Surgical Specialists of Ocala offers Endovenous Ablation

Surgical Specialists of Ocala offers Endovenous AblationIt is important to note that while there is no cure for chronic venous disease, there are treatments that can help slow its progression.  Surgical Specialists of Ocala offers endovenous ablation – a procedure which closes diseased varicose veins. Another treatment we offer for venous disease is called Phlebectomy, a painless surgical procedure that carefully removes varicose veins.  Sclerotherapy – one of the more popular procedures – treats both spider veins and varicose veins with injections.  Recovery time from each of these procedures is minimal.

It is important to diagnose venous disease in its early stages before it progresses. Our venous disease specialists thoroughly evaluates each patient, then develops a customized treatment plan. Don’t wait until venous disease become a problem and keeps you from doing the things you enjoy.  Call us to schedule your venous disease evaluation today!

Venous Disease: What You Need to Know

Venous Disease: What You Need to Know

Venous Disease: What You Need to KnowDamaged veins can cause a number of chronic conditions.  This is known as chronic venous disease.  Examples of conditions and/or problems associated with chronic venous disease include:

  • Spider veins
  • Varicose veins
  • Ulcers on the lower extremities, particularly the legs
  • Skin changes, swelling and pain in the legs
  • Inflammation and/or deformity in the veins

Venous disease occurs when valves within the vein become damaged and no longer open and close properly.  This impairs blood flow to the heart and causes the blood to pool in the legs. Varicose veins are one of the most common problems associated with venous disease. Symptoms of varicose veins include:

  • Darkening and/or swelling of the legs
  • Pain
  • Leg numbness or heaviness
  • Fatigue
  • Rash

Surgical Specialists of Ocala offers Endovenous Ablation

Evaluating Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

One diagnostic tool we use for evaluating Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is the peripheral angiogram.  This painless, non-invasive test shows us exactly where your blood is flowing.  Once diagnosed with PAD, treatment options include a peripheral angioplasty and peripheral bypass.

Peripheral angioplasty is the same procedure used to open arteries of the heart.  It involves threading a catheter through a blood vessel to the artery.  A small balloon is then inflated to flatten the blockage and open the artery, thus increasing blood flow. In some cases, a stent will be inserted to help keep the artery open.

A peripheral bypass may be recommended for more serious cases of PAD. This involves creating a graft bypass using either a synthetic blood vessel, or, a blood vessel from another part of the body.  This allows the blood to flow around the narrowed artery.

Contact Surgical Specialists of Ocala to schedule your PAD evaluation today.

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Diagnosing and Treating Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Diagnosing and Treating Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)Pain and discomfort in the legs or extremities can be a result of reduced bloodflow.  Blood carries oxygen to various parts of the body through the peripheral arteries.  Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) – or Peripheral Vascular Disease – occurs when the peripheral arteries become restricted or blocked because of plaque or atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Hip, thigh or calf muscle cramping, especially after activity
  • Weakness or numbness in the extremities
  • Coldness in foot or lower leg
  • Skin color changes and/or shiny skin on the leg
  • Hair loss on the feet and legs
  • Weak or little pulse in the feet or legs
  • Sores that won’t heal (toes, feet, legs)
  • Slow growing toenails
  • Erectile dysfunction

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we will evaluate you for PAD.

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Why Carotid Artery Repair is Necessary

Why Carotid Artery Repair is NecessarySurgical Specialists of Ocala takes carotid artery disease seriously. We perform a long-lasting procedure called carotid artery endarterectomy to safely remove plaque from the arteries.  One of the most common vascular surgeries, carotid artery endarterectomy involves making an incision on one side of the neck to reveal the blocked carotid artery.  We then clamp the artery, make an incision into the blocked section, then remove the plaque.  Sometimes a patch is used to widen the artery.  We work on one side at a time so the artery on the other side of the neck can deliver blood to the brain.  The average time for a carotid artery endarterectomy procedure is two hours, but can vary by patient.

Another option to treat carotid artery disease is carotid stenting.  This procedure is designed for patients whose carotid artery has become completely clogged.  Carotid stenting opens the clogged passages by inserting and inflating a tiny balloon to widen the artery.  In some cases, a small metal coil is placed to help prop the artery open and decrease the chances of it narrowing again in the future.

Don’t wait until it’s too late! Contact us to schedule your carotid artery screening today.

