Kate L. Iwamoto, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Care Physicians in Downtown Baltimore.
Mercy doctors offer a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C that cures most patients and saves lives. Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus and can lead to permanent liver damage if untreated.
The Institute for Gynecologic Care is the flagship Center of Excellence in the highly respected and widely acclaimed Weinberg Center for Women’s Health & Medicine at Mercy.
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.
At The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy, Dr. Vipul Nanavati offers expertise in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Patients from the Baltimore region turn to Dr. Nanavati for his skills in providing rheumatoid arthritis treatment options.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease characterized by overgrowth of the joint lining, or synovium, leading to the destruction of the joint’s articular cartilage and bone. Eventually, rheumatoid arthritis causes joint deformity and shifting. Rheumatoid arthritis typically affects smaller joints first, such as fingers and toes, and then can develop in the hips, knees, ankles, elbows and shoulders.
Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include pain in the joints. Additional symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:
Rheumatoid arthritis can be difficult to diagnose because rheumatoid arthritis symptoms are similar to other conditions. A physical exam is conducted to check for swelling and muscle strength. Blood tests may be performed to test for a high erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR or sed rate), which shows if there is a development of an inflammatory process in the body. X-rays may be taken to track the deterioration of the joints.
There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but treatment options are available to control inflammation and reduce pain. Treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis include:
For severe cases of rheumatoid arthritis, surgery may be the best treatment option. Surgical treatment of rheumatoid arthritis can include the arthroscopic removal of the joint lining or a total joint replacement.
The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, is led by orthopedic surgeons specializing in the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand conditions, including but not limited to bursitis, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. Mercy Medical Center has been named a Best National Hospital in Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report, placing it among the top shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand hospitals.
The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center is part of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Vipul Nanavati, Director of The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center, is an orthopedic surgeon specialized in the repair and reconstruction of injuries to the upper extremities.
An OR nurse gets treatment at Mercy for her torn rotator cuff and now is back to swinging her grandchildren in the air without any pain.