Dr. Hina Ghafoor is a Board Certified primary care doctor who cares for patients of the Reisterstown, Owings Mills, Westminster and Eldersburg communities at Mercy Personal Physicians at Reisterstown.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy provides leading edge pain treatment options to patients throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area.
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 highlights the anatomical location of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra and in males the prostate and depicts the steps involved in urination.
Patients throughout the Baltimore region seek the expertise of The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center. Our expert urologists diagnose and treat conditions of the urinary tract including ureteral calculus, urinary incontinence and obstructions in the urinary tract.
The ureters are the tubes that allow urine to flow from the kidneys to the bladder. Sometimes, stones – hard, small deposits of minerals or acid salts – get lodged in these tubes (ureteral calculi). The stones may originate in the kidney, bladder or ureters.
Stones are more common among middle-aged and older adults and are more common among men than women. Most of these stones are very small and pass spontaneously out of the body. Larger stones may not be expelled from the body and can obstruct the flow of urine or create infection. The size and location of kidney stones and the presence of kidney infection are determined in an exam.
Stones in the ureter may include symptoms such as:
Diagnosis may include:
If, however, the pain is severe or infection is high, an immediate trip to a hospital emergency room may be necessary.
Staying hydrated is the best way to help prevent kidney stones. Increasing fluid intake may help smaller stones escape the body, but larger stones may require:
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.
Hear from a patient who learned he had prostate cancer and had to make important decisions about his care.