The University of Vermont Medical Center treats more than 200 hepatitis patients every year. More than 40 receive antiviral medications for hepatitis C and hepatitis B. We offer three board certified subspecialists, including one with certification in Transplant Hepatology.
Treatment for Hepatitis in Burlington, VT
Your specific viral hepatitis infection determines the course of action your team of physicians recommends.
No treatment exists for hepatitis A because your body clears the virus on its own. In most cases of hepatitis A, your liver heals completely in a month or two with no lasting damage.
Hepatitis C and hepatitis B treatment options at The UVM Medical Center include:
Liver Transplant for Hepatitis
If your liver has been severely damaged by a hepatitis C or B infection, a liver transplant may be an option. During a liver transplant, the surgeon removes your damaged liver and replaces it with a healthy liver from a donor. Most transplanted livers come from deceased donors, but a small number come from living donors who donate a part of their livers.
A liver transplant is not a cure for people with hepatitis C. Antiviral medication therapy usually continues since hepatitis C infection is likely to recur in the new liver.
Antiviral Medications for Hepatitis
Antiviral medications help fight the hepatitis C and hepatitis B virus and slow its ability to damage your liver.
Hepatitis B Immune Globulin Injection
If you know you've been exposed to the hepatitis B virus, call your doctor without delay. An injection of hepatitis B immune globulin within 24 hours of coming in contact with the virus may help protect you from developing hepatitis B.
Hepatitis A and B Vaccinations
If you have hepatitis C, your doctor will likely recommend getting hepatitis A and B vaccinations. They are separate viruses that can complicate your hepatitis C treatment and also cause liver damage.
Learn more about hepatitis diagnosis.