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For physicians referring new patients to our practice, we have conveniently attached a New Patient Referral Form, which can be downloaded, filled out, and faxed back to our office. We have included a fax cover sheet for ease of return.

Our hope is that this form will streamline the process of referring new patients. Our goal is to make referrals to our practice hassel free.

We realize that many of our new patient referrals have complex liver and medical problems, and need urgent care, and thus expidited appointments. We need to hear from you if appointments are URGENT. We have the ability to accomodate these patients within 24 hours of the first call to us.

Call our staff at 713-794-0700 to make an appointment.

When calling, clearly state that the patient needs an urgent appointment. This may be related to the following problems, including:

  • Recent complication of cirrhosis including bleeding esophageal varices
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Ascites and or spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP)
  • Newly diagnosed liver cancer (hepatoma) or other liver tumor/malignancy
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Recent hospitalization for a liver related complication
  • Need for liver transplant evaluation
  • Refractory ascites
  • Consideration for TIPSS
  • Severe protein-calorie malnutrition
  • Other clinical concers you have not mentioned here

Thank you for referring your patient to Liver Specialists of Texas!

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.