Lindsay K. Hessler, M.D., is a Board Certified surgeon specializing in minimally invasive surgery, including advanced laparoscopic surgery.
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.
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Drs. Yoo, Thuluvath and Maheshwari encourage "baby boomers,” those born between 1945 and 1965, to undergo a simple HCV blood test as significant breakthroughs have led to a cure for Hepatitis C.
At The Center for Liver and Hepatobiliary Diseases at Mercy in Baltimore, Dr. Paul Thuluvath, Dr. Anurag Maheshwari and Dr. Hwan Yoo are considered among the best doctors in the region to treat liver diseases, including hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
Our doctors offer an innovative treatment for hepatitis C that provides a 95 percent cure rate with very few side effects. As leaders in the discovery of this new treatment, Drs. Thuluvath, Maheshwari and Yoo highly recommend a blood test screening for hepatitis C, which often has no symptoms.
Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus, which is spread by contact with an infected person’s blood. Over time, hepatitis C can lead to permanent liver damage if untreated.
Symptoms for hepatitis C often do not develop until the advanced stages of the disease so many people are unaware they are infected. Many people already have liver damage by the time they are diagnosed with hepatitis C.
There is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C but there are preventative measures that can be taken. A simple blood test can determine whether or not a person is infected with hepatitis C.
Most people do not have symptoms when first infected with hepatitis C. If hepatitis C symptoms develop they may include:
Hepatitis C can be detected by a simple blood test. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all baby boomers - those born between 1945 and 1965 - obtain this blood test even if they are not experiencing any symptoms. The majority of people infected with hepatitis C are baby boomers and many are not even aware they have it.
Treatment for hepatitis C used to involve painful drug injections that often caused flu-like side effects, however, a new treatment for hepatitis C provides many benefits:
The doctors of The Center for Liver and Hepatobiliary Diseases at Mercy were among the medical professionals whose research led to the development of this new treatment for hepatitis C. Our doctors strongly encourage all adults born between 1945 and 1965 to ask their primary doctor to perform the blood test to determine whether or not they may be infected with hepatitis C.
Angela hadn't been feeling well and knew something wasn't right. Dr. Anurag Maheshwari diagnosed Angela with Hepatitis C, provided treatment, and she's now on the mend.
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. Matilda Hagan, a dedicated IBD specialist, serves as Medical Co-Director of The Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases at Mercy.
A patient of a team of Mercy doctors shares his struggle with achalasia, a condition that makes swallowing difficult.