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.
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.
This 3D medical animation shows the normal anatomy of a vertebra in the spine. A compression type fracture of the vertebral body is depicted as well as two procedures to repair and stabilize a compression fracture.
Mercy's neurosurgeons provide vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty to treat patients with vertebral compression fractures.
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are minimally invasive treatments that may result in pain relief from vertebral compression fractures. The procedures are similar, both using a special medical cement to stabilize the fractured vertebrae.
When performing vertebroplasty, doctors using fluoroscopy guide a small tube into the vertebrae (small bones that make up the spinal column) and a cement mixture is injected to strengthen the fractured bone.
Kyphoplasty involves first guiding a balloon catheter into the vertebrae. The balloon is inflated to restore the collapsed area. Once the balloon is removed doctors inject bone cement into the cavity created by the balloon. Typically, more severe fractures require the kyphoplasty procedure to restore the collapsed area.
Patients who have vertebral compression fractures are candidates for vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty. This procedure is most beneficial within a short timeframe of the fracture occurring.
The Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, offers state-of-the-art technologies and clinical expertise. Our neurosurgeons provide treatment for many types of neurosurgical conditions including brain tumors, aneurysms, diseases of the central nervous system, back and spinal cord injuries, peripheral nerve disorders and back and neck pain.
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Dr. Charles Park is the Director of The Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.