Dr. Ayesha Cheema is a Primary Care Doctor with Mercy Personal Physicians at Columbia. She offers experienced and thoughtful primary care for adults of Howard County.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
The Institute for Gynecologic Care is the flagship Center of Excellence in the highly respected and widely acclaimed Weinberg Center for Women’s Health & Medicine at Mercy.
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.
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Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
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Patients throughout the Baltimore region seek the expertise of The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center. Our urology doctors treat a range of conditions that affect a man’s reproductive organs including testicular torsion, testicular cancer and erectile dysfunction.
A man’s testicles are attached by the spermatic cord within the scrotum. This cord brings blood to the scrotum. Testicular Torsion occurs when the testicles rotate and twist the spermatic cord which reduces blood to the testicle. Testicles can twist due to injury, intense activity or from rapid growth during puberty. They can also rotate for no identifiable reason.
This condition is most common between the ages of 12 and 16, but testicular torsion can occur at any age. Men who experience this condition often have an inherited trait that enables the testicle to rotate randomly in the scrotum.
Sudden and severe testicular pain is usually one of the immediate symptoms of twisted testicles. The testicle may become enlarged, tender and swollen as well. Other symptoms include:
Our doctors conduct a physical exam of the scrotum, abdomen and groin areas to diagnose the condition. If the physical exam indicates testicular torsion and the pain is severe, lasting for several hours, immediate surgery will occur to save the testicle. If the pain is less severe, we may also do a urine test to check for infection and an ultrasound to check blood flow to the testicle and to rule out other potential medical conditions.
Testicular torsion often requires emergency surgery. If surgery occurs within a few hours of the onset of the condition, the testicle can often be saved. If the blood flow has been cut for too long, it may not be possible to save the testicle. This could result in future fertility issues.
The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore is recognized throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for its comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of urological diseases and conditions. Mercy's urologists treat a broad range of urological disorders including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, kidney stones, interstitial cystitis and urinary incontinence. Our doctors utilize state-of-the-art treatment options including brachytherapy, cryotherapy and non-invasive lithotripsy, among others.
Dr. Alan Kusakabe offers comprehensive urologic care focusing on robotic surgery, with Firefly Imaging Technology, for prostate and renal disease. Board Certified urology specialist.
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