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Treatments and Procedures

The treatment protocols for hepatic diseases vary with the type of disorder but basic principles are often similar. Medical therapy, supportive care and transplants are often employed for more serious liver conditions. Although at early stages, lifestyle changes can ensure full recovery owing to the regenerative properties of the liver.

These include:

  • Reducing or regulating the consumption of alcohol. An effective strategy is to fix a weekly limit and keep the period between the drinks as far away as possible.
  • Avoid recreational drugs and consume therapeutic drugs only when necessary.
  • Reduce the intake of certain foods such as processed meat, processed carbohydrates and foods containing high concentrations of fructose and trans-fats.
  • Exercise regularly. It is recommended to get more than 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 days a week.
  • Cut down on caloric intake, if overweight.

Diagnosis of Liver diseases

It is not practical to diagnose a liver disease on the basis of symptoms alone as they overlap with numerous other conditions. There are specific screening techniques that can be utilised to detect liver disease.

These include:

  • Blood tests:
    The idea is to measure the time it takes for blood to clot. The longer the period, the higher the likelihood of liver disease as it is involved in the clotting mechanism.
  • Imaging tests:
    Non-invasive imaging technology such as ultrasounds, CT and MRI scans can be used to generate images of the liver thereby helping the doctor to make a diagnosis.
  • Liver biopsy:
    This involves the removal of a tiny piece of liver tissue which is examined to determine the state of liver health.

Acute liver failure is one of the most severe and life-threatening illnesses and requires intensive care. Dr. Rela Institute & Medical Centre is equipped with the latest technology to tackle the disease and our doctors are leading figures in liver treatment throughout the country. We have intensive care units that are dedicated exclusively to liver patients and our team is helmed by Professor Mohammed Rela whose extensive experience includes more than 4000 liver transplant surgeries.

Advanced & Upcoming treatment options

Dr. Rela Institute & Medical Centre seeks to incorporate novel and modern forms of treatment in order to treat liver diseases such as acute liver failure. We believe that our patients should be entitled to all the options of treatment. This is why Dr. Rela Institute & Medical Centre is one of the foremost hepatic treatment centres in the country.

An advanced and new treatment that has shown promise for countering acute liver failure is High-Volume Plasma Exchange or HVPE. This is particularly effective against autoimmune disorders which cause liver diseases. It involves the replacement of a certain percentage of blood plasma with fresh frozen blood plasma. This method of treatment is still at the early stage and has shown immense therapeutic potential with no adverse side effects.

Another emerging medical technology is the use of support devices that mimic liver function. These include artificial and bioartificial support systems. They perform detoxification similar to that of the liver. These support devices are still under trial and more data is needed to conclusively determine their efficacy.

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