Cardiovascular surgery in Ocala, Florida

At Ocala Health, we are committed to providing a complete continuum of cardiovascular care for your heart, lung and vascular health. Our highly trained cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons have the expertise to treat a wide variety of cardiovascular conditions. After heart and vascular surgery, we help you restore your cardiovascular health and make a full recovery with our cardiovascular rehabilitation services.

The cardiothoracic surgery program at Ocala Health has earned a distinguished three star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for our patient care and outcomes in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). This three star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places Ocala Regional Medical Center among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada.

If you would like more information about our heart and vascular surgery services, please call us at (352) 401-1427.

Types of heart and vascular surgery we perform

Our cardiac and vascular teams will use our heart screening and imaging services and procedures to aid in diagnosis of heart and vascular conditions. Our board-certified physicians will always aim to use noninvasive and nonsurgical treatment options to treat your cardiovascular condition.

However, when other treatment options have been exhausted or are known to be ineffective for your condition, surgery may be recommended. At Ocala Health, we offer a variety of open, minimally invasive, robotic and endovascular surgical treatment options.

Your doctor will discuss with you which treatment option may be best for your cardiovascular needs.

Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG)

If you have blockages in one or more of your coronary arteries, your heart is likely not getting enough of the oxygen-rich blood it needs to function properly.

During a coronary artery bypass graft surgery, a vein from the leg or chest wall is used to “bypass” the blocked portion of the narrowed coronary artery. This restores adequate blood flow to the heart.

Ocala Health has earned a distinguished three star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for our patient care and outcomes in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). This three star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places Ocala Regional Medical Center among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada.

Valve repair and replacement surgery

There are four valves in the heart (aortic, mitral, tricuspid and pulmonic) and any of them may become damaged or diseased and require surgery.

At The Valve Clinic at Ocala Health, our board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons have significant experience in treating heart valve disease. In addition to traditional valve repair/replacement, our highly experienced team of surgeons offer both minimally invasive valve surgery and catheter based treatment options. Using a multidisciplinary approach to care, our highly experienced team of surgeons will determine the treatment option that is best for you.

For more information about our heart valve care services, call our valve coordinator at (352) 433-3586.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

Ocala Health is proud to offer a minimally invasive treatment for aortic valve stenosis—transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). TAVR procedures are performed in one of our cardiac catheterization labs, using advanced imaging technology, software and specialized monitoring systems. Our multidisciplinary team can provide an evaluation to determine if this procedure is the best treatment option for you.

Unlike traditional aortic valve replacement surgery, TAVR uses a specialized catheter and valve delivery system, typically inserted through a leg artery, to implant the new valve.

For every TAVR procedure performed at Ocala Health, we utilize a multidisciplinary team approach. Our board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons and interventional cardiologists, together with our cardiovascular anesthesiologists have all completed specialized training in TAVR procedures and perform these procedures in collaboration with each other.

Aortic surgery

The aorta, the main artery of the body, begins at the left ventricle of the heart and delivers blood to the brain and all parts of the body. If the aorta walls become weak and enlarged, an aneurysm can form. Left untreated, the aorta could rupture, which is a life-threatening event.

Our experienced cardiothoracic and vascular surgical team treats both thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms with traditional (open) and endovascular surgical options.

Minimally invasive thoracoscopic surgery

Thoracoscopic surgery is used to diagnosis and treat a variety of conditions involving the chest area-most commonly to remove a small cancerous part of the lung. At Ocala Health, our cardiothoracic team offers the latest in minimally invasive surgery, including video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and robotic surgery.

Closure device implantation

A patent foramen ovale (PFO), the most common structural heart defect, is a hole in the tissue normally separating the upper chambers of the heart (right and left atrium). This defect allows blood to pass between the chambers and can lead to stroke.

To repair the hole, an interventional cardiologist implants a closure device using a catheter. This small, double-disc device is made of nickel titanium mesh and polyester fabric.

ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation)

ECMO is a cutting edge technology that serves to temporarily replace the function of the heart or lungs, while treating the underlying condition. During ECMO, the patient’s blood is pumped into an artificial lung (oxygenator) that adds oxygen and removes carbon dioxide before sending the blood back to the patient via a pump.

Ocala Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in Marion county to offer this life-saving technology.

Cardiac rehabilitation

Care for your heart doesn't end after your cardiovascular surgery. We offer inpatient cardiac rehabilitation services, which begin while you are still in the hospital.

Our compassionate team of cardiac nurses and exercise physiologists create individualized therapy plans to help you recover fully and return to your daily activities. Our "Take Charge" outpatient cardiac rehabilitation maintenance program is located at West Marion Community Hospital.