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Carotid Artery Disease

Why Carotid Artery Repair is Necessary

Carotid Artery DiseaseWe have carotid arteries located on either side of our neck. These arteries extend from the aorta to the base of our skull. The purpose of the carotid artery is to deliver blood to the brain and facial areas. Over time, the accumulation of fatty plaque causes these arteries to narrow and stiffen, resulting in a condition called atherosclerosis. Once atherosclerosis – also known as hardening of the arteries – sets in, blood flow is significantly reduced. When this happens, surgery is necessary to restore proper blood flow to the face and brain.

The most serious aspect of carotid artery disease is the clots that can form on the plaque. Both the plaque itself and the clots can break loose, travel to the brain, and cause an ischemic stroke. This can result in permanent brain damage and even death.

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World-Class Endovascular Medicine Right Here in Ocala

World Class Endovascular Medicine Right Here in Ocala
Dr. Ravi Chandra

Did you know that our own Dr. Ravi Chandra, MD, FRCS, FACS, FSVS is the only Ocala physician certified by both the American Board of Endovascular Medicine and the American Board of Surgery? This certification is important because endovascular procedures are lifesaving, especially in the case of aneurysms.

Repairing abdominal aortic aneurysm is one area in which Dr. Chandra specializes. This serious and potentially deadly condition is caused when the walls of the aorta malfunction or fail due to restricted blood flow. If the aneurysm ruptures, it will bleed into the abdomen, which is why it is imperative to treat it right away. Although aortic aneurysms generally occur in the abdomen (near the navel) they can affect any area of the aorta. One of the least invasive procedures is to use an endovascular stent graft to repair the aneurysm. This involves making a small incision into the groin to access the femoral artery. The surgeon then places the stent graft, which allows blood to flow unrestricted from the heart.

Endovascular surgery is an alternative to open surgery. The recovery period is much quicker, and, in most cases, the patient experiences little to no discomfort. However, not all patients are candidates for endovascular surgery. We will evaluate your condition and overall health to determine which type of procedure is right for you.

Although abdominal aortic aneurysm’s are serious, it is reassuring to know that they can be treated with minimally invasive endovascular surgery. It is important to check the qualifications of any surgeon you are considering. Surgical Specialists of Ocala is proud to offer world-class endovascular medicine right here in Ocala, Florida.

Don’t wait until it’s too late – contact us to make your appointment with Dr. Chandra today.

Robotic Surgery – Understanding This Minimally Invasive Technique

Robotic surgery is one of the most advanced surgical techniques used today. Our general surgeon is well-versed and highly trained in this high-tech surgery.  We use the esteemed da Vinci Surgical System, which allows us to perform complex surgical procedures using minimally invasive robotic surgery.  During your procedure, our general surgeon controls the da Vinci robot from a console.  The three-dimensional technology of the di Vinci provides advanced visuals, allowing for more precise access to tissues, lymph nodes, tumors and other areas of interest. In many cases, more can be seen using the robot vs. using more invasive surgical procedures.

Some people are apprehensive about robotic surgery because they think that the robot is controlling the procedure. This is simply not true. Your general surgeon is 100% completely in control of the robot’s movements at all times.  In fact, the da Vinci cannot function without human involvement.

According to, over three million patients worldwide have benefited from this technology so far.  The beauty of robotic surgery is that it requires only a few small incisions. This allows for a much quicker recovery time, and, in many cases, less scarring.

The da Vinci was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000.  Our general surgeon has trained extensively on using the da Vinci and participates in continuing education courses on the ever-evolving topic of robotic surgery.  It is important to note that robotic surgery is not ideal for every patient.  Our general surgeon evaluates each patient and decides on a case-by-case basis which approach is best.  Interested in learning more?  Schedule a consultation today.

Angioplasty and Stenting Procedure

Angioplasty and Stenting Procedure

In most cases, we will gain access to your vein through the groin.  Depending on your age and health, you will likely be treated as an outpatient and discharged the same day. Patients who undergo stenting often notice a decrease in swelling and discomfort in their lower extremities. They also find walking to be more comfortable.  The efficacy of the procedure is very good, with results usually lasting long as long the stents remains in place.

Too often, people suffer from the discomfort caused by blocked or damaged veins.  Surgical Specialists of Ocala offers many minimally invasive treatment options to help restore your health and confidence.  If you are apprehensive about making an appointment right away, please consider our confidential online vein screening.  While this is not a substitute for a complete examination, it will allow us to give you feedback as to whether or not you could have a vein condition we can treat. We care about our patients and we are here to help!

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

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 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.

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