In the United States, 4.5 million adults are diagnosed with liver disease, which can progress to life-threatening liver failure if left untreated. At Peak Gastroenterology Associates, with locations in Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Salida, Denver, Woodland Park, and Parker, Colorado, the experienced gastroenterology team can detect, diagnose, and treat liver disease to prevent serious complications and improve your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Peak Gastroenterology Associates over the phone or online today.
Your liver is a large organ that removes toxins, stores energy, and aids in digestion. Liver disease affects the way your liver functions.
Types of liver diseases include:
If left untreated, liver disease can lead to liver failure, a life-threatening condition that may require a liver transplant.
Common signs and symptoms that may indicate you have liver disease include:
If you experience symptoms of liver disease, schedule an evaluation with your Peak Gastroenterology Associates provider right away.
You have a higher risk of liver disease if you’re overweight, have diabetes, drink a lot of alcohol, or are exposed to chemicals or toxins regularly.
Using shared needles, getting tattoos or body piercings, having unprotected sexual intercourse, or receiving a blood transfusion before 1992 boosts your risk of contracting hepatitis.
To diagnose liver disease, your gastroenterologist reviews your symptoms and medical history. They complete a comprehensive physical exam and may use blood tests, a liver biopsy, or imaging procedures like CT scans, MRIs, or ultrasounds to confirm a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan for you.
Your liver disease treatment depends on the type and severity of your condition. The Peak Gastroenterology Associates team might recommend:
Making lifestyle changes can help you better manage liver disease. Examples include avoiding alcohol and certain medicines, adopting a nutritious diet, and weight loss if you’re overweight.
Taking certain medications can prevent complications associated with liver disease. Your gastroenterologist lets you know which medicines, if any, best suit your needs.
In more severe cases of liver disease, surgery may be necessary to repair the damage, remove part of your liver, or replace the liver with a healthy donor organ during liver transplantation.
The best way to prevent liver damage is to lead a healthy lifestyle, maintain a healthy weight, avoid risky behaviors, limit or avoid alcohol, and use medications wisely.
Don’t allow liver disease to progress to liver failure. Schedule an appointment with Peak Gastroenterology Associates over the phone or use the online booking tool.