Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Treatment
HCV therapy continues to evolve as new medications become available. Northwest Gastroenterology uses the most up-to-date therapies, including three-drug therapy for the more-resistant HCV genotypes 1 and 4. Generally, one of our physician assistants or advanced nurse practitioners will work with you before, during, and after your HCV therapy to maximize your chances of successfully getting rid of the virus.
HCV therapy steps
Diagnosis: Lab testing showing HCV infection is generally done by your primary care provider. However, patients presenting to Northwest Gastroenterology with abnormal liver tests without prior HCV testing will be tested for HCV and other causes of liver inflammation.
Consultation: If you were diagnosed with HCV outside of Northwest Gastroenterology, you will generally meet us at a consultation to discuss your viral infection. At that time, further lab tests may be ordered to determine which genotype of HCV you have or the number of viruses (“viral load”) present. In addition, other tests such as liver ultrasound or liver biopsy may be considered to best understand the condition of your liver prior to starting treatment.
Treatment: For patients appropriate for treatment, our providers will discuss the various treatment options, including the expected treatment outcome and possible risks. We will work with your insurance company, if needed, to get the needed medications approved. We will continue to follow you through the process with regular lab testing and office visits.
Post-treatment follow-up: We will continue to monitor your labs for some time after you finish therapy, which allows us to ensure that you remain free of the virus.