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.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
Named a Best National Hospital in Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report, Mercy Medical Center is home to Orthopedics and Joint Replacement offering innovative joint, hip and knee preservation, replacement and treatment options.
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.
Dedicated to relieving and treating symptoms of digestive tract pain, the specialists at The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy offer some of the best options, including the hydrogen breath test, for diagnosing digestive disease.
A hydrogen breath test is a simple, non-invasive test used to measure the amount of hydrogen in the breath. When lactose is not broken down properly in the small intestine, the body produces too much hydrogen causing digestive disease symptoms. The hydrogen breath test can help diagnose the symptoms causing digestive discomfort.
A patient can take the hydrogen breath test following a short period of fasting. The actual hydrogen breath test requires a patient to drink a solution of lactose, fructose, sucrose, or glucose mixed in water. After drinking the solution, the patient breaths into a plastic bag every 15 minutes. Fructose breath testing determines if fructose is being malabsorbed in the body. Lactose breath testing indicates lactose intolerance. Lactulose breath testing can reveal a bacterial overgrowth.
The hydrogen breath test commonly is used to diagnose patients with irritable bowel syndrome and common food intolerances.
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.
Experienced colon and rectal surgeon Dr. Jeffery Nelson serves as the Surgical Director of Mercy's Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases.
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