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Suffering with hepatitis C, second bypass surgery done. When can the treatment for hep C be started?

My father, age 60y. he had Hepatitis C , he had bipass surgery in 1997 and after 14 years observed blockades again plaNNED FOR bi-pass in 2010 at that time they notices this Hepatitis C. Doctor advised to go for bi-pass after that you can plan for Hepatitis treatment. He has undergone 2nd bi-pass in 2011, Now shall we start the treatment for Hepatitis C. YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Fri, 12 Oct 2012
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Hi, sireeshagondi,
Current hepatitis C therapy is very rough, with a lot of side effects which include cardiac side effects. Your father's heart needs to be in stable condition and he would need clearance from a cardiologist to undergo treatment.
If his liver is not severely damaged (which can be evaluated with a liver biopsy), then he would be better off waiting for new medications to come out with much less side effects. These are expected to come out in 2 years. On the other hand if he has severe liver damage, or close to cirrhosis, then I would not wait that long. Discuss it with his gastroenterologist / hepatologist.
Answered: Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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