Lindsay K. Hessler, M.D., is a Board Certified surgeon specializing in minimally invasive surgery, including advanced laparoscopic surgery.
Mercy's team of top surgeons are known for their expertise in correcting ankle deformities caused by unsuccessful ankle fracture treatments.
Named a Best National Hospital in Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report, Mercy Medical Center is home to Orthopedics and Joint Replacement offering innovative joint, hip and knee preservation, replacement and treatment options.
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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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This 3D medical animation describes the process of a HIPEC procedure, including Cytoreductive Surgery.
Drs. Armando Sardi, Vadim Gushchin and Kurtis Campbell of Surgical Oncology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, are widely regarded for their training and skills in utilizing hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) to treat advanced stages of abdominal cancer (peritoneal surface malignancies). Drs. Sardi, Gushchin and Campbell work with a specialized clinical team at Mercy to perform this procedure with a high level of expertise for patients facing a diagnosis of peritoneal cancer.
Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a heated chemotherapy solution that is used in conjunction with cytoreductive surgery. Cytoreductive surgery is performed first to remove visible tumors from the abdominal area.
Following the surgery, heated chemotherapy solution is added to the abdominal cavity to destroy non-visible or microscopic tumor cells that may remain after surgery. Heat helps kill the cancer cells and also enhances the effect of chemotherapy.
Following the cytoreductive surgery, several tubes are inserted in the abdominal cavity. The abdominal cavity is then flooded with the heated chemotherapy solution and the solution is pumped throughout for approximately 90 minutes. This method allows the heated chemotherapy to reach all surfaces of the abdominal cavity and treat the microscopic cancer cells that could potentially form new cancerous tumors.
Used in conjunction with cytoreductive surgery, HIPEC can improve survival and quality of life for patients who would have limited hope for a solution to their advanced cancer.
Mercy’s cancer surgeons and their clinical team are recognized nationally as leaders in aggressive cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC. Due to the complexity of the combined therapies, surgeons must be appropriately trained and experienced to offer these treatment methods.
The Surgical Oncology team at Mercy in Baltimore performs these procedures on a frequent basis and offers a high level of expertise to patients facing a diagnosis of peritoneal cancer.
Soon after her wedding, Brittney discovered she had cancer and underwent HIPEC treatment and recovery, all with her new husband at her side.
Susan, a longtime journalist, had plenty of practice making sense of complicated issues within a short time period. When faced with her own ovarian cancer diagnosis she drew on past experience to seek out the top experts and the best treatment options.
An active father describes his journey after a life-changing day when doctors tell him he has peritoneal mesothelioma.
A Mercy patient says she believes in miracles after being diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer and given a second chance at life.
With almost no symptoms, Jim was surprised to find out he had cancer after getting a" nagging pain" in his side checked out.
The family of a Mercy patient experiences support and kindness over a long distance from their "baseball family."
Surgical Oncology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, treats a broad range of cancers and benign tumors including colon and rectal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, sarcoma and melanoma. Mercy's surgical oncologists utilize modern medical technologies such as laparoscopy, brachytherapy, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) and microwave ablation to help eliminate tumors with minimal damage to healthy tissue.
Surgical Oncology is part of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Vadim Gushchin, Director of Mercy's prestigious HIPEC Program, is among the region’s leading surgical oncologists, offering long-time expertise in the treatment of complex cancers.