Dr. Ayesha Cheema is a primary care doctor with Mercy Personal Physicians at Columbia. She offers experienced and thoughtful primary care for adults of Howard County.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
Named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery and Spine Surgery, Mercy Medical Center is home to The Maryland Spine Center.
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.
The plastic surgeons of The Breast Reconstruction and Restoration Center at Mercy, are among the best Baltimore plastic surgeons to perform breast surgery revisions and adjustments. Patients who previously had breast reconstruction following mastectomy may need revisions to restore breast symmetry and balance or to create a natural-looking nipple. Our doctors work with women to select the best treatment option for breast revisions.
Autologous fat grafting is a procedure for soft tissue augmentation in the reconstructed breast. Used for making revisions to a reconstructed breast that needs additional contouring, fat grafting is a simple and safe treatment option. Fat, which is removed from the abdomen or flanks, is used to augment or refine the shape of the breast.
Typically, 8 to 12 weeks after the initial breast reconstruction, revisions or shaping of the breast reconstruction are performed and include any additional procedures necessary to restore symmetry to the breasts. The timing of the breast revision surgery is determined in consultation with both the patient’s breast surgeon and breast reconstruction surgeon with consideration to the patient’s progress and recovery. Often a symmetry procedure, such as a breast lift or a breast reduction, is required for balance.
Nipple reconstruction occurs once the reconstructed breast is completely healed so that placement of the nipple is natural looking. During nipple reconstruction, which is performed in the breast reconstruction surgeon’s office, the patient is awake and is given a local anesthesia to numb the areas involved. Patients can drive to and from the office unless they feel anxious and would like to take a medication before the procedure. Since there are a variety of ways to accomplish nipple reconstruction, our doctors will explain the procedure completely and answer any questions at the pre-operative appointment.
A nipple tattoo is the final step of the breast reconstruction process. A nipple tattoo adds a natural-looking colored areola to the reconstructed breast and is performed under local anesthesia in the breast reconstruction surgeon’s office.
Kim traveled from Richmond, VA to have Dr. Chang correct her previous breast reconstruction. Hear her story.
The Breast Reconstruction and Restoration Center at Mercy in Baltimore, Maryland, is led by Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Chang, and Dr. Brendan Collins. Our doctors are recognized specialists in breast reconstruction and restoration, particularly in perforator flap reconstructions including DIEP flap (Deep Inferior Epigastic Perforator flap) following breast cancer surgery. Named among the best surgeons and top doctors in the Mid-Atlantic states area, Dr. Chang along with his associate, Dr. Collins, work with each woman before, during and after her hospital stay to provide the best treatment options for her individual needs.
Dr. Bernie Chang is Director of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Mercy and also leads The Breast Reconstruction and Restoration Center. He pioneered treatment options like DIEP flap breast reconstruction.
A lover of sailing, Grace shares her experience with overcoming breast cancer and returning to the hobby she loves.