Liver disease treatment

Our liver specialist team

Research and innovation are central to the activities of the leading Sheila Sherlock Liver Centre at Royal Free Hospital and our reputed liver specialist team works in close partnership with University College London (UCL), one of the ten leading research universities in the world, to ensure the centre remains at the forefront of research and development in liver disease treatment.

What liver disease treatment does the Royal Free Hospital provide? 

The type of liver disease treatment we provide will depend on the type and seriousness of the liver conditions our patients have. 

Liver biopsy, scan and endoscopy 

We use cutting edge scanning and endoscopy (a tiny camera that’s used to see inside of the body) equipment to find out the level of liver damage you are experiencing.

Our liver specialist team will often need to perform a liver biopsy to understand the type of liver disease and its cause, and monitor the progress of your liver disease treatment.

Reducing liver damage and enhancing liver repair with drug therapy for fatty liver disease

The preferred method of fatty liver treatment by our liver specialists is drug therapy to enhance insulin sensitivity, reduce metabolic risks or reduce activation of cells which can cause further liver damage. Drug therapy can also enhance liver repair. 

Alcohol and hepatitis treatment and support

Where our patients require hepatitis or alcohol treatment or support, our liver specialist team will work with other Royal Free Hospital specialist doctors, nurses and psychologists to provide the latest therapies and appropriate care.

Royal Free London fibrosis and cirrhosis treatment

Treatment for fibrosis of the liver depends on your specific circumstances. Our liver specialists will go through this with you and recommend drug therapy or, in some cases, liver surgery, depending on the extent of the liver damage you've suffered.

Cirrhosis is a progressive liver disease, and damage sustained to the liver is irreversible. To avoid further liver damage, we usually provide vitamin supplements, advice and help with healthy eating and proper nutrition, as well as promoting the avoidance of alcohol.

In severe cases, we may suggest a liver transplant. Please see the left hand navigation for more information.