FibroScan® is a non-invasive method of measuring the amount of fatty infiltration and scarring in your liver. It utilizes a shear wave produced through its probe to measure liver stiffness. This process is also known as Liver Ultrasonographic Elastography.
The Institute for Liver Health offers cutting edge treatments to liver disease patients via clinical trials, and delivers excellent health care with compassion.
- Board certified provider with years of liver care experience
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Our goal is to educate our patients about their liver disease and to help them to manage liver disease symptoms to improve overall quality of life.
Guidance and Counseling
Our team is dedicated to diagnosing and treating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) to helping our patients develop a treatment strategy that addresses their liver disease and meets their needs.
Patients with with the disease are scheduled for regular follow ups to assess the progression of their condition. We also establish an effective communication with their providers, creating a strong network that will provide ultimate support for the patients.
Clinical trials with innovative therapies designed to stop progression of liver injury & reverse liver damage are now underway at the Institute for Liver Health. For information on possible clinical trial participation, call us at 480 686 8874.
Part of a complex problem..
Over 80 million Americans have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). While we don’t know the exact cause, NAFLD tends to develop in people who are overweight or have diabetes or pre-diabetes (insulin resistance), high cholesterol or high triglycerides. Management of these conditions plays an important role in improving and resolving fatty liver disease.
What is the treatment for NASH?
Currently, there are no specific treatments available for NASH.
Here are some lifestyle changes that can help you to manage NASH:
- Lose weight if you are overweight or obese
Gradually weight loss, even as little as 3-5% of your body weight, can make a difference!
Liver tests, amount of fat in the liver and even scarring can improve as a result of your weight loss.
- Follow a healthy diet
Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. Avoid sweetened drinks (soda, sports drinks, sweetened teas and juice). Practice portion control. Make half your plate vegetables and try reduce the amount of processed food you eat.
- Increase your physical activity
Find an activity you enjoy so that you can stick with it. Start simply and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your activity. Try to minimize the time spent sitting every day. Aim for 30 minutes of activity daily. Keep track of minutes or steps.
There are many phone apps which can help you keep track.
- Avoid Alcohol
If you have been told you have liver disease, there is really no amount of alcohol which is considered safe for you.
Can liver damage be reversed?
The liver is a unique organ, amazing in its’ ability to regenerate and replace damaged tissue with healthy liver cells. Your liver can heal if the underlying cause of liver damage is treated and stopped. This is why it is important to identify liver disease early, before significant scarring or cirrhosis is present.
What are liver function tests?
Liver blood tests check how well the liver is working. There are many liver related blood tests that together can give us a good idea of your liver health.
ALT (Alanine Aminotransferase): Elevation of ALT helps to identify inflammation or damage to liver cells.
AST (Aspartate Aminotransferase): Done along with the ALT, the AST also helps to identify damage to the liver.
Alkaline Phosphatase: Alkaline phosphatase is an enzyme found in your bones, bile ducts, and liver. High levels of alkaline phosphatase may indicate liver damage or blockage of the bile ducts.
Bilirubin: bilirubin is a waste product from breakdown of red blood cells. It’s ordinarily processed by the liver. A damaged liver can’t efficiently process bilirubin. This leads to a high level of bilirubin in the blood, which means that the liver may have a problem.
Albumin: Albumin is the main protein made by your liver. Albumin stops fluid from leaking out of your blood vessels and transports hormones, vitamins, and other substances throughout your body. A low level of albumin indicates that your liver isn’t functioning properly.
Prothrombin Time: the liver makes the proteins which help to clot your blood. An elevated prothrombin time is a sign that your liver may be damaged.
Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency:
A genetic disease that can cause liver or lung disease. There is no treatment for alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency related liver disease. Patients who develop cirrhosis and liver failure as a results of Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency can undergo liver transplant as long as they do not also have significant lung disease.
A chronic autoimmune disease of the liver, in which the body’s immune system attacks the liver, causing inflammation and liver damage. Common symptoms include fatigue, muscle aches, and in some cases, pain in the right upper abdomen and jaundice.
An iron disorder in which the body simply stores too much iron. The excess iron, if left untreated, can damage joints and organs (including the liver, pancreas, and heart). Hemochromatosis can be genetic (inherited) or from iron overload related to chronic liver disease, long term dialysis, blood transfusions, or even excessive iron consumption through supplements or food intake.
Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that can cause mild to severe illness. The hepatitis A virus (HAV) is transmitted through contaminated food and water or through direct contact with an infected person. Almost everyone recovers fully from hepatitis A and then develops immunity. A safe and effective vaccine is available to prevent hepatitis A.
Hepatitis B (HBV) is a virus that can cause inflammation in the liver, which over time can cause liver damage. Learn much more on Hepatitus B.
Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC):
A progressive autoimmune liver disease that, if not adequately treated, may lead to severe complications. It is most common in women. With PBC, your body attacks tubes in your liver, which are called bile ducts, and causes bile to build up in the liver. Bile buildup can be toxic and can interfere with the liver’s ability to function. Pruritus (itching) and fatigue (feeling tired all over) are the most common symptoms of PB
Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis:
A liver disease in which the bile ducts in the liver become inflamed, narrowed and prevent bile from flowing properly. When bile cannot easily flow, it begins to back up. This increases the pressure within the liver causing liver cells to become inflamed. As the disease progress, liver cells die and are replace by scar tissue, which may eventually lead to cirrhosis, or a fully scarred liver.
A genetic disease that prevents the body from removing extra copper. Having high copper levels can cause life-threatening damage to the body’s organs.