Hepatology

Liver cancer is one of the most often sought complications generally covered under Hepatology. Decisions about the best possible treatment for liver cancer can only be taken after evaluating how your liver is functioning. When your doctor refers your case to TRAVCURE, we at TRAVCURE provide you with the best options from our various affiliated Hepatologists – the best in the field. Your case will be examined by the entire hepatology team as to the condition of your liver, tumor & liver disease. After this, the most effective treatment plan for your medical problems concerning the hepatic system will be drawn up and discussed with you.

What is Hepatology?

Hepatology branch of medicine incorporates study of liver, pancreas, gallbladder & biliary tract & management of associated disorders. Traditionally considered as sub-specialty of gastroenterology, rapid advances in hepatology medicine & hepatology surgery have led this establish as branch in its own right. Hepatologists around the world are now treating a variety of ailments specifically relating to this subject. Main reason for patients seeking specialist advice includes diseases & complications relating to viral hepatitis. More than 2 billion people are reported to have been infected with hepatitis B virus during their lifetime. About 350 million people across various nationalities have eventually become persistent carriers.

Cost of Hepatology Treatment in India

India is an ideal destination to resolve your hepatology related problems. Hepatology medicine & hepatology surgery is efficiently treated by expert specialists on the subject. Hepatology surgery in India is technically one of the best in the world. Coming at a fraction of the cost of what you need to pay in the west, this could be your ideal option when you require hepatology surgery for sustainable healthcare.

Hepatology Treatments in India with TRAVCURE

With more people now consuming alcohol, number of cases with cirrhosis & related complications is commensurately increasing. With 80% of liver cancers attributed to hepatitis B & hepatitis C viruses, specialist advice in treatments is all the more desired. However, with widespread implementation of vaccination & strict screening before blood transfusion, we can hope for change in future. Nevertheless, looking at the growing number of cases with liver cancer in the present, liver transplant is fast becoming the norm. Hospitals associated with TRAVCURE in India are the best in the country to take care of your complex hepatic problems. Expert team of Hepatologists working with us are some of the best in the field who will make sure that your response to treatments are effective & well monitored.

Common Hepatology Diseases

Common hepatology diseases of liver relating to excessive alcohol consumption include liver cirrhosis, fatty liver disease & liver cancer. Viral hepatitis infections include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, & hepatitis E. Hepatitis B & hepatitis C together account for almost 80% of liver cancer cases. Other hepatology diseases include jaundice, drug overdose like paracetamol, gastrointestinal bleeding caused by portal hypertension, enzyme defects known as liver storage diseases, drug metabolism, gallstones, pancreatitis, genetic & metabolic liver diseases & damage to pancreas or biliary tract. For almost all of the above medical conditions, not any doctor but our affiliated Hepatologist is your best answer.

Liver

Associated with digestive system, liver is a vital organ for humans. Located in upper right quadrant of abdomen below the diaphragm, it performs a wide range of functions including detoxification of metabolites, protein synthesis & production of biochemicals which are necessary for digestion. Liver, as a gland, also plays a major role in metabolism. As an accessory digestive gland it produces bile which aids digestion via emulsification of lipids. Parasites & viruses are often found to infect liver causing inflammation, which reduce liver functions. Complications from liver disease vary largely depending upon causes. Untreated liver diseases may lead to liver failure & which is a life-threatening condition. Currently, there is no way to compensate for absence of liver in the long run. Liver transplantation is the only way out of complete liver failure.

Gall Bladder

Gall Bladder is a small organ which stores & concentrates bile before releasing it into small intestine. As humans can also live without gall bladder, this surgical removal is known as Cholecystectomy. Holding a capacity of about 100 ml, gall bladder is a hollow organ which sits beneath the right lobe of liver. Shaped like a tapered sac, the gall bladder is anatomically divided into three sections. Gallstone is the most common problem affecting gall bladder. These stones generally form when bile stored within is saturated with cholesterol or bilirubin. Most of these stones however, do not cause any symptoms & pass along the biliary system. Lithotripsy is a procedure which is employed to break down larger gallstones which are blocking & causing pain. Other conditions affecting gall bladder include inflammation known as Cholecystitis, Cholesterolosis affecting the gallbladder wall, & gallbladder polyps which are mostly benign growths or lesions formations in the wall.

Biliary Tract

Also known as Biliary Tree or Biliary System, Biliary Tract is the anatomical term applied to the path which carries bile from liver to the first part of small intestine called duodenum. Since it begins with several small branches ending in a common bile duct, it is quite often referred to as Biliary Tree. Biliary Tree consists of the duct, the branches of hepatic artery & portal vein forming the central axis. Bile flow is in opposite direction of blood in other two channels. Biliary Tract also serves as reservoir for intestinal-tract infections. Obstruction of Biliary Tract often results in jaundice, producing symptoms like yellowing of skin & eyes.

Pancreas

Pancreas is a dual-function glandular organ within the digestive & endocrine system of humans. Located within the abdominal cavity behind the stomach, pancreas as a digestive organ secretes pancreatic juice containing enzymes which assist digestion & absorption of nutrients in the small intestine. These enzymes subsequently break-down proteins, carbohydrates & lipids. Any damage to pancreas affects the secretion of digestive enzymes like lipase & amylase into the abdominal cavity, and thus disturbing the metabolic activities. In such cases, prompt & experienced medical intervention is needed.

As an endocrine gland pancreas produces several important hormones like insulin, somatostalin, glucagon & pancreatic polypeptide which circulate in the blood. The endocrine portion of pancreas is made up of about a million-cell cluster called islets of Langerhans. It is composed of four main cell types classified by secretions. These endocrine secretions play an imperative role in glucose metabolism by regulating blood glucose concentration levels.

Common ailments associated with pancreas include acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, hereditary pancreatitis & pancreatic cancer. However, it is possible for one to live without pancreas, provided he/she takes insulin so as to regulate blood glucose concentration & enzyme supplements to aid digestion.

 

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