We treat a wide range of liver diseases including:
Cirrhosis is a late stage condition where the liver does not function properly, usually due to long term damage caused by alcohol, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and non–alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Hepatitis C remains a silent epidemic throughout the United States. It is estimated that 5.3 million Americans are living with viral hepatitis and don’t even know it.
Hepatic Encephalopathy is an injury to the brain caused by cirrhosis or acute liver failure.
Fatty liver is the most common liver disease. An Estimated 30 Million Americans have fatty liver disease. Fatty liver is a diagnosis of exclusion which means we have to eliminate other types of liver disease.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. It can be caused by multiple ideologies such as excess alcohol consumption, viral infection such as Hepatitis A, B and C, and most commonly obesity, diabetes and a bad cholesterol level.
We treat all types of Liver cancer here at the Pasadena Liver Center, with a focus on cancers related to cirrhosis.
The gold standard for determining the extent of liver damage was through a liver biopsy. The procedure for a liver biopsy involves inserting a needle in between the ribs over the liver and extracting a small portion of the liver. That piece is then reviewed under a microscope and the extent of liver injury is evaluated. This is known as Fibrosis which has 4 stages. Stage 4 is cirrhosis or hardening of the liver. However, we have new technology that is able to place a probe over the liver. The stage of Fibrosis is determined without having to remove a piece of liver. This is non-invasive and causes no bodily harm to the patient. This technology is known as Fibro-Scan and uses transient elastography to measure liver stiffness. We have this technology at Pasadena Liver Center. The procedure takes about 15 minutes. The Patient needs to be fasting for 3 hours. This procedure is covered by most insurance and HMO’s.
We have a dedicated Physician Assistant who has completed over 300 FibroScans. I believe that this diagnostic tool is more accurate and it causes no bodily harm. You can schedule your FibroScan 3 times a week by appointment only.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 8:45am to 10:30am
Tuesday Afternoon – 1:00pm to 2:00pm (Outside referral or no follow up needed)