Dr. William Raoofi is a Fellowship-trained specialist in pain management, providing advanced care for patients with a range of conditions that may cause chronic pain issues.
Mercy's team of cancer doctors diagnose and treat melanoma, a very serious form of skin cancer.
Radiation Oncology at Mercy, led by esteemed radiation oncologist Dr. Maria Jacobs, offers cancer patients access to state-of-the-art radiation therapies in Downtown Baltimore.
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.
At The Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases at Mercy, our specialists provide relief to patients experiencing hemorrhoids. Patients look to Mercy's doctors for their expertise in diagnosing and treating hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in the lower rectum. An internal hemorrhoid occurs inside the rectum whereas an external hemorrhoid occurs under the skin outside the rectum. Hemorrhoids are common and most people will experience hemorrhoid symptoms at some point in their lives, mostly in ages 50 or older.
Hemorrhoids can be caused by:
Hemorrhoid symptoms include:
External hemorrhoids can be diagnosed by looking at the rectum. Internal hemorrhoids most often are diagnosed with an internal examination of the rectum by a colorectal specialist. If further examination is needed to determine the presence of hemorrhoids, an anoscopy, proctoscopy, or sigmoidoscopy may be performed by inserting a thin scope with a camera to better view the anus and rectum.
In addition to the traditional tests and procedures to diagnose hemorrhoids, a colonoscopy may be performed if the patient:
Hemorrhoids can be treated with over-the-counter medications. Prior to treating hemorrhoids with these medications, it is important to first consult a doctor who can accurately diagnose hemorrhoids and confirm that the symptoms are not indicating a more serious digestive disease. When over-the-counter medications do not relieve the pain and symptoms of hemorrhoids, treatment options can include office procedures to shrink the hemorrhoids or surgery to remove the hemorrhoids.
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. Richard Desi of The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease, focuses on hepatology, a sub-specialty of gastroenterology that addresses the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and biliary tract.
Learn about ulcerative colitis - diagnosis and treatment - from the perspective of a Mercy patient.