About The Center - Maryland Spine Center at Mercy
The spine experts at The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore are committed to advanced treatment options for common and complex spine disorders. Founder and Director, Dr. Charles Edwards, leads a team of nationally recognized spine physicians, including Dr. Charles Edwards, II, Dr. Clayton Dean, Dr. Brian Steinmetz and Dr. Mara Vucich. Our physicians are known throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and the United States for expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of:
Spine Disorder Treatment with a Personal Touch
Dr. Charles Edwards founded The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The Center aims to provide a state-of-the-art facility with expert spine doctors who offer patients leading edge treatment options for spinal deformities, injuries and degenerative conditions.
Since its introduction, The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center has become nationally regarded as one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind. The Maryland Spine Center has been named a Blue Distinction Center for spine surgery by CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Mercy Medical Center has been named a Best Regional Hospital for Orthopedics by U. S. News and World Report.
Collaboration with a Personal Touch
The doctors of The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy work collaboratively to treat spine disorders and provide pain management therapies when needed. Dr. Edwards, Dr. Edwards, II, and Dr. Dean perform spinal surgery and work in concert with Dr. Steinmetz and Dr. Vucich who provide pain management therapies.
Patients from across the nation seek the expertise and knowledge of our spine specialists. Our doctors, often recognized for their outstanding clinical skills, are also respected for their warmth, compassion and their personal attention to patients. They’re regularly complimented by patients for their time they’ve spent explaining treatments and their personal encouragement during the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation process.
Commitment to Improving Quality of Life
Our doctors at The Maryland Spine Center are dedicated to providing unique and innovative treatments enabling their patients to experience an improved quality of life. When appropriate, our spine specialists utilize non-operative treatments as a first line treatment.
For severe spine deformities, cases of neurologic dysfunction or when non-operative treatments have proven ineffective, surgery is pursued. Our spine surgeons’ guiding philosophy is to perform the smallest surgery that will reliably correct the spine disorder with a minimum risk of medical complications or future problems.
Advanced Surgical Techniques for Spinal Disorders
When surgery is needed, our spine surgeons use state-of-the-art technology combined with minimally invasive approaches to provide optimal symptom relief with a typically accelerated recovery. Our standard surgical procedures include:
- Microscopic discectomy, the surgical removal of herniated disc material
- Lumbar decompressions
- Minimally invasive lumbar fusion
- Anterior cervical fusion
- Scoliosis correction
Following surgery, our spine surgeons recommend physical therapy and rehabilitation resources to help our patients achieve a faster recovery.
Dedication to Research and Development in Spinal Surgery
Dr. Charles Edwards dedicated his career to extensive research and development to more accurately diagnose spine disorders and improve the results of major spine surgery. He focused on spinal biomechanics and the development of instrumentation and operations that permitted greater correction of major spine deformities with less invasive surgery than previously possible. Dr. Edwards’ research has set the standard in today’s treatment of spine disorders.
Dr. Charles Edwards, II, Director of the Spine Clinic at Mercy, has followed in his father’s footsteps by making research an important aspect of The Maryland Spine Center. Under Dr. Edwards’ leadership, The Maryland Spine Center was chosen as one of only six centers nationally to participate in the first ever National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored clinical trial for adult scoliosis.
Convenient Locations in Baltimore Region
The Maryland Spine Center’s main office is at Mercy Medical Center in Downtown Baltimore. Our spine physicians also see patients at Mercy’s Community Physician Sites:
Patients needing surgery experience the state-of-the-art technology of Mercy’s Bunting Center operating rooms and the quiet, personalized environment of a private patient room. Mercy’s Bunting Center has a floor dedicated specifically to orthopedic patients.
Awards and Recognition
Mercy Medical Center is proud to be recognized for its excellence in providing expert spine diagnosis and treatment:
- Best Regional Hospital for Orthopedics by U. S. News and World Report
- Blue Distinction Center for spine surgery by CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
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