Although cirrhosis means irreversible damage to the liver, a person with an early stage of cirrhosis (Child A or early Child B) can lead a highly active life for many years with appropriate treatment by liver specialists. On the other hand, advanced (Child C stage) cirrhosis indicates the need for liver transplantation for which expert opinion should be sought.
Detailed evaluation with a liver specialist is required to grade the disease and determine appropriate treatment.
Regular liver function tests and monitoring should be performed every 1-3 months in early cirrhosis and every 1-4 weeks in advanced cirrhosis. The frequency of check-ups is determined by your doctor depending on the symptoms and severity of the disease.
In chronic liver disease, a healthy diet is crucial for optimal liver function. Contrary to popular belief, except for the presence of severe jaundice, the digestive system of patients can function normally until the very advanced stages of liver disease.
Therefore, the need to completely avoid fatty foods and proteins in all types of liver disease is not quite true. This misinformation among the public can cause many liver patients to be deprived of food, lose weight and deteriorate their health faster.
There are also drug treatment options that your doctor deems appropriate for hepatitis B and hepatitis C-induced cirrhosis.