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Surgery

Surgery is the medical treatment of diseases or injuries with instruments used to influence the body. Surgery is used to correct injuries and improve function as a medical necessity or on an elective basis, including some plastic surgery procedures.

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Surgical care in Ocala

Whether you need a diagnostic procedure, minor surgery or complex surgical treatment, we will help you understand your options.

Your physician will always first opt for the most effective and least invasive treatment for you. However, if needed, our board-certified surgeons are trained to perform even the most complex surgical procedures. Whatever you need, surgeons at HCA Florida Ocala Hospital perform a wide range of minimally invasive and traditional surgeries to treat and resolve many different health conditions.

Our surgical services

Our surgeons use the latest advancements in medicine and surgical technology, resulting in better outcomes and experiences for our patients.

Surgical procedures we perform

Our surgical specialties include procedures in the following areas:

Bariatric surgery

Our surgeons perform bariatric surgery to resolve obesity and obesity-related health conditions so you can lose excess weight and lead your healthiest life. Some of these bariatric procedures include:

  • Adjustable gastric banding surgery
  • Endoscopic intragastric balloon
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
Cardiovascular surgery

Our cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons perform a range of heart and vascular surgeries to treat conditions and diseases of the heart, blood vessels and lungs.

After cardiovascular surgery, cardiac rehabilitation will likely be recommended. We have inpatient cardiac rehabilitation as well as an off-site outpatient cardiac rehabilitation maintenance center.

General surgery

Our general surgeons perform both traditional and minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat conditions ranging from appendicitis to stomach problems.

Colorectal surgery

We offer surgical treatments, including minimally invasive surgery, for various colon and rectal diseases. This can include colorectal cancer, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

Esophagectomy

The esophagus is the tube that moves food from your throat to your stomach. During an esophagectomy, part or all of the esophagus is removed and then rebuilt using part of the stomach or large intestine.

An esophagectomy may be used to treat:

  • Achalasia — a condition in which the ring of muscle of the esophagus does not work well, causing swallowing difficulties
  • Barrett's esophagus — a condition in which the lining of the esophagus is severely damaged, which is a risk factor for cancer
  • Cancer of the esophagus
  • Severe trauma of the esophagus — any type of intense, often life-threatening, damage or injury to the esophagus
Gallbladder removal

Cholecystectomy is a common, low-risk surgical procedure to remove the gallbladder.

The two main approaches to cholecystectomy are laparoscopic surgery and open surgery. A laparoscopic cholecystectomy, the most common approach, uses small incisions, a tiny video camera and special surgical tools.

Hernia repair

A hernia occurs when fatty tissue or an organ pushes through a weak place in the surrounding connective tissue or muscle wall.

A surgical hernia repair involves pushing the hernia back to its proper area and keeping it there. Hernias usually don’t get better on their own. They tend to get bigger. In rare cases, they can lead to life-threatening complications. Depending on the size and symptoms, not every hernia needs immediate treatment.

Gynecologic surgery

Our gynecologic surgeons offer surgical procedures to treat conditions affecting the female reproductive system and pelvic area. Our gynecologic surgical procedures include hysterectomies, myomectomies and sacrocolpopexies.

Neurological and spine surgery

Our neurosurgeons perform the most advanced brain and spine surgical procedures to treat any neurological or spine conditions, including aneurysms, brain tumors or stroke.

Orthopedic surgery

To treat joint pain or orthopedic injuries, our orthopedic surgeons perform a variety of orthopedic surgical procedures. These procedures include partial and total hip, knee and shoulder replacements.

Preparing for Surgery at Ocala Hospital

Learn how Ocala Hospital is taking extra safety precautions prior to you coming in for your surgery or procedure.
John Heinbockel, Chief of Staff at Ocala Hospital.

Robotic surgery

We also offer minimally invasive surgical treatments, including robotic surgery.

Types of robotic surgeries we perform

Our surgeons may use robotic surgery across numerous surgical specialties, including:

  • General surgery
    • Colorectal conditions treatment
    • Gallbladder removal
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) treatment
    • Hernia repair
  • Gynecological surgery
    • Endometriosis treatment
    • Hysterectomy
    • Myomectomy
    • Sacrocolpopexy
  • Urological surgery
    • Prostatectomy
    • Prostate cancer treatment

Robotic surgery is not appropriate for all patients. Speak with your surgeon to find out if you are a candidate.

How robotic surgery works

The robotic technology provides the surgeon with high-definition, 3D vision with a magnified view to perform complex and delicate procedures through small incisions.

The surgeon controls a state-of-the-art robotic surgical system while looking through a high-quality monitor in a console next to the patient.

The robotic instruments have more range of motion than a human wrist, enabling the surgeon to access hard-to-reach positions.

The robotic computer software makes the surgeon’s movements even more steady, for greater precision.

Patient benefits of robotic surgery

Robotic surgery offers a range of benefits to patients. These benefits include:

  • Less pain
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster healing and recovery times