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Liver Screening

Dr. John Hsiang, Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist

What is Liver Screening?

Liver screening is a series of tests and evaluations designed to detect liver diseases and assess your liver’s overall function. 

Your liver plays a vital role in maintaining your overall well-being, so it is important to monitor its health regularly. Liver-related problems can often go unnoticed until they become serious, so proactive screening is essential.

When Should You Get Liver Screening?

Liver screening is recommended for individuals who have risk factors for liver disease, including:

What is a Gastroscopy?

A Gastroscopy, also known as an Upper GI Endoscopy, is a procedure to examine the oesophagus (gullet), stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine).

It is done by having a gastroscope safely inserted through the mouth and maneuvered by your Doctor.

A gastroscope is a flexible tube with a camera attached to it. This gives your Doctor an internal view of your upper digestive system to detect abnormalities such as polyps, ulcers, inflammation, or cancerous growths along the mucosal lining.

If your Doctor discovers these issues during an examination, they can remove any polyps or tissues to be sampled for further investigation.

Key Components of Our Liver Screening

Some of the key components of our liver screening services include:

• Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) Evaluation

NAFLD is a common liver condition characterized by the buildup of fat in the liver cells of people who consume little to no alcohol. NAFLD can progress to more severe forms, such as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure if left untreated.

Our liver screening includes advanced diagnostic tools, such as the FibroScan, to detect and assess the severity of NAFLD. This non-invasive procedure measures liver stiffness, helping us diagnose liver fibrosis (scarring) and fatty liver disease early on. With these insights, we provide tailored recommendations and interventions to manage the condition effectively.

• Hepatitis B &C Screening

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that can lead to acute and chronic liver disease. It is important to screen for Hepatitis B, as it often presents with no symptoms until the liver damage is extensive. Early detection is key to preventing severe complications.

Our liver screening services include Hepatitis B testing, enabling us to diagnose the infection at an early stage and provide appropriate treatment and management options.

• Alcohol Use Assessment

Excessive alcohol consumption can have a detrimental impact on your liver. Our liver screening includes an evaluation of your alcohol consumption patterns and their potential impact on liver health. If necessary, our medical specialists can provide guidance on reducing alcohol intake and minimizing liver-related risks.

Why Choose Our Liver Screening Services?

At Richmond Gastroenterology Centre Singapore, we are committed to providing you with comprehensive liver screening that is:

Personalised

We tailor our screening approach to your specific needs, ensuring that you receive the most relevant tests and evaluations based on your medical history, lifestyle, and risk factors.

Advanced

We utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and techniques, including the FibroScan, to deliver accurate results, enabling early detection and intervention for liver-related conditions.

Expert

Our team of experienced medical specialists and liver experts, led by Dr. John Hsiang, who is fellowship-trained in chronic liver diseases, is dedicated to your liver health. They will guide you thro

Convenient

We understand the value of your time and convenience. Our clinic offers flexible appointment scheduling and efficient services to ensure a hassle-free experience.

What happens during your procedure

Usually, a Gastroscopy is done while you are asleep due to the sedatives that will be administered to you. An anesthetic will also be sprayed into your throat to numb your swallowing sensation.

You will be placed on your side and given to wear a mouth guard to prevent yourself from biting on the scope. With the necessary preparations in place, your Doctor will proceed with the gastroscopy examination.

The whole procedure should take about 10 to 15 minutes and you should be discharged within the same day. You will be advised not to drive or operate machinery for the day due to the drowsiness you may feel from the sedatives.

Take the First Step Towards a Healthy Liver

Your liver is a crucial organ that deserves your attention and care. With our comprehensive liver screening services, you can take proactive steps to safeguard your liver health and prevent potential liver-related issues.

Contact us today to schedule your liver screening appointment at Richmond Gastroenterology Centre Singapore. Invest in your liver health and enjoy the benefits of a healthier, happier life.

More Information

Yes, you may use your personal or corporate insurance plan to finance your procedure.

At Richmond Gastroenterology Centre, we aim to make your admissions process a smooth one.

It is our practice to work diligently with your insurance provider to obtain pre-authorisation certificates and Letters of Guarantee prior to any procedures.

Before your liver screening appointment, there are a few things you can do to prepare for the process:

  • Fast for at least 8 hours before your appointment, only consuming water.
  • Bring a list of all medications and supplements you are currently taking.
  • Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing.
  • Be prepared to discuss your medical history, lifestyle habits, and any symptoms you may be experiencing.

After your liver screening, our medical team will review and analyze the results. It may take a few days to receive a complete report, but we will contact you promptly with the findings.

If any abnormalities are detected, we will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan or recommend further evaluations. We may also provide lifestyle recommendations to help maintain or improve your liver health.

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About Dr. John Hsiang

MBChB (NZ), FRACP (Australasia), MD (Doctorate), FRCP (Edinburgh), FAMS (Gastro)

Dr. John Hsiang is a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist with more than 20 years of clinical experience in public and private practice.

Dr. John’s special clinical interests are in gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach conditions, fatty liver, and gastrointestinal cancer screening

Dr. John has spent more than five years in the Singhealth cluster serving in the Gastroenterology Department at Changi General Hospital and Sengkang General Hospital.

Clinical interests:

Indigestion, gastroesophageal reflux disease, helicobacter pylori infection, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea, hepatitis B, fatty liver disease, management of abnormal liver tests.

Dedicated Insurance Support

We understand that navigating the financial aspect of healthcare can be overwhelming. We welcome all patients with or without insurance and can assist with claims regardless of your personal or corporate insurance plan.

Here at Richmond Gastroenterology Centre, we strive to ensure the most efficient claims process for our patients. To that end, our team works diligently with their insurers to obtain Letters of Guarantee and pre-authorization certificates prior to any procedures.

Make an appointment to consult our Doctor.

We understand your anxieties and we are here to support you throughout your health journey. If you have questions or would like to seek a 2nd opinion, send us your message via the form below.

To get an immediate response, you may also call us at: 6517 9958

Dr. John Hsiang is an Accredited Specialist Across All Private Hospitals in Singapore.