Breakthrough Care at Mercy Medical Center
Anterior Approach Hip Replacement
Anterior approach hip replacement surgery calls for an incision made in the front of the hip, rather than the side or back of the hip, as is done with traditional hip surgery. This allows for a smaller incision and less disruption to muscles and tissues of the leg resulting in faster recovery and return to daily living activities. The orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy specialize in anterior approach hip replacement surgery. Mercy Medical Center has been recognized as one of the top Maryland hospitals for performing the most number of anterior hip replacement surgeries.
Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)
Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) is a complex, heated chemotherapy solution that is used in order to treat microscopic or non-visible tumor cells of the abdomen that may remain after cytoreductive surgery. Surgical Oncology at Mercy is widely regarded for utilizing HIPEC to treat advanced stages of abdominal cancer.
Hepatitis C, an infection caused by the hepatitis C virus, can be transmitted through contact with an infected person's blood. If untreated the infection can lead to permanent liver damage. Because hepatitis C does not typically produce symptoms until the later stages, many people infected with hepatitis C do not even know they have the disease.
Hepatitis C can be detected through a simple blood test and new drugs are now making hepatitis C treatment much more successful, including fewer side effects. The doctors of The Center for Liver and Hepatobiliary Diseases at Mercy are proud to be leaders in the discovery of this new treatment and offer patients infected with hepatitis C hope for curing their disease.
Intraoperative Radiotherapy (IORT)
Intraoperative Radiotherapy (IORT) is a single dose radiation treatment available for some breast cancer patients. IORT is delivered at the time of surgery (lumpectomy) and eliminates the need to return for weekly radiation treatments (typically six additional weeks). As the first hospital in Maryland to introduce IORT, Mercy Medical Center and The Hoffberger Breast Center provide women with an option to shorten radiation therapy treatments following a lumpectomy.
The orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy are proud to be the first orthopedic team in Maryland to perform MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing, a minimally invasive treatment option for early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee. MAKO’s RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System enables precision in removing only the diseased portion of the knee, sparing the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue, reducing post-surgical pain and accelerating recovery time.
Single-Site Wristed Needle Driver for Robotic Surgery
Dr. Dwight Im, Director of both Mercy's National Institute of Robotic Surgery and Gynecologic Oncology Center, was the first surgeon in the world to to successfully perform a minimally-invasive hysterectomy via robotic surgery using the new Single-Site Wristed Needle Driver, developed by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (ISRG). The Single-Site Wristed Needle Driver, the latest addition to the Single-Site suite of instruments – the first fully articulating robotic single-port surgical device -- has been cleared for use with the da Vinci Si Surgical System for minimally invasive removal of the uterus (hysterectomy), the ovaries and fallopian tubes for benign conditions, as well as gallbladder removal.
TrueBeam™ Radiotherapy System
The doctors of Radiation Oncology at Mercy utilize the TrueBeam Radiotherapy System to treat a variety of challenging cancers. TrueBeam is an advanced stereotactic radiation therapy system which uses concentrated beams of radiation on tumors anywhere in the body. The treatment beam can be targeted at a tumor from multiple angles to strike the target in a complete three-dimensional way. This approach delivers the maximum dose to the tumor while delivering the lowest possible dose to the surrounding healthy tissue.
Tomosynthesis is among the latest technology used in breast cancer screening and detection. Tomosynthesis is a 3D mammogram that provides a clearer, more accurate view of the breast. This advanced diagnostic tool allows your doctor to more effectively identify the size, shape and location of any abnormalities in the breast. Tomosynthesis gives patients many added benefits. With the knowledge gained from these 3D scans, our doctors in Women’s Imaging at Mercy and the surgeons and breast specialists in The Breast Center at Mercy are able to reduce the number of call-backs, false positives, and unnecessary biopsies that may occur with 2D technology, as well as improve detection and precision of cancers identified at the time of screening.