If you have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), we can help.
Doctors at the UPMC FLOW are experts in treating people with this disease.
While most people link liver problems to drinking too much alcohol, one in three Americans have NAFLD. It occurs when large amounts of fat build up in the liver.
If doctors catch it early, you can often reverse NAFLD with lifestyle changes such as increased exercise and healthy eating.
People who are overweight or have diabetes are at the highest risk for this type of liver disease.
Left untreated, people with NAFLD can get nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
NASH is a severe form of fatty liver disease that leads to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and, in time, liver failure.
You may not know you have NAFLD, as the symptoms can be like those of other diseases.
Common symptoms of NAFLD include:
Doctors at the UPMC FLOW Clinic assess, diagnose, and treat people with NAFLD.
To confirm a diagnosis of NAFLD, most people will have a liver biopsy.
But at our clinic, we use cutting-edge, noninvasive imaging techniques. In most cases, these techniques let doctors diagnose NAFLD without the need for a liver biopsy.
These tools also help doctors stage your liver disease, which allows them to prescribe a treatment plan to meet your needs.
Sadly, there's no quick fix or cure for fatty liver disease.
To start, your doctors will suggest lifestyle changes to reverse NAFLD.
These changes include:
If lifestyle changes don't help your symptoms, the next step is to try weight-loss drugs.
And if that doesn't work, your doctor may suggest gastric bypass or gastric sleeve weight loss surgery as a last resort.
The doctors at the UPMC FLOW Clinic strictly focus on caring for people with fatty liver disease.