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Surgical Specialists of Ocala

At Surgical Specialists of Ocala, we don’t schedule procedures, we schedule patients. While we are the leading general and vascular surgery specialists in Ocala, our skill is best reflected in the relationships we establish with our patients and their referring physicians.

It’s all about communication. The first step to effective communication is listening. We are eager to answer your questions and alleviate your concerns.

If your question isn’t answered in those most frequently asked listed below, submit it to us, or feel free to call for a consultation appointment. We are listening to you, just ask!

 

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What is a Venogram and Why Might I Need a Stent?

When we need to see exactly what is going on within your veins, we take what is called a venogram. This minor procedure involves injecting a harmless dye into your veins and taking an x-ray.  This allows us to see your veins more clearly and identify any blockages or damage.  If we find a blocked …

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What is Carotid stenting?

It is a procedure where your surgeon inserts a slender, metal-mesh tube, called a stent, which expands inside your carotid artery to increase blood flow in areas blocked my plaque. Although carotid stenting opens your artery and keeps blood flowing, it does not stop plaque from building up. To prevent hardening of the arteries you …

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What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm? (AAA)

The abdominal aorta is the portion of the aorta that carries blood flow to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs. Sometimes the walls of this part of the aorta weaken and bulge in one area. If the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm becomes large or ruptures, surgery is necessary. The tests needed to determine an AAA is a …

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What is Angioplasty?

Under an X-ray guidance a catheter with a small balloon at one end is advanced through your artery to the area that is blocked. When the balloon reaches the blockage it is inflated. This compresses the plaque against the arterial wall and widens the passageway for blood flow. Learn More About Surgical Specialists of OcalaWhy …

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What tests can be done to find the cause of my leg pain?

A thorough medical history and physical exam will determine if further tests are needed. An ultrasound of your legs or other testing may be indicated. Learn More About Surgical Specialists of OcalaNewsletter – April 2016Painful Breathing? Chest Pain? It Could Be Pleural EffusionVaricose Veins – It’s More Than Just Cosmetic

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How can I prevent Circulatory problems?

Eat a diet low in fat and salt and start a daily exercise program that includes walking (as recommended by your physician) keep diabetes under control. Learn More About Surgical Specialists of OcalaEvaluating Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)Robotic Surgery – Understanding This Minimally…Varicose Veins – It’s More Than Just Cosmetic

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What is Bypass surgery?

Bypass surgery is a way to create a new pathway through which blood can flow. A vein or synthetic graft is surgically attached to the artery above and below the area of obstruction. This creates a route around the blockage and improves circulation to your legs and feet. Learn More About Surgical Specialists of OcalaEvaluating …

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What are some of my treatment options?

For some, changes in diet and exercise habits may be enough to slow down the progression of Atherosclerosis and reduce symptoms. Others may have blockages severe enough to warrant intervention such as Balloon Angioplasty or Bypass surgery. Learn More About Surgical Specialists of OcalaWhat is a Venogram and Why Might I Need a Stent?Evaluating Peripheral …

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What causes blockage in my arteries?

The most common cause is Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) a gradual build up of fatty deposits (plaque) on the insides of the arteries. Learn More About Surgical Specialists of OcalaCarotid Artery DiseaseDiagnosing and Treating Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)Why Carotid Artery Repair is Necessary

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What is Claudication?

Claudication is the term used to describe pain in the leg muscles when you walk. This may be caused by a decrease in blood flow to the legs, most often the result of Arterial Blockage. Learn More About Surgical Specialists of OcalaVenous Disease – The Problem is More than Just CosmeticVaricose Veins – It’s More …

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