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Dr. Paul Lucas, Director of The Vascular Center at Mercy, leads a clinical team providing diagnosis and treatment for circulatory problems, including aneurysm, stroke, swelling of the leg and blockages.
Mercy's team of cancer doctors diagnose and treat melanoma, a very serious form of skin cancer.
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.
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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.
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Mercy orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rebecca Cerrato discusses a new minimally invasive bunion surgery.
The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy provides patients with leading edge treatment options for foot and ankle deformities and injuries. Dr. Rebecca Cerrato is one of the first surgeons in the United States to offer advanced, minimally invasive bunion surgery. Dr. Cerrato, along with Dr. Patrick Maloney, offer this procedure as an alternative to traditional surgery. Minimally invasive bunion surgery often results in reduced post-surgical scarring, swelling and pain.
A bunionectomy procedure involves removal of a painful bunion through both corrective bone cuts (osteotomies) and soft tissue rebalancing to realign the big toe joint.
Traditional bunion procedures are performed through large incisions (~5cm) over the side of the bunion. Minimally invasive bunion surgery involves similar bone correction through smaller incisions (<3mm), which results in less post-operative pain, faster recovery, and less stiffness at the big toe.
Minimally invasive bunion surgery may be an alternative to traditional open surgery for some patients. A recommendation to undergo minimally invasive bunion surgery will depend on the type and severity of the bunion. Patients should consult an experienced foot and ankle surgeon to best understand their options.
Developed originally for maxillofacial procedures, the surgeon uses a specialized burr, a needle-shaped bone cutting tool, which creates precise bone cuts through “keyhole” incisions.
Through several small incisions, the bone is cut and the soft tissue is released, allowing the surgeon to realign the big toe joint.
Patients are allowed to weight bear after surgery in a post-operative surgical shoe. Most patients transition to regular shoes at week six.
Because the doctor is able to use smaller incisions for the surgery, patients typically experience:
No. Very specific training in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques is required. These procedures require unique surgical tools not used in traditional open surgery.
Mercy is proud to be a leader in offering advanced treatment options to patients with foot and ankle concerns. Dr. Rebecca Cerrato has helped lead the effort to bring this innovative surgery to the United States and has completed specialized training to employ the advanced techniques necessary for this procedure.
Marissa shares her speedy recovery from an advanced, minimally invasive surgery to remove painful bunions.
The top rated team of doctors and surgeons at The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, is recognized as one of the region’s best programs for foot and ankle reconstruction and injury. Our surgeons offer pioneering surgical care and innovative, one-of-a-kind treatment for foot and ankle conditions, including osteoarthritis, sprained ankle, ankle arthritis, Achilles tendinitis, flat feet, heel pain, foot and ankle trauma, nerve problems and problems of the big toe. Mercy Medical Center is proud to have been named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery.
The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction is part of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Gary Pichney is a podiatrist specialized in advanced surgical techniques with expertise in forefoot, rear foot and ankle surgical reconstruction, sports medicine and amputation prevention in the diabetic foot.
Remember the acronym RICE when you sprain your ankle: rest, ice, compression, elevation. When pain persists after a day, see a doctor.