for liver disease depends on the type and the severity of your liver damage. Your gastroenterologist at Capitol GI discusses your condition with you and your treatment plan. In general, Capitol GI recommends eating a balanced diet, avoiding alcohol, and maintaining a healthy weight.
For hepatitis C, your provider prescribes antiviral medications that eliminate the virus, reducing the risk of liver damage.
For cirrhosis, the gastroenterologists at Capitol GI prescribe medications to manage symptoms and may put you on the liver transplant list.
Schedule your liver disease evaluation at Capitol GI by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.