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Dr. John Ricotta

Vascular Surgery
washigton, DC
49 years experience male

Locations

Office

washigton, DC

Address

2311 M Street NW Ste 501, washigton, DC
Directions

Fax

(202) 776-9088

About

Bio

WE are committed to comprehensive evaluation of our patient's vascular conditions in an outpatient setting. We emphasize non invasive and minimally invasive treatment options. Our recommendations are made with each individual's needs and expectations in mind and are coordinated with the his/her other physicians. With an in office vascular laboratory we can usually provide a diagnostic plan in a single setting.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Vascular Surgery

Licenses

United States: District Of Columbia, Maryland

Languages spoken

English, Italian, Russian

Doctor Q&A

111 Answers
40 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
It is a "sore": A leg ulcer is a break in the skin that is usually painful and tender. Ulcers around the ankle are usually from disease of veins, on the foot or toes ... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
May be decades: mechanical valves are the most durable of all heart valves. The "biological valves" or "tissue valves" usually last a decade or so but have the advan... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Consider Raynaud's: This may be Raynaud's syndrome. This is often a benign condition, that is uncomfortable but poses no danger of gangrene. However it may be associated... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Tough one: most of the test for PE involve either IV dye or radiation or both Venous ultrasound can look for clots in the legs - if negative that is a good sign... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
No they dont: Yu stated the issue correctly. Anticoagulants themselves do not increase the risk of rupture, only the amount of bleeding if rupture occurs. This may ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Possibly: If this persists more than 24 hours see someone and stay away from.walls they hurt you more than you can hurt them
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Not treatment: Integrillin is something used DURING treatment of Coronary disease by angioplasty to prevent clots. IT is not usually a first line drug and is only us... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Often normal: This may occur after exercise or prolonged standing . See a vascular surgeon to be sure you do not have venous Insufficiency
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Depends on the type: Coumadin (warfarin) is effective in preventing stroke from blood clots that originate in the heart. These can be from atrial fibrillation, clot on a h... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Can be helpful: This syndrome, which is most common in people who do a lot of leg exercising, can be helped by fasciotomy, however the diagnosis is not easy and requi... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Yes: Both work well for patients who are in danger of losing their leg. Angioplasty is better for short occlusions , bypass with vein better for more exten... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Ignore: DO watch your diet, control blood preasure, take an aspirin daily, exercise regularly. DONT SMOKE.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Ignore: Keep hands and feet warm avood dry cracked skin,.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Not specifically: The ultrasound is normal for age. Elevated homocysteine alone is not a great risk factor for plaque progression. Control Blood pressure, cholesterol,... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Maybe: palpitations or irregular heart rhythm may be associated with PE but are also associated with may other things , many of which are benign. Usually th... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Very important: This group of drugs (statins) works in two ways, lowering cholesterol and decreasing arterial inflammation There are many studies that statins reduce ... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Not related: THe two problems are not related. A tortuous aorta tht is not enlarged significantly is not a great concern. In general there is nothing to worry abou... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Several: Upper limb amputation is unusual and can be performed at many levels: finger, below elbow, above elbow and shoulder. where it is performed is determin... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Not.to worry: Decreased vascularity is a very nonspecific comment increased vascularity may suggest excess fluid or cardiac dysfunction
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Results pretty good: There has been a lot of progress made in the coiling of aneurysms in the last 5-10 years I assume this aneurysms is in your brain. Coiling is now the ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Follow.up: Important.quetions include any family history, location of aneurysm, smokong history If.this.is.in.the aorta.it should be followed was it discovered ?
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Yes: This is a relatively rare operation that should be done by someone with experience. Results are best when the compression is of an artery or vein, les... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
IN GENERAL TERMS YES: In general the answer is yes at some point you should be seen by someone for evaluation if possible since the degree of disability is relatedto how se... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Unlikely: While there has been a lot of interest in relating symptoms of ED to vascular insufficiency the causes of ED are very complex and it is very unusual ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Is it bothering you?: Hemangiomas are generally observed unless they cause symptoms. IF they are on the skin they can be treated with laser or even injections. I would see ... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
All are abnormal: Varicose veins come from a problem with vein valves that causes blood to stagnate. They can cause pain, heaviness after prolonged standing, and occas... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Might: These medicines work best withuld to moderate obstrctuon ( cicrulation 50% or better) when it is worse or.when there is an ulcer or pain at rest they... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Collaterals: Without a procedure such as a bypass or an angioplasty there are only two things that can do this. One is dissolution of a blood clot restoring normal... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Not usually: There was a lot of interest in this treatment many years ago but results were not up to expectations. The number of patients helped by this type of pr... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Not usually: D-Dimer is a very sensitive (overly sensitive) test for clotting. IF it is persistently negative the risk of a clot is less than 5%. However it also m... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Yes: Heart murmurs that involve the aortic valve can often be confused with a carotid bruit. About half of all people who have a bruit in the neck have car... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Reimaging required: To tell this you would need to have a reevaluation by imaging ( CT or MR most likely). Whether this is done after on or multiple treatments will depen... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Maybe a warning: A tortuous aorta is one that is not straight( the normal condition ) but does not contain and aneurysm. This may occur normally in older people or th... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Depends: You can walk and it would bs helpful if your varicoaw.veina bother you. A dopple.is the first Step in dwcidong treatment however if they are not bothe... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Yes: THis is usually true when it involves nerve compression rather than compression of blood vessels. Nerves can be damaged during surgery or scarring can... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Needs.follow.up : The vast majority of lung cancer is linked to exposure to tobacco either active or passive while.it is reassuring that you have never smoked you will ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Pain management: Results of surgery vary by presenting problems there is a.significant persistence of symptoms when the initial problem is nerve compression repeat su... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
You can see it: A good CT with contrast will allow you to see "soft plaque" The real.question is why you arrvlooking "soft plaque " are you having symptoms? You are ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Tough problem: Staining after sclerotherapy or from.venous hypertension Is hard to treat not aware of.anything that is great some.luck with laser
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Not blood clots: NEGATIVE ULTRASOUND MAKