Neurosurgeons in Ocala, Florida
At Ocala Health, we use advanced technology and state-of-the-art treatments for conditions affecting the brain, spine and nervous system.
As a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center, we provide rapid, life-saving care to patients experiencing stroke.
Our experienced neurosurgeons and multidisciplinary neurology team provides a full continuum of care, which includes prevention education, interventional treatments—like neurosurgery—and focused rehabilitation therapy.
For more information about our brain and spine services, call Consult-A-Nurse® at (800) 530-1188.
Our multidisciplinary neurology team
The driving force behind our patient-focused neurology program is our experienced, multidisciplinary team.
Our board-certified neurologists and neurosurgeons work with a team of:
- Case managers
- Licensed dietitians
- Neurology nurses
- Nurse technologists
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- A dedicated group of volunteers
Inpatient neurology unit
Ocala Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer a dedicated inpatient neurology unit with 34 beds and 19 private rooms. Family and friends are encouraged to visit the treatment and recovery rooms of this specialized unit.
When a patient shows symptoms of a neurological disorder, our neurologists and technologists use our advanced diagnostics and imaging services to form diagnoses.
Both Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital offer electroencephalogram (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nerve conduction testing. The results of these tests help your neurologist create a treatment plan to resolve any present neurological disorder.
Neurological conditions we treat
Our neurological team performs neurointerventional and neurosurgical procedures to treat:
- Arteriovenous malformation
- Brain tumors (both benign and malignant)
- Chiari malformation
- Glossopharyngeal neuralgia
- Head injury
- Hemifacial spasm
- Herniated disc
- Intracerebral hemorrhage
- Peripheral nerve injury
- Pituitary tumors
- Spinal cord tumors
- Spinal injury
- Spinal stenosis
- Trigeminal neuralgia
Brain tumor care
Surgery is the main form of treatment for brain tumors that:
- Are within the membranes covering the brain OR
- Are within parts of the brain which can be removed or operated on without damaging critical neurological functions
The surgeon's main goal is to remove the entire tumor, when possible, because a tumor can return if any tumor cells are left behind. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy generally are used as secondary or joint treatment for tumors that cannot be cured by surgery alone.
Brain tumor symptoms
It can be confusing to know whether you may need to receive neurological care for a possible brain tumor. Knowing the signs of a brain tumor can help. With brain tumors, headaches and neurological deficits, there are general symptoms that provide clear warning signs and require a physician office visit.
Symptoms of a brain tumor can include:
- Cognitive or personality changes
- Eye weakness
- Headaches (that wake you up in the morning)
- Memory loss
- Nausea or vomiting
- Seizures in a person who does not have a history of seizures
- Speech disturbances
It is unlikely you have a brain tumor if you have:
- No dramatic change in personality
- No weakness on one side of your body
- Normal concentration
While these are the most common symptoms of a brain tumor, they can be an indication of other medical problems.
Headaches caused by brain tumors
If you experience a sudden, severe headache—the worst headache you've ever had in your life—you should go to an emergency room immediately. You could have a bleeding aneurysm caused by weakened blood vessels in your brain. This is a very serious condition.
A headache that appears every morning and disappears later in the day may indicate a possible brain tumor. You should first check with your primary care doctor who may then refer you to a neurosurgeon.
Partnering with a spine team experienced in treating all types back pain treatments is the first step in resolving neck and back pain.
At Ocala Regional Medical Center, we offer a comprehensive spine care program to diagnose and treat conditions of the spine. Additionally, our spinal fusion services have been certified by The Joint Commission, one of the nation's leading healthcare accreditation agencies.
Nationally recognized stroke care
Ocala Regional Medical Center is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center by both the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (FAHCA) and by DNV GL Healthcare. This means Ocala Regional Medical Center is the first and only Comprehensive Stroke Center in Marion County and provides more advanced stroke care than the primary stroke centers in Marion, Lake and Sumter counties.
Neurosurgery and spine surgery
Our neurologists and spine specialists always seek the most effective and least invasive treatments for your specific condition. However, when other options prove unsuccessful, surgery may be the best treatment option for you.
If so, neurosurgeons at Ocala Regional Medical Center are prepared to perform the most advanced surgical procedures and techniques to treat any neurological symptoms or disorders you experience.
Back and neck surgeries are performed by skilled surgeons using progressive technology and sophisticated equipment.
The procedures we perform to treat neurological and conditions include:
- Anterior cervical fusion
- Posterior cervical fusion
- Lumbar fusion
- Lumbar laminectomy and microdiscectomy
- Minimally invasive lumbar fusion
- Minimally invasive lumbar laminectomy and microdiscectomy
- Robotics spinal surgery
- Spinal cord stimulation insertion
- Spinal surgery using navigation
- Stereotactic brain surgeries
Our dedication to excellent neurological care continues even after your surgery. To help you recover fully and safely, physical and/or occupational therapy may be recommended in our neurological rehab program. Ocala Health offers both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.
Our licensed physical therapists create individualized plans, according to your surgical procedure and unique needs.
Outpatient rehabilitation services take place at Strive! Health and Rehabilitation Center. These outpatient therapists are highly trained and experienced in working with patients who have had cervical or lumbar surgery, stroke or traumatic brain injuries. They work in connection with doctors and inpatient therapists to help you regain your independence and return to your active lifestyle.
Individualized outpatient programs may include therapies focused on:
- Balance training
- Gait training
- Pain management
The rehab center is located adjacent to West Marion Community Hospital at West Marion Medical Plaza. The address is 2620 SE Maricamp Road in Ocala,