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Oak Lawn, IL 60453

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The Liver

The liver is a large, meaty organ that sits behind your rib cage on the right side of the abdomen.  It weighs about 3 pounds, and it’s located on top of the gallbladder and near the pancreas and small intestine. These organs all work together to process, absorb and digest food.  The liver provides a number of vital functions to the body. Its main function is to filter blood coming from the digestive tract before it passes to the rest of the body. The liver detoxifies the body, metabolizes drugs and produces biochemicals necessary for digestion. It plays a major role in metabolism, and produces bile, which also aids in digestion and ends up in the intestinal tract. Its highly specialized tissues produce proteins necessary for blood clotting and other functions.

Common Conditions and Diseases

At GI Associates, we specialize in treating conditions and diseases affecting the liver and its surrounding organs. Here are some common conditions affecting the liver:

  • Hepatitis A, B, and C
  • Cirrhosis
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Failure
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Gallstones
  • Ascites
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
Tests, Treatments and Procedures

There are a wide range of tests and treatments for conditions and diseases involving the liver. Our physicians work with you to diagnose, treat and manage whatever condition you’re dealing with. Your well-being is our top priority. We’re here to listen to your concerns, explain exactly what you’re dealing with, and provide care and/or options to help you make the best decisions possible. 

If you have questions, we’re happy to help. Simply call us or contact us through the form to the left, and a member of our qualified staff will be in touch with you regarding your concern.