At NYU Langone, our hepatologists, surgeons, pain management specialists, social workers, and other experts provide continued care for people with hepatitis. Our experts understand that these viruses can have an enormous impact on your everyday life.
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Specialists are here to provide medical care, emotional support, and educational services throughout your diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
Many people with the chronic form of hepatitis B take medication to suppress the virus for the rest of their lives. Our hepatologists and infectious disease doctors work closely with you throughout treatment to ensure that the virus remains under control.
NYU Langone doctors recommend blood tests and imaging tests at least once a year to monitor your overall health, as well as the health of your liver, and can adjust medications as needed. Our doctors are also here to help you manage any side effects of medication.
After liver transplant surgery, your doctor follows your progress closely during the first year of recovery. At first, your doctor may see you every week to take blood and monitor your healing. As your body grows stronger, these visits become less frequent.
Even after you are fully recovered, which may take six months to a year, your doctor schedules annual follow-up exams for the rest of your life to ensure that your medication continues to suppress the virus and that your liver functions well.
While you recover, NYU Langone offers integrative therapies that can ease your recuperation. Therapies like acupuncture, tai chi, and meditation can relieve pain and reduce the stress and anxiety that may accompany living with hepatitis or recovering from surgery.
Acupuncture is based on energy flow throughout the body. It can reduce pain, decrease inflammation, and help the immune system to remain healthy.
Tai chi is an ancient form of exercise based on a series of simple body movements held for varying amounts of time. Tai chi is low impact, and most routines move at a slow, graceful pace, emphasizing mental focus, balance, and calmness. Many people find that tai chi boosts their energy level and reduces stress.
Meditation is a form of deep relaxation that has been used by people all over the world for centuries. During meditation, people usually sit quietly with their eyes closed, remaining still and tranquil. Some people find that meditation helps restore emotional balance, reduce stress, and boost energy and focus.
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