If you have a liver disease, traveling for monitoring and treatment can be both draining and stressful. At Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, our convenient West St. Louis County location and comprehensive care allow you to focus on what matters the most: your treatment and recovery.
Liver Disease Care at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital: Why Choose Us
We bring together expert surgeons from Washington University and BJC Medical Group to care for your liver condition. Our relationship with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, a national leader in medicine, also makes it possible for our patients to receive the comprehensive care they need when they need it the most.
- Advanced treatments: Among many therapies, we offer the latest oral medications for Hepatitis C.
- Access to clinical trials: Through our relationship with the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, we provide exceptional care for liver cancer. Washington University is an international leader in cancer treatment, research, prevention, education and community outreach. Learn more about the liver cancer clinical trials being conducted at Siteman.
- Comprehensive diagnostic tools: Our doctors use sophisticated techniques, including endoscopic ultrasound, that provide highly detailed images of your liver.
Types of Liver Disease We Treat
Our Washington University physicians treat most types of liver disease right here at our own facility. Our physicians diagnose and treat:
What is Liver Disease?
Liver disease is a broad term that refers to any medical condition affecting the liver. The liver is the second largest organ in the body. It performs many vital functions, such as filtering impurities from the blood.
Many medical issues can affect the liver and its ability to function. Viruses, alcohol use and diet are a few things that can damage the liver and cause it to become inflamed.
If the liver becomes inflamed and is not treated, it will begin to form scar tissue. Over time, scar tissue will stop the liver from functioning properly. Liver disease should be treated as early as possible to avoid scarring of the organ.
Liver Disease Symptoms
Liver disease does not always produce symptoms, but when it does, they may include:
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the white parts of the eyes)
- Pain in the upper-right area of the abdomen
- Distention (bloating) of the abdomen
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist, call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314.542.WEST (9378) or toll-free at 844.542.9378.
We are conveniently located just one mile west of I-270 on Olive Blvd., at Olive and Mason in Creve Coeur, Missouri - a west county suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Get directions to our hospital.