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Dr. Thomas Swope, Director of the Center, performs advanced minimally invasive procedures, including robotic surgery using the da Vinci® surgical system.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
Surgical Oncology at Mercy is recognized throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for its expert cancer surgeons who treat patients with melanoma and abdominal/stomach and/or GI cancer.
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.
Colon polyps can be detected through a regular colon cancer screening. At The Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases at Mercy, our doctors
focus on providing colon cancer screenings for early detection of colon polyps. Our doctors are recognized in the Baltimore region for their expertise in removing colon polyps and treating patients with colorectal diseases.
Colon polyps are growths in the large intestine, also referred to as the colon. It is unknown what triggers cells to grow abnormally in the colon causing polyps to form. Most colon polyps are not cancerous, or malignant, although some can turn into cancer. Because polyps grow slowly, it is important to have a regular colon cancer screening to detect and remove colon polyps before they develop into colon cancer. Polyps commonly occur in adults who are 50 years or older, overweight, smoke, or have a family history. People with an inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, are at a higher risk for colon polyps to develop.
Generally there are no symptoms associated with colon polyps. However, there are certain symptoms that can indicate digestive problems and should not be ignored. It is important to see a doctor specializing in digestive diseases if any of the following occur:
To diagnose the presence of colon polyps, a colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, or chromoendoscopy can be performed.
Most colon polyps can be removed during a colonoscopy. If the polyps are too large, an endoscopic mucosal resection, a specialized procedure used to remove large polyps through a colonoscope, may be a treatment option. Other treatment options include laparoscopic surgery to remove the polyps or surgery to remove the colon and/or rectum.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
Dr. Hwan Yoo, Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine, is an experienced liver specialist at The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy.
Learn more about a long-term health struggle and the trusting relationship one patient established with her doctor at The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease.