LIVER

Dr.(Major) R.S RENGAN M.S., D.N.B., Dip Laproscopic Surgery (University of Strasbourg)   Senior Consultant, General & Laparoscopic surgery                                                                         For Appointment: 94440 42294 Apollo First Med Hospital,Chennai. Celebrate Life Specialized centre for Gastrointestinal Surgery, Breast, Thyroid Endocrine, Vascular, Cancer & Cosmetic surgery Liver The liver is the largest organ in our body that sits on the right side of the stomach. It is reddish-brown in color and feels rubbery to touch. Normally the liver cannot be felt, as it is protected by the ribs on the right side of our body. The liver has two large sections known as the right and the left lobes. An organ named the gallbladder sits under the liver. Also present nearby is another organ called the pancreas and the intestines which are the main channels through which food passes. The liver and these organs work together to absorb and digest food. The liver’s main work is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. Other functions include: Breaks down impure substances and metabolizes drugs. Helps in digestion of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Makes proteins important for blood clotting. It produces and excretes a yellowish liquid called the bile required for digestion of fats and helps the absorption of vitamin K from the food we eat. Some of the bile drains directly into the intestines and some is stored in the gallbladder....