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Dr. Bonnie Gerecke, Director of The Neurology Center and Chief of Neurology and Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Mercy Medical Center, offers expertise in diagnosing, evaluating and managing neuromuscular disease.
Mercy's team of top surgeons are known for their expertise in correcting ankle deformities caused by unsuccessful ankle fracture treatments.
Cardiologists at The Heart Center at Mercy treat patients with heart conditions including heart attack, heart murmur and heart disease.
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.
An upper GI (gastrointestinal) endoscopy is a procedure in which a doctor inserts a tube-like instrument, called an endoscope, into the mouth and throat to look for problems in the stomach or esophagus.
At The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy, the team of doctors offers endoscopy procedures to help diagnose and treat digestive disease. Among the top doctors in Baltimore for endoscopy procedures, the endoscopy specialists at Mercy are proud to offer a dedicated endoscopy suite where patients from across the Baltimore Metropolitan region can receive individualized care specific to their endoscopy needs.
Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, also referred to as an EGD or an upper endoscopy, is an endoscopy procedure that enables a direct examination of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. An outpatient procedure, an upper endoscopy takes approximately 30–60 minutes to perform and generally is tolerated with minimal discomfort.
To perform an esophagogastroduodenoscopy, an endoscope is placed through the mouth and guided through the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The endoscope is a thin tube with a light and camera at its tip that can transmit images of the upper digestive tract. During an upper endoscopy, abnormal growths can be removed and tissue can be taken for biopsies.
An upper endoscopy is used to evaluate abdominal pain, heartburn, persistent nausea or vomiting, trouble swallowing, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, chest pain in the absence of heart disease, or bloody stools. An esophagogastroduodenoscopy also may be used for periodic screening, surveillance, or diagnosis of digestive diseases, such as eosinophilic esophagitis, esophageal cancer, GERD, dysphagia, neuroendocrine tumors, pancreatic cysts, and peptic ulcers.
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 provides diagnosis and treatment of Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis at The Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases.
Smokers who quit have a 65 percent lower risk of a Crohn's disease flare-up and are less likely to need steroids or other medications.