Regenerative Medicine Center of Orthopedics and Other Degenerative Diseases located in Glenview, IL
Nearly four million adults are diagnosed with liver disease. This includes cirrhosis, a condition that slowly progresses to interfere with liver function. Although traditional medicine can’t cure liver cirrhosis, there are options that may help introduce improvements in the condition. Please fill out a medical review form, or call our office to learn more.
Liver Cirrhosis Q & A
What is liver cirrhosis?
When your liver is damaged by cirrhosis, healthy liver cells are replaced by fibrous tissues and inflammatory cells. It is characterized by the replacement of normal liver tissue by scar tissue. This scarring is called cirrhosis. As scar tissue replaces healthy tissue, your liver can’t continue to function.
Liver damage can develop from many different health problems, but the most common are:
- Hepatitis B and C
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Many patients don’t experience any symptoms until their liver has suffered significant damage. When symptoms occur, you may feel fatigued, bruise easily, and develop jaundice, ascites (fluid accumulation in your abdomen), or edema (fluid buildup in your legs and feet).
Severe complications from liver cirrhosis include:
- High blood pressure in the veins that supply the liver (portal hypertension).The scarring of the liver will lead to a blockage of blood flow through the liver
- Enlargement of the spleen (splenomegaly)
- Life threatening bleeding in the stomach and lower esophagus
- Increased susceptibility to infections
- Low platelet count
- Buildup of toxins in the brain that can cause memory loss, coma, slurred speech, and even death (hepatic encephalopathy)
- Bone disease
- Higher risk of liver cancer
- Blood clotting
- Kidney damage
- Liver failure
Why is the liver so vital to human life?
The liver is the largest organ in your body. It works to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract before reaching the rest of the body. It plays a key role in all metabolic processes in the body. The liver metabolizes drugs and detoxifies chemicals. The liver works to remove toxins from the body, processes nutrients from food, and produces an important digestive liquid called bile. The destruction of
Who is GIOSTAR and What is Their Mission?
GIOSTAR (Global Institute of Stem Cell Therapy and Research) is home to the top experts in the field of stem cell research, and provides scientific know-how to GIOSTAR-CHICAGO. GIOSTAR-CHICAGO is an independently run facility from GIOSTAR. Involved in the field of stem cell research for almost two decades in the U.S.A, GIOSTAR has provided therapy to thousands of patients using their advanced protocols outside of the United States. GIOSTAR believes in the potential of supplementing traditional therapy with cellular rejuvenation therapy.
GIOSTAR opened the world’s first stem cell therapy hospital in India, and has plans to continue building stem cell centers with health care partners around the world. Their goal is to develop therapies and offer hope to millions suffering around the globe with safe, effective and affordable healthcare.
What is the Role of Stem Cells in Liver Cirrhosis?
Liver cirrhosis can have lethal effects on a person’s health. The liver damage done by cirrhosis typically cannot be undone using traditional treatments. If the condition is treated early and is accompanied by healthy lifestyle changes (i.e., abstaining from alcohol), further destruction can be limited. However, traditional medicine can rarely reverse the damage done. In some severe cases, a liver transplant is required.