Annette’s Story

Dr. Ricotta is an Amazing Vascular Surgeon Who Put Me on a Path Towards Better Health.

Over the years I have had various vascular problems in my legs. I was under the care of a doctor who had found an aneurysm in my right leg. With watchful waiting, the doctor took a conservative approach and thought the aneurysm would go away; it didn’t. Another one of my doctors suggested I get a second opinion on my leg ailments from Dr. Joseph Ricotta, a vascular surgeon. This doctor highly recommended Dr. Ricotta so I made an appointment to see him. I’m glad I did because Dr. Ricotta is an amazing vascular surgeon who put me on a path towards better health.

At first, I was apprehensive about going into a doctor’s office as well as the hospital during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Knowing I had a history of vascular problems in my legs motivated me to make the appointments, have the surgery and maintain my follow-up care. With all of the safety protocols in place at Dr. Ricotta’s Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care office in Delray Beach and at Delray Medical Center, I became less anxious. First, I went to Dr. Ricotta’s office for vascular disease testing. During his analysis, Dr. Ricotta found I had artery blockage in my right leg due to peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

I remember arriving at Dr. Ricotta’s office for my appointment and the social distancing guidelines were already in place. Dr. Ricotta’s staff made it clear patients wouldn’t be allowed into his office until their exact appointment time. During my appointment as well as at follow-up appointments at his office, all of Dr. Ricotta’s staff was wearing protective masks, they took my temperature upon entrance and I was seen in a timely manner. The office is very nice inside and the staff has been very attentive with any of my requests or needs.

After my office visit, I had a vascular procedure to fix my right leg blockage performed by Dr. Ricotta at Delray Medical Center. During follow-up testing at his office, Dr. Ricotta diagnosed the aneurysm in the right side of my groin. It turns out I was suffering from a potentially life-threatening femoral pseudoaneurysm in my right leg and would need to undergo an additional procedure at the hospital. Dr. Ricotta removed the aneurysm with a small incision and repaired my leg. My leg has healed nicely.

One of the best decisions I have made was not delaying my vascular care. I’m glad I had these procedures completed. Dr. Ricotta said if I had waited the aneurysm could’ve burst. If the aneurysm bursts or ruptures, it can be life-threatening. It was a dangerous thing so at that point, I decided I’m not going to wait or delay care.

I think Dr. Ricotta is a wonderful doctor. Before the surgery he explained everything to me. Dr. Ricotta is caring and a really nice guy. He seemed to handle my leg blockage and aneurysm surgery with ease. I wouldn’t hesitate to highly recommend him to others.

Even though he has a busy schedule, I appreciated that Dr. Ricotta took the time to make sure all off my questions were answered. Dr. Ricotta still takes the time to communicate with the patient. He is an amazing doctor.

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