Overview

Our Team

The multi-disciplinary clinical team at Gleneagles Global Health City (GGHC) has a holistic vision for liver care. The liver is a complex organ. Its care involves the coordinated teamwork of a large number of specialists to provide the best clinical outcomes for patients. Internationally recognized for being one of the world’s most comprehensive multi-disciplinary disease-management centers, GGHC is one of the best hospitals for the treatment of liver diseases in Asia.

Our multi-disciplinary team includes specialists in

Hepatology

Our doctors specialize in the diagnosis and management of a range of diseases that damage the liver and affect liver function. These include lifestyle diseases like fatty liver disease, infectious diseases like viral hepatitis and associated conditions like portal hypertension and liver failure.

Liver & Pancreatic Surgery

Liver and pancreatic surgery is complex and is performed by highly-trained specialists. Surgical procedures include the removal of liver and pancreatic tumors both in children and adults, repair of congenital malformations and transplantation of failing organs. We provide comprehensive care from initial evaluation and diagnosis, pre-and post-operative care and post-discharge follow-up to all our patients.

Liver anaesthesia & intensive care

Patients with liver diseases frequently have altered physiology affecting the heart, lungs and kidneys. Our specialized liver transplant anesthesiologists and intensive care specialists are trained to predict problems before they can occur and deal with them effectively during surgery and in the post-operative period. Aided with the most up-to-date medical equipment, our team provides 24X7 care for critically ill patients undergoing liver transplantation or suffering from acute liver failure and acute pancreatitis.

Liver nursing & rehabilitation

Our team of highly trained nursing and paramedical staff provide a comprehensive post-operative care program, with round-the-clock care of patients on their road to recovery. Our team of physiotherapy and rehabilitation experts and nutritionists will help patients recover quickly and completely so that they can get back to everyday life.

Liver allied specialties

A wide array of specialists in diagnostic and interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, radiotherapy and pathology work seamlessly with the liver team in diagnosing and treating complex liver and pancreatic problems. These specialists are aided by state of the art equipment and fully equipped labs and treatment suites.

Why Choose Us?

Gleneagles Global Health City has one of the largest liver transplantation departments in Asia. Located in Chennai, we have decades of experience treating thousands of patients successfully every year.

 
 
 

About The Liver

The liver is the largest internal organ in the body. It is located in the right upper part of the abdomen and is mostly covered and protected by the ribcage. It performs many vital functions, including processing fats, fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrients, producing bile, filtering toxins from the blood, producing blood-clotting proteins, and regulating the immune response.

Functions Of The Liver

  • Processing and uptake of major nutrients from our food.
  • Maintaining sufficient levels of nutrients in the blood even during fasting.
  • Detoxification of numerous byproducts produced in the body on a daily basis.
  • Manufacturing of several essential proteins that helps in the clotting of blood.
  • Production of bile which helps in the absorption of fat, cholesterol and vitamins.
  • Acts as a filter that removes harmful bacteria and toxins from the blood.
  • Plays a significant role in regulating our immune responses and protecting against infections.

Tips To Keep Your Liver Healthy

  • Maintain a healthy weight - This can help avoid fatty liver disease.
  • Eat a balanced diet - Avoid excessive cholesterol and unhealthy fats, which can cause fatty liver. Include adequate quantities of fiber and protein in your diet with your carbs. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
  • Cut down your alcohol consumption - Alcohol is harmful to your liver. If you drink alcohol, stay within the safe limits. If you have been diagnosed with any liver condition, stop drinking immediately.
  • Watch out for painkillers - Painkillers can put a lot of stress on the liver, so be careful when consuming them. Overconsumption could cause liver damage.
  • Maintain good hygiene - Wash your hands frequently and especially before eating to avoid viral hepatitis.
  • Get yourself and your family vaccinated for hepatitis B
  • Practice safe sex and do not use injectable drugs
  • Drink coffee - Drinking coffee appears to reduce the risk of liver disease.

Symptoms Of Liver Disease

Abdominal pain

Abdominal pain can feel like cramps, aches, shooting pains, or constant dull pain. Abdominal pain is a general symptom that could be caused by any of the organs in the abdomen, including the liver, pancreas, gall bladder or spleen (upper right abdomen).

Abdominal lump

An abdominal lump is a malformation on the stomach. The lump may be caused by a hernia, tumor, inflammation of a lymph node or a hematoma.

Ascites (fluid in the abdomen)

Ascites is the abnormal build-up of fluid in the abdominal cavity. Ascites cause symptoms such as bloated belly, shortness of breath, increased weight and abdominal discomfort.

Fatty liver

Fatty liver occurs when too much fat builds up in the liver. It is related to obesity, type-2 diabetes and other disorders associated with insulin resistance.

Hepatic coma (Encephalopathy)

Hepatic encephalopathy is brain damage caused by an excess of toxins in the body which happens due to poor liver function.

Gastrointestinal bleeding

Gastrointestinal bleeding occurs due to damage to the inner linings of the digestive tract. The blood often appears in the stools or vomit but isn’t always visible.

Jaundice

The most apparent symptom of jaundice is the yellowing of the eyes and the skin. The bodily fluids may also change color. The stools become pale, and the urine becomes very dark.

Pedal edema (swelling of feet)

Pedal edema is due to excess fluid accumulation.

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A consultation with our panel of doctors, specialists and surgeons will help you determine what kind of services you may need to help diagnose and treat your condition. If you or someone in your family or friend’s circle are facing any health issues, please get in touch with us, we are here for you.