Cirrhosis is a late-stage complication of liver disease in which the liver is damaged and scarred. This can be caused by many forms of liver diseases and conditions, such as hepatitis and chronic alcohol abuse.

The liver carries out several necessary functions, including detoxifying harmful substances in your body, cleaning your blood and making vital nutrients. Damage done by cirrhosis to this vital organ cannot be undone, but if it diagnosed and treated early, further damage can be limited. Advanced cirrhosis can be life-threatening.

Cirrhosis Symptoms

Cirrhosis often has no signs or symptoms until liver damage is extensive. When symptoms do occur, they may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Bleeding easily
  • Bruising easily
  • Itchy skin
  • Yellow discoloration in the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Fluid accumulation in your abdomen (ascites)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Swelling in your legs
  • Weight loss
  • Confusion, drowsiness, and slurred speech (hepatic encephalopathy)
  • Spider-like blood vessels on your skin

Early detection of cirrhosis is crucial. If you have persistent signs or symptoms of cirrhosis, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bhatti in Chaska or Edina, MN.

How is Cirrhosis Diagnosed?

Dr. Bhatti may confirm the diagnosis of cirrhosis with:

  • a medical and family history
  • a physical exam
  • a blood test
  • imaging tests
  • a liver biopsy

How is Cirrhosis Treated?

Treatment for cirrhosis depends on the cause of the disease and whether complications are present. In the early stages, the goals are to slow the progression of tissue scarring in the liver and prevent complications. As cirrhosis progresses, a person may need additional treatments and hospitalization to manage complications. Treatment may include:

  • avoiding alcohol and illegal substances
  • vaccinations and medication for hepatitis A and B, which can cause cirrhosis to worsen
  • medications for cirrhosis-related complications
  • banding, treating varices (enlarged veins in lower esophagus)
  • ERCP, to remove gallstones
  • a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy for liver cancer
  • a liver transplant

Minnesota Cirrhosis Surgeon

If you are suffering from cirrhosis, contact Dr. Bhatti to schedule an appointment for treatment. Dr. Bhatti is board-certified and has decades of experience treating patients throughout the state of Minnesota. Our primary clinics are located in Edina and Chaska.

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Chaska GI Clinic

1457 White Oak Dr
Chaska, MN 55318

Phone: 952-368-3800
Fax: 952-368-3801

St. Francis Regional Medical Center

1515 St. Francis Ave. #250
Shakopee, MN 55379

Phone: 952-368-3800
Fax: 952-368-3801

Edina GI Clinic

6600 France Ave S, Suite 660
Edina, MN 55435

Phone: 952-368-3800
Fax: 952-368-3801