NASH and Fatty Liver Disease: Surgical Options


Fatty liver disease is a hot topic here at the AASLD Annual Meeting. The complications of fatty liver including cirrhosis and liver cancer, and the central treatment strategy is weight loss. While bariatric surgery has been studies, presentations on less invasive therapies have been presented here at the meeting.

Early results of a number of studies looking at various endoscopic treatment options for treating obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are promising, according to Barham Abu Dayyeh MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, who presented data on these options during the AASLD/ASGE Endoscopy Course on Friday.

Emerging endoscopic technologies have opened the door to using endoscopic approaches and devices to reproduce many of the anatomical alterations of bariatric surgery endoscopically and thereby contribute to the effective treatment of obesity and its associated disorders, researchers noted.

For those with fatty liver, the discussion with your doctor/surgeon has to now include less invasive therapies such as endoscopic procedures noted above.

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