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When To Evaluate for Liver Transplant

Recently, Dr. Galati gave a presentation outlining the indications for liver transplant. Knowing WHO is a candidate for liver transplant, as well as WHEN to refer for transplant is very important. Like so many things in life, timing is everything. The full length presentation has been divided into three parts for easier viewing. Don't hesitate to call our office is you have questions regarding liver transplant. You call at 713-794-0700. Liver Transplant Evaluation: PART 1   Liver Transplant Evaluation: PART 2   Liver Transplant Evaluation: Part 3 


Fatty Liver Disease Evaluation

Dr. Galati and the Liver Specialists of Texas team are experts in the management of fatty liver disease, also called Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. We have been diagnosing and treating fatty liver since 1994. While I am not a fan of using the term “silent killer” when it comes to talking about liver disease, more and more, I do believe this is part of the conversation that I need to have with my patients. Fatty liver disease, also known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), is a true public health crisis. Considering it has very few symptoms that would tip one off that you are having trouble with your liver, all too often, this condition is underdiagnosed, undertreated, and completely unappreciated until serious life-threatening complications develop. Over the past decade, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease has become the most chronic liver …


Our Newsletter Sign-Up

Dr. Galati and his team has spent the past several months reorganizing the newsletter that he shares, which discusses a wide range of health and wellness topics with our followers. Topics include: Liver health Nutrition Cooking and recipies Exercise Disease awareness and prevention Latest medical breakthroughs Family health The newsletter will be delivered every Friday morning to your e-mail. To sign up and receive it, fill out the form here. We look forward to having you join us each week.


#LiverCancer Expert Discussion

This past week on the radio, Dr. Joe Galati interviewed Dr. Sudha Kodali and discussed all that the public needs to know about #livercancer. Knowing your risk factors will certainly reduce the risk of having serious complications from your liver disease. Risk factors for liver cancer include: Any form of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis Hepatitis B Hepatitis C Fatty liver disease Alcohol abuse Various medications Sclerosing cholangitis Knowing your risk factors is key. Call us at 713-794-077 if you have further questions.


#Addiction Updates

Dr. Howard Huang from Houston Methodist Hospital joins Dr. Galati this week and gives an update on COVID-19 and the recent infection that President Trump experience. He will discuss new therapeutics, and what lessons have been learned. Also, Becky Vance who is the president and CEO of Drug Prevention Resources, will shed light on the current state of affairs with regard to addiction and alcohol abuse. The impact of COVID-19 triggering a spike in addiction and overdoses will be discussed in detail. Addiction is such a major issue in the management of patients with liver disease that we dedicate a lot of education in this topic. Addiction impacts on liver transplant patients, and the decision to evaluate them for a life-saving transplant. If you like these podcasts, make sure that you sign up to be notified with each new episode. …


Liver Health Checkup

For years, we have been receiving phone calls and various inquiries from individuals that were concerned about the health of their liver. Maybe they were consuming too much alcohol, or they were recently told they had fatty liver disease. In other circumstances, they remember being told that a family member had hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Because of these concerns, many wanted a "check up" of their liver, but were not quite sure where to go. Some patients would come and see us as a patient, while others simply stayed away. Possibly as a result of COVID-19 and greater dialogue regarding the presence of chronic diseases, including liver disease, we’ve continue to receive calls from people looking for an inexpensive liver health checkup for themselves. Because disorders of the liver usually do not produce many symptoms, you may not even …


Tips for a Healthy Liver

Dr. Joe Galati shares his top 5 tips for a healthy liver. DOWNLOAD HERE Top 5 Tips for a Healthy Liver.  Know your ALT. Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) is an enzyme found primarily in the liver, one of the liver tests measured on your blood tests. Elevation of ALT indicates inflammation of the liver. There are numerous causes of elevated ALT, including fatty liver, hepatitis B and C, autoimmune disease, and several other metabolic and genetic disorders. Elevated ALT needs a detailed evaluation by your physician. Don’t ignore a fatty liver. Fatty liver is a leading cause of chronic liver disease, which in certain individuals, can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer. Fatty liver is due to obesity, pre-diabetes or type-2 diabetes, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, and high blood pressure. Fatty liver may have NO symptoms, and you feel well. It can be …


Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease

Obesity, and all of its related complications, is more serious than most adults in America believe. More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and certain types of cancer, are some of the leading causes of preventable death. We are seeing an increase in the number of young children and adolescents developing obesity, and all of the related complications.

The cost of obesity is staggering, with annual medical cost of obesity exceeding $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars. The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

Dr. Galati and the Liver Specialists of Texas team are dedicated to evaluate, treat, and manage all aspects of obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD and NASH), including the complication of cirrhosis and liver failure. Developing a customized plan of care for each patient they see is their objective.

Liver Transplant Resources

Dr. Galati has been involved in Liver Transplantation since 1989. As Medical Director for the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at Houston Methodist Hospital, Dr. Galati has cared for thousands of patients with advanced liver disease. In those with the most severe form of advanced liver disease and cirrhosis, liver transplantation is a life-saving surgery. For more information on liver transplantation, click here.

Indications for liver transplant include:

Online LIVER Second Opinion

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    From the comfort of your home, without the need to spend additional money on travel, lodging, and food, receive and expert second opinion from the expert physicians at Liver Specialists of Texas

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    There are five steps in the process of requesting a second opinion. We anticipate the steps will take you about 30-65 minutes to complete.

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    Have your medical records or those of your loved one on hand as you fill out the medical history questionnaire portion of the online process. The medical history questionnaire is detailed so having medical records to quickly reference will help make the process more efficient.

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    To start the process of an Online Liver Second Opinion, please fill out the initial contact form and fax back to our office. A representative from our office will call you for additional details.