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Endovascular Surgeon Addresses Numerous Conditions
Blood flow to the brain is essential to survival, but when a complication arises, patients often need help from an endovascular surgeon—someone who is specially trained in issues that involve the brain and spinal cord.
"I offer patients two potential treatment options for cerebrovascular disorders," says endovascular surgeon, Gregory Velat, M.D. "For example, a brain aneurysm (weak spot in a blood vessel) may be clipped through a craniotomy or coiled from inside of the vessel."
Dr. Velat also treats carotid artery stenosis (narrowing of the carotid artery), performing procedures that remove the plaque or blockage and open the artery.
Dr. Velat specializes in aneurysms, tumors, hydrocephalus (buildup of fluid on the brain), trigeminal neuralgia (a nerve disorder that causes pain to the face) and spine disorders, which allows him to reach remote parts of the brain and spine. He has helped patients with problems associated with the central nervous system, including issues with the brain and spine.
Recently, Dr. Velat treated a middle-aged woman who had trouble walking because of hydrocephalus as a complication of a brain tumor. He placed a shunt in her skull, which drained excess fluid away from her skull, reducing pressure on her brain. "She is now walking and working with physical therapy," Dr. Velat says. "Outcomes like this are possible because technology has advanced and we can reach parts of the brain that were not possible just a few years ago."
Dr. Velat treats adult patients who have conditions that range from aneurysms to brain tumors to spinal stenosis—anything that affects the central nervous system, the brain or the spine. His patients are often among the most critical, with serious conditions that cannot wait for treatment. With help for these delicate and sometimes life-altering conditions, seeing an endovascular surgeon leads to higher rates of survival and a return to normal life activities.
"My goal for each patient is to provide the best service and care possible from the initial consultation to the time of discharge from the hospital," Dr. Velat says.
“ My goal for each patient is to provide the best service and care possible from the initial consultation to the time of discharge from the hospital,” Dr. Velat says .
Hypertension, Pre-hypertension & Stroke
Gregory J. Velat, M.D.
Lee Physician Group
9981 S. HealthPark Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908