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Welcome to the Liver Specialists of Texas newsletter of upcoming events, and health information

Podcast Introduction
Podcasting has become an important part of the internet experience. From this website, our plan is to have topical and content relevant podcasts covering common topics in liver disease and digestive health, plus discussions including research, practice management and patient satisfaction, nutrition, exercise and aspects of wellness. Visit often as new episodes will be added regularly. Your feedback on the content we post, and topics you would like to hear about are very important to us.

Podcast: Sodium Content In Food - Patients Beware
The sodium content in food is very important to those individuals with liver disease.
Hepatitis C Risk Factors Discussed
In this podcast, Dr. Galati outlines the various risk factors for hepatitis C. Risk Factors for hepatitis C include: PERSONS RISK OF INFECTION TESTING RECOMMENDED? Injecting drug users High Yes Recipients of clotting factors made before 1987 High Yes Hemodialysis patients Intermediate Yes Recipients of blood and/or solid organs before 1992 ... [More Info]
Dr. Galati Discussed New Patient Evaluations
Dr. Galati discusses in this podcast issues related to being a new patient in the practice, Liver Specialists of Texas. He talks about getting old records prior to the visit and other tips to have an meaningful visit with him and his staff.
Improving Your Patient Experience with Jeff Toal
Dr. Joe Galati and Jeff Toal, Practice Administrator for Liver Specialists of Texas, discuss patient responsibilities and what can be done to have the best experience while being a patient in our practice. The key to any practice experience is to be prepared. Requesting old medical records before the visit will allow Dr. Galati and his staff to review records, and have a better idea of what testing has already been performed. This will lead to a more efficient evaluation, but also reduce... [More Info]
Pod Cast: Liver Biopsy Information
Liver biopsy is a very useful tool in the diagnosis and management of patients with liver disease. Dr. Galati in the pod cast reviews various aspects of the procedure.
Interferon Side Effect Management: Part 1
Currently, Interferon and Ribavirin are the two medications, used in combination, to treat chronic hepatitis C. The course of therapy is usually 48 weeks. It is well known that interferon and ribavirin are associated with a number of side efffects. Despite this, therapy can be completed with minimal disruption. Over the years, Dr. Galati has learned that a well educated patient on the management of the side effects is the best option to complete therapy successfully. In the pod cast, Dr.... [More Info]
Transcript of Liver Fibrosis Article from Hepatitis Magazine 2007
Fibrosis of the Liver: A Commonly Used Term with Great Misunderstanding for the Patient Joseph S. Galati, M.D. Liver Specialists of Texas January 2007 A day does not go by where I find myself sitting with a patient explaining what fibrosis of the liver is. In most situations, patients have a hint of what fibrosis is, but they are unfamiliar with the other words that can be substituted for fibrosis, which might include scarring, scar tissue, collagen, connective tissue, or... [More Info]
Hepatitis C and the Web
A day does not go by in my practice where a patient and/or their family members do not present me with information on a particular disease that they obtained from the internet. This is a very powerful tool that patients have available to them. In most cases, going to the internet is a worthwhile experience. Though in some select cases, going to the internet and looking up a particular disease or problem may have a significantly negative impact. Over the years, I have seen numerous patients who... [More Info]

Practice Guidelines in Liver Disease
In this section, I have selected key practice guidelines related to the management of patients with acute and chronic liver disease. These articles are written by experts in the field of hepatology, and should serve as introductory guidelines to these disorders. These articles have been made available to the public courtesy of the Americas Association of the Study of Liver Disease and its associated medical societies.

These practice guidelines are available on the web for the purpose of patient information and to assist physicians that are confronted with patients with these disorders. The promotion of quality medical care is the goal of these guidelines.
Dr. Galati's Blog
View Dr. Galti's Blog on Liver and Wellness where he discusses a wide range of topics. There is the ability to comment back and start a discussion on these important topics.

Listen every Sunday evening to Your Health First - hosted by Dr. Galati on
News Radio 740 KTRH at 7:00 p.m. where he discusses all aspects of health, wellness, and preventive disease.  

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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.