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Dr. Paul Lucas, Director of The Vascular Center at Mercy, leads a clinical team providing diagnosis and treatment for circulatory problems, including aneurysm, stroke, swelling of the leg and blockages.
Mercy doctors offer a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C that cures most patients and saves lives. Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus and can lead to permanent liver damage if untreated.
The Gynecologic Oncology Center is a long-standing leader in women's cancer treatment. Mercy Medical Center is the recipient of numerous awards in Women's Health.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
This 3D medical animation shows the normal anatomy of a vertebra in the spine. A compression type fracture of the vertebral body is depicted as well as two procedures to repair and stabilize a compression fracture.
The pain medicine doctors at The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy in Baltimore, Maryland, use vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty to treat patients with vertebral compression fractures.
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive treatments that may result in pain relief from vertebral compression fractures. The procedures are similar, both using a special medical cement to stabilize the fractured vertebrae.
When performing vertebroplasty, doctors using fluoroscopy guide a small tube into the vertebrae (small bones that make up the spinal column) and a cement mixture is injected to strengthen the fractured bone.
Kyphoplasty involves first guiding a balloon catheter into the vertebrae. The balloon is inflated to restore the collapsed area. Once the balloon is removed doctors inject bone cement into the cavity created by the balloon. Typically, more severe fractures require the kyphoplasty procedure to restore the collapsed area.
Patients who have vertebral compression fractures are candidates for vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty. This procedure is most beneficial within a short timeframe of the fracture occurring.
Judith notices instant relief after kyphoplasty surgery to fix a spinal fracture.
The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, provides leading edge interventional pain treatment for conditions including spinal stenosis, herniated disk, facet arthropathy, osteoarthritis, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, post-herpetic neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy and cancer pain. Our doctors specialize in treatments such as injections, decompressions and therapies to reduce and alleviate pain.
Dr. Harrison Linder offers a range of pain management therapies at The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy in Baltimore.
A patient gains a new pain-free life after being treated by a team of doctors at Mercy Medical Center.