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.
Mercy doctors offer a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C that cures most patients and saves lives. Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus and can lead to permanent liver damage if untreated.
Women’s Imaging at Mercy is a dedicated breast imaging and diagnostic Center. Our radiologists offer mammograms, ultrasound, biopsies and MRI to diagnose and treat breast diseases.
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.
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a chronic condition affecting your large intestine. With IBS, the muscular contractions of your colon are abnormal. This video describes the symptoms and common treatments for IBS as well as possible factors that exacerbate it.
At The Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases at Mercy, Dr. Mary Harris and Dr. Matilda Hagan are recognized experts in treating bowel diseases. People who experience symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, turn to Drs. Harris and Hagan for treatment options.
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a disorder in which the bowel does not function properly. Normally the intestine muscles contract and relax in a coordinated rhythm to move food through the digestive system. With IBS, the contractions may be stronger or last longer either forcing food through the system more quickly, which causes gas, bloating, and diarrhea, or slowing the food passage causing constipation.
Irritable bowel syndrome:
Irritable bowel syndrome occurs more in women than men. Common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include:
People experiencing abdominal pain lasting at least 12 weeks, but not necessarily consecutively, should see a doctor specializing in digestive disease to determine if they have IBS.
A hydrogen breath test can be used to help diagnose IBS. To rule out other conditions, the following tests can be conducted:
Irritable bowel syndrome treatment focuses on lifestyle changes that include:
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. Lisa Pichney is a gastroenterologist with The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy. She is known for her devotion to her patients and as an advocate for health screening and treatment.
Jeanette was proactive in her regular physical exams but had put off a colonoscopy because her health was good and her family history was clear.