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Comprehensive Liver Program Offers Specialized Care to Orange County

Through the close collaboration of specialists and community physicians, Hoag has developed a comprehensive program for liver patients in Orange County. Hoag’s Liver Program offers the most complete liver care in the county improving the quality of life and the sophistication of care for people battling liver disease.

“Our program channels our collective knowledge and experience about liver disease in one place, led by a team of specialists all focused on liver disease,” said hepatologist Tse-Ling Fong, M.D. “We are able to offer care for a wide-range of liver-related problems ranging from easily treatable conditions to complex and life-threatening diseases. There is nothing else like this in Orange County.”

Hoag’s multispecialty team consists of a board-certified hepatologist, gastroenterologists, including a GI with special interest in liver disease, hepatobiliary surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, interventional radiologists, specialized liver pathologist, dietitians and a dedicated nurse practitioner. Together, this team offers integrated evaluation, diagnosis and treatment, including access to non-invasive and streamlined transplant services.

Another unique offering at Hoag is the Fibroscan® – a state-of-the-art, noninvasive, painless liver assessment technology. Fibroscan is the first device to be FDA-cleared as an aid to management of patients with liver disease. Hoag’s Liver Disease Program is only one of two locations to offer Fibroscan in all of Orange County.

Liver biopsies have historically been the “gold standard” to stage liver fibrosis or scarring of the liver. However, liver biopsies are invasive procedures that have multiple downsides, such as pain and risk of bleeding. Fibroscan is now an alternative painless diagnostic tool that is able to evaluate 100 times more liver volume and has improved results. It is a 10-minute test that is performed in the doctor’s office and is covered by most insurance plans.

“We are pleased to offer this important advance in liver management to our patients, said Dr. Fong. “Its consistent results enable us to make the most informed treatment decisions while providing the quick, painless experience patients want.”

For more information, call 888-559-0554.