Dr. Mark Slabaugh is a Board Certified, experienced sports medicine physician, providing diagnosis and treatment for a range of orthopedic injuries and concerns.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
Surgical Oncology at Mercy is recognized throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for its expert cancer surgeons who treat patients with melanoma and abdominal/stomach and/or GI cancer.
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 Maryland Spine Center is dedicated to providing the best treatments available for spine disorders such as spinal stenosis. The spine surgeons are recognized experts in the Baltimore and Mid-Atlantic region for their commitment to researching the best surgical techniques for spine disorders.
Spinal stenosis is caused by the physical narrowing of the spinal canal. This spine condition occurs when the combination of disc degeneration and facet arthritis narrow the spinal canal or openings (foramen) for the exiting nerve roots enough to irritate or compress the nerves.
Typically, the nerves are caught between the disc annulus in the front and expanded facets on the back side of the spinal canal. When the disc loses height, the surrounding annulus bulges back into the canal, much like a tire without sufficient air pressure.
The arthritic facet joint capsules thicken due to chronic inflammation. Facet osteophytes grow ever larger in their attempt to stabilize the spine. The space left for the nerves continues to get smaller. If this occurs gradually, the nerves can accommodate to a surprising extent. However, eventually the space gets so small that normal nerve function is no longer possible.
Spinal stenosis symptoms often include increased leg pain with numbness, weakness or clumsiness when walking or when lying or standing in one position too long. Leg symptoms are often worse than back symptoms. Relief can be found by resting or changing position.
Spinal stenosis can be difficult to diagnose since the symptoms are similar to other spinal conditions. Spine specialists often use imaging technology such as MRIs and CT scans to better view the spine and evaluate if there is any pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.
The best treatment for spinal stenosis that has lasting effectiveness is to remove the overgrown tissues pressing upon the nerves. An MRI or a CT-myelogram is obtained prior to surgery to accurately visualize the course of each spinal nerve and the structures pressing upon them.
For the surgical decompression, The Maryland Spine Center surgeons have perfected a “diagonal decompression” technique that provides complete decompression of the nerves, but preserves all major spinal ligaments and facet joint capsules. Although more tedious and time-consuming, this technique diminishes subsequent spine instability and saves many patients from much more extensive fusion operations.
A patient gains a new pain-free life after being treated by a team of doctors at Mercy Medical Center.
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.
Michele had trouble walking the stairs due to pain from a herniated disc. Minimally invasive surgery helped eliminate her pain.