Hepatitis C Clinic
Hepatitis C is a virus which affects the liver.
The liver is the largest internal organ located underneath the rib cage on the right side of your body. It has many important functions which some of them include removing toxins from drugs and alcohol, stopping cuts from bleeding, making energy, protecting us from germs, helping digest food, detoxifying pollutants and making immune factors. In all it has over 250 functions.
Hepatitis C can cause damage to the liver which can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, liver cancer and the need for liver transplant. A person may not know that they have hepatitis C or liver disease until they go to their primary care physician and the lab tests reveal abnormal liver function levels. After reviewing the lab tests, the primary physician may ask for a consultation with the liver specialist.
More tests may be ordered and then you and your Hepatologist will discuss the best plan of care of you. If the plan includes treatment for Hepatitis C, you and your doctor will discuss some life style modifications to make sure your liver is at its healthiest state prior to treatment.
We offer a hepatitis C education class that helps the patient and family understand how the hepatitis C affects the liver, what therapy is available, how long the treatment, what side effects that the patient may experience and the schedule for lab work and office visits. This is a team effort which includes the patient, patient's support including family and friends, physicians and nurses. Hepatitis C can be cured. It's not easy, but with the right level of commitment and the right response to medications, it can happen!