SDG Liver Center

Located at our Englewood Clinic, the SDG Liver Center offers patients a comprehensive, clinically advanced approach to the treatment of liver disease.
 
The SDG Liver Center is staffed by board certified gastroenterologist, Dr. Marcelo Kugelmas, nurse practitioners and nurses solely dedicated to the treatment and evaluation of this complicated disease. Learn more about our team here
 
The SDG Liver Center is active in a variety of clinical research trials, helping patients access tomorrow’s therapies today. These trials test different treatment options for such conditions as Hepatitis C, Hepatic Encephalopathy, NASH, Cirrhosis, Primary Biliary Cholangitis and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. 

Liver Disease 101

 
Symptoms of liver disease include fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, fever, itching skin, abdominal pain, yellowing of the eyes and skin, dark urine and/or pale stools. 
 
Liver disease is on the rise worldwide. Common medications and lifestyle habits that cause liver disease include medications (Acetaminophen overdose), Hepatitis A, B & C, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, alcohol abuse and some herbal and alternative remedies. 

FibroScan - A New Diagnostic Tool to Measure Liver Stiffness 

 
SDG is the first gastroenterology practice in Denver to offer FibroScan examinations. We have performed more than 1,000 FibroScan examinations since 2018. 
 
An FDA cleared technology, FibroScan non-invasively measures liver stiffness by capturing and calculating the speed of a shear wave as it travels through the liver. If stiffness is detected, it can be used to assist in the clinical management of liver disease and potentially replace an invasive liver biopsy. Fibroscan is covered by many insurance plans, including Medicare. 

How does FibroScan Work? 

 
Patients will be asked to lie on their back, with their right arm raised above their head as the FibroScan operator applies a water-based gel to the skin and positions the probe adjacent to the liver. The liver is then scanned to capture 10 meaningful measurements at the same location. 
 
The entire examination is painless and non-invasive, lasting five to 10 minutes. 
 
Learn more about FibroScan by watching this video.

To schedule the FibroScan procedure, a referral must be obtained from your primary care physician prior to scheduling. An SDG provider can also order FibroScan. Once we have received the referral from your physician our office will contact you to schedule the test.
 
The prep for FibroScan: Nothing to eat or drink three hours prior, including water. No gum chewing or smoking. Wear comfortable clothes that will allow access to the right side of your rib cage.
 
Please call our referral team at 303-406-4278 with any additional questions.