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Dr. Maria Jacobs leads the Radiation Oncology team at Mercy Medical Center bringing passion, enthusiasm and a heart for caring to her patients.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
Radiation Oncology at Mercy, led by esteemed radiation oncologist Dr. Maria Jacobs, offers cancer patients access to state-of-the-art radiation therapies in Downtown Baltimore.
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.
Scoliosis is a condition where the spine has an abnormal side-to-side curve. This 3D medical animation explains the anatomy of the spine as well as treatment for scoliosis.
The expert spine surgeons at The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy in Baltimore specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of scoliosis, including congenital, adolescent and degenerative. Our team of physicians draws on their years of innovative experience to offer patients advanced treatment options coupled with compassionate care.
Congenital scoliosis occurs when curvatures of the spine originate in utero. These spinal deformities are caused by formation of extra partial vertebrae or by vertebrae that fail to separate on one side as the fetus grows. While a slight back abnormality may be detected at birth, congenital scoliosis often is not apparent until adolescence. Congenital scoliosis is less common than adolescent scoliosis.
Congenital scoliosis may cause:
Congenital scoliosis is diagnosed with a physical exam. Imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRIs and CT scans, are conducted to view the congenital deformities of vertebrae. Ultrasound also may be conducted to examine the function of the kidneys.
Treatment for congenital scoliosis often begins with observation. Spine specialists will watch the growth development of the child and determine the best treatment plan based on the vertebrae abnormality, the degree of the spine curvature and child’s overall health. Braces or casting are not effective for congenital scoliosis.
Surgery is performed when:
The spine specialists at The Maryland Spine Center work individually with each patient and their families to determine the best surgical options to relieve congenital scoliosis.
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 one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery.
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.
A woman with scoliosis seeks out Mercy's doctors for a successful, life-changing surgical treatment.