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.
Named a Best National Hospital in Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report, Mercy Medical Center is home to Orthopedics and Joint Replacement offering innovative joint, hip and knee preservation, replacement and treatment options.
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 the cervical spine and age-related wear and tear that narrows the vertebral canal. An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedure to relieve pressure on the spinal cord is also shown.
The spine surgeons of The Maryland Spine Center in Baltimore, Maryland, are experienced in minimally invasive surgical discectomy and mircodiscectomy to relieve pain caused by disc herniation.
A discectomy is a procedure used to remove the damaged portion of a herniated disc. This condition is caused when one of the small cushions located between each bone of the spine ruptures or tears due to natural aging and disc degeneration. After tearing, the gel-like interior of the spinal disc may press against the nerves of the spine causing pain and discomfort. A discectomy is used to remove these fragments of the disc in order to relieve pressure.
A mircodiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure and type of discectomy that utilizes a special microscope inserted through a very small incision to view and remove the damaged area of the herniated disc. As a minimally invasive procedure, patients typically experience less pain and a faster recovery as compared to traditional surgery.
An incision is made to expose the area of the spine in need of repair and the fragments caused by the herniated disc are removed. When possible, the surgeons of The Maryland Spine Center utilize minimally invasive procedures, including the use of a special microscope to remove the damaged area of the disc. In some cases, the surgeon may determine the entire disc may need to be removed, in which case a spinal fusion or artificial disc replacement may be required to repair the spinal column, relieve pain and restore function and mobility.
Patients with a herniated disc whose conditions do not respond to conservative treatment or worsen over time may be candidates for a discectomy or mircodiscectomy. A thorough examination and consultation with an experienced spine surgeon at The Maryland Spine Center will help determine if either of these treatment options is suitable for your condition.
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.