Dr. Clayton Alexander is an orthopedic surgeon, focusing on upper extremity areas including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. He has specialized Fellowship training in advanced hand surgeries.
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.
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The physicians of The Center for Neurogastroenterology and GI Motility at Mercy offer thorough diagnosis and innovative treatments for patients with chronic GI conditions such as severe, ongoing constipation or dyssynergic defecation.
Constipation is generally described as having fewer than three bowel movements a week. Chronic constipation is infrequent bowel movements or difficult passage of stools that persists for several weeks or longer.
Though occasional constipation is very common, some people experience chronic constipation that can interfere with their ability to go about their daily tasks.
Dyssynergic defecation is common and affects up to one half of patients with chronic constipation. This acquired behavioral problem is due to the inability to coordinate the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles to evacuate stools.
Symptoms of constipation vary, and each individual may experience symptoms differently, however, the most common symptoms include:
Doctors may use a variety of diagnostic options when assessing chronic constipation including:
For more severe cases or cases where dyssynergic defecation is suspected, a digital rectal exam may be recommended.
Most often, constipation can be treated through dietary and lifestyle changes. Other options include the use of laxatives or eliminating or changing medication.
For patients with constipation that is not relieved by common first-step strategies, a motility specialist may provide further insight into the condition and offer highly-specialized treatment to address and resolve the issue.
In cases of dyssynergic defecation, biofeedback bowel retraining is recommended as a first-line treatment due to its proven effectiveness.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
An experienced, Board Certified gastroenterologist, Dr. Amit Raina provides focused expertise in pancreatic diseases at Mercy's Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease.
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