Surgical Specialists of Ocala is continuing to make our practice as safe as possible for patients during the Coronavirus pandemic. Upon arrival, patients are pre-screened at the door with a few general questions and a temperature check before each appointment. Our office is thoroughly wiped down and cleaned periodically throughout the day to minimize virus transmission. Patients are asked to wear masks within the building and to use hand sanitizer. We feel confident in our ability to safely see patients with the care that you have come to expect and deserve.

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The Leaders of General and Vascular Surgery In Ocala, FL

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A Personal approach to patient care.

The team at Surgical Specialists of Ocala understands the apprehension that comes with a surgical procedure. We take our role in your care very seriously. We do not accept minimum as a level of training worthy of our patients. We operate at a level above the standard protocol required by having a team directed by Ocala’s leading vascular surgeon.

Surgical Specialists of Ocala, The Vein Center of North Florida

Areas of Specialty

Surgical Specialists of Ocala choose to use minimally invasive techniques for conditions of the lung and chest wall whenever possible. We perform hundreds of minimally invasive procedures in Ocala and the surrounding areas each year using video-assisted and robot-assisted approaches.

Comprehensive Vein Care

The Vein Center of Ocala uses the latest technology and least invasive procedures possible to repair and optimize the function of your veins. It’s not about vanity, it’s about vitality. What you see on the outside means correction is needed on the inside. The Vein Center of Ocala can help.

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At Surgical Specialists of Ocala, we don’t schedule procedures, we schedule patients. It’s all about communication. The first step to effective communication is listening. We are eager to answer your questions and alleviate your concerns. We are listening to you, just ask!

Yes. We are continuing to make our practice as safe as possible for our patients during the Coronavirus pandemic. Our office is thoroughly wiped down and cleaned periodically throughout the day to minimize virus transmission. 
Upon arrival, patients are pre-screened at the door with a few general questions and a temperature check before each appointment. Patients are asked to wear masks within the building and to use hand sanitizer.
Yes. A simple, secure video chat allows our practice to offer communications with our patients during this COVID-19 crisis. If you are interested in a virtual visit, please call us at 352-237-1212We are here for your support during this difficult time.
 

The most common cause is Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) a gradual build up of fatty deposits (plaque) on the insides of the arteries.

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.

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 should consider the following changes: Eat more foods low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Exercise regularly. Maintain your ideal body weight. Follow your physicians recommendations for medications to control cholesterol and to thin the blood.

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.

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.

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.

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 CT Scan of the abdomen, MRI, or abdominal ultrasound, EKG, or Chest X-Ray. Learn more here.

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 or damaged vein, we will likely discuss angioplasty and stenting.

Angioplasty is basically a surgical correction or unblocking of an artery or vein.  We can repair the vein using what is called a stent, which is basically a tube we insert to restore normal blood flow to the area. Angioplasty and stenting are often performed when the traditional treatment of compression results in leg swelling or after ablation therapy.

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.

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.

Experience. Integrity. Compassion.

You have more power than you think when it comes to choosing your Ocala general surgeon, just ask. Surgical Specialists of Ocala has the expertise you need with the compassion you want. Ask your doctor to refer you to the leaders in general and vascular surgery.

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The staff has always been kind and helpful. The facility is clean and neat.
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Prompt service, I was seen at my appointment times. I also received professional care it my ultrasound and follow up visit.
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Dr. Ravi Chandra is the only Ocala, Florida surgeon certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Phlebology, and the American Board of Vascular Medicine as a diplomat in Endo-Vascular medicine.

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