Liver Disease Specialist

Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia LLC

Gastroenterologists located in Macon, Gray, Warner Robins, and Milledgeville, GA

As many as 4.5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with liver disease. The condition can develop from a range of causes, but if not properly managed, it can lead to serious health complications and even liver failure. At Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia, the board-certified gastroenterologists take a proactive approach to care and use cutting-edge diagnostic tools and techniques to treat your liver disease. For a consultation, call the Macon, Georgia, office today.

Liver Disease Q & A

What is liver disease?

Liver disease is a general term that describes damage to your liver. Your liver is responsible for removing toxins from your blood, helping you digest food, and storing energy for later use. If you have liver disease, your liver may not be able to perform these functions, which can affect your overall health.

What causes liver disease?

Liver disease can develop from many causes. Some of the most common include:

  • Inherited condition
  • Viral infection 
  • Chronic alcohol use
  • Liver cancer

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that can lead to inflammation of your liver and permanent liver damage. Until recently, treatment for hepatitis C required weekly medication that caused many side effects. However, with advances in medical care, you can now cure your hepatitis C within six months with a new antiviral medication.

What are the symptoms of liver disease?

The symptoms of liver disease may vary depending on the cause of liver damage. Common symptoms include:

  • Jaundice (yellowing) of the skin or eyes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Leg and ankle edema
  • Dark urine
  • Pale or bloody stool

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact the team at Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia for an evaluation. Getting treatment early may help prevent permanent liver damage.

What can I expect during a liver disease evaluation?

The team at Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia conducts a comprehensive examination when you come to the office with symptoms indicative of liver disease. During your evaluation, the team reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam.

The team may also request diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your liver disease, which may include urinalysis and blood work. To assess the extent of liver damage and help direct your treatment plan, the team may also do a liver biopsy.

What are the treatments for liver disease?

The team at Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia develops personalized plans for the treatment of liver disease based on the underlying cause and the extent of the damage. Treatment may include:

  • Disease-specific medication
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Abstinence from alcohol
  • Weight loss

If your liver disease has caused severe liver damage or you’re in liver failure, then the team may talk to you about a liver transplant.

If you have concerns about liver health or liver disease, contact Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia by phone today.