Kate L. Iwamoto, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Care Physicians in Downtown Baltimore.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
Mercy's renowned breast center offers award-winning care and Board Certified doctors. The Breast Center's comprehensive care is designed for women undergoing the journey to overcome breast 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.
Patients from Baltimore and the Mid-Atlantic region seek the expertise of the spine surgeons at The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy. Our doctors have dedicated their careers to the diagnosis and treatment of spine disorders, such as kyphosis, and offer patients innovative surgical methods for severe conditions.
Kyphosis, or hunchback, is a progressive forward bending of the spine caused by:
Kyphosis can develop in the:
Symptoms of kyphosis may include:
A physical exam by a spine specialist can determine if a patient has kyphosis. Imaging tests such as X-rays, MRIs or CT scans as well as nerve tests also may be conducted.
Treatment options for kyphosis can include:
Spine surgery typically is the best treatment option for severe kyphosis. The expert surgeons at The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy use the Kyphoreduction stress-relaxation methods developed by Dr. Charles Edwards. Our spine surgeons use one midline back incision without the need to open the chest or abdomen. This surgery has been highly successful for patients of all ages suffering from kyphosis.
Vertebroplasty, a cement injection into the back, is available for elderly patients with kyphosis due to osteoporosis. These patients experience the painful collapse of one or two vertebrae. The vertebral collapse due to weakened, osteoporotic vertebrae leads to a painful, hunchback deformity. In many of these patients the spine can be straightened and protected with an “internal brace” using spinal instrumentation with or without fusion.
The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, features some of the best spine experts of the Mid-Atlantic region dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of complex spine disorders, including scoliosis, osteoarthritis, stenosis, degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis. Our doctors at The Maryland Spine Center work with each patient to determine the most effective and minimally invasive treatments available while offering an atmosphere of care and support. Mercy Medical Center is proud to have been named a Best National Hospital in Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.
The Maryland Spine Center is part of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Mara Vucich is a physiatrist, or doctor of physical and rehabilitative medicine, who treats patients with spine conditions including arthritis, spinal stenosis, degeneration of the spine, back and neck strains and disc herniations.
Michele had trouble walking the stairs due to pain from a herniated disc. Minimally invasive surgery helped eliminate her pain.