Liver is a vital organ located beneath the diaphragm, on top of stomach, in the upper right portion in the abdominal cavity. It weighs about three pounds, is dark reddish brown in colour and rubbery to touch. It plays an important role in metabolism and several other functions in the body such as, regulation of glycogen storage, protein synthesis, detoxification, hormone production and decomposition of red blood cells (RBC). It also produces a vital digestive enzyme called bile, which helps in digestion.
What is Liver Failure?
The medical condition of liver failure arises when a huge portion of liver becomes so damaged that it is beyond repair. Usually, (chronic) liver failure progresses over a large period of time. But, there exists a rare medical crisis called ‘acute liver failure’ in which the liver failure happens promptly, which can be as little as 48 hours. It remains quite impossible to detect it in its early stage.
Major Causes of Liver Failure
The major factors for chronic liver failure are:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Alcohol consumption over a long time period
Symptoms of Liver Failure
The most common symptoms of liver failure are as follows:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Sudden weight loss
- Dark urine or discolored stool
- Swelling around eyes, legs and belly
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
How Important is Liver Surgery?
As of now, there is no alternative to reimburse for the missing liver in a long run. Liver dialysis may be a way to deal with liver malfunctions for a while, and is available at our premise. However, it is NOT the solution for liver failure. Since prosthetic liver are not yet developed effectively, availing proper liver treatment is vital.
Liver Treatment at Varanasi Hospital
We, at Varanasi Hospital, provide extensive diagnosis, treatment and care for various liver conditions, particularly chronic and acute liver failure. During these surgical procedures, the doctors restore all the healthy liver tissues possible and thereafter suitable medication and lifestyle is advised. Through our years of expertise and experience, we have been able to prove ourselves as a quality health care provider in the northern India.