Our Services

The SWLU is a large liver unit that provides patient focussed services to the local and wider population of the South West region. Our team of specialists deliver hepatology, hepatobiliary surgery and liver transplantation services.


We provide services for patients with all forms of liver disease including:

  • Alcohol related liver disease

  • Assessment of abnormal liver function tests

  • Autoimmune related liver disease including Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, Primary Biliary Cholangitis, autoimmune hepatitis and IgG4 related disease

  • Bile duct abnormalities

  • Congenital liver disease

  • Gall bladder disease

  • Inherited and metabolic liver disease including: Wilson’s disease, alpha-1-antitrysin deficiency, haemochromatosis and glycogen storage diseases

  • Liver cirrhosis and its complications

  • Liver tumours (benign and malignant)

  • Non-alcohol related liver disease

  • Vascular liver disease e.g. Budd-Chiari syndrome

  • Viral hepatitis


We also provide specialist services for patients with:

Biliary Disease

  • Complex endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and Spyglass cholangioscopy

  • Percutaneous biliary drainage (PTC/PTD)

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy / open cholecystectomy

  • Surgical resection of intra- and extra-hepatic biliary malignancies  

Liver disease

  • Management of acute and sub-acute liver failure

  • Liver transplant assessment and pre and post-operative care

  • Liver resection for tumours using open and laparoscopic approaches

  • Transarterial chemoembolisation (TACE)

  • Ablation of liver tumours using radiofrequency and microwave techniques

  • Hepatic venous wedge pressure (HVWP) measurements

  • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunting (TIPS)


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