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 surgeons of The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mercy treat a variety of conditions including gallbladder disease, gallstones, hernia, colon cancer and GERD.
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.
The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy in Baltimore is proud to offer chromoendoscopy as a way to help diagnose digestive disease. Chromoendoscopy typically is not offered during a general endoscopy but in centers, such as Mercy, that specialize in endoscopy. Though chromoendoscopy is a relatively easy procedure to perform, learning to read the staining pattern can be difficult. Mercy’s expert doctors are specialists at using chromoendoscopy, offered in our dedicated endoscopy suite, for digestive disease diagnosis.
Chromoendoscopy is an endoscopy procedure used to diagnose abnormal cell changes and early stage cancers in the digestive tract and biliary system. If not for chromoendoscopy, these diagnoses would otherwise be unobtainable through a biopsy.
Chromoendoscopy uses nontoxic dyes, or stains, to identify areas of dysplasia, or changes in the cells of the esophagus lining. The chromoendoscopy procedure reveals otherwise invisible changes of the digestive tract lining. Using chromoendoscopy, the endoscopist obtains what would not be available through a directed biopsy.
Chromoendoscopy helps diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. In addition, chromoendoscopy helps in the diagnosis and evaluation of adenomatous colon polyps and colon cancer. Chromoendoscopy also may be used to observe the esophagus in patients who have been diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus.
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.
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Dr. Mary Harris is a regionally recognized gastroenterologist and Medical Co-Director of Mercy's Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases.
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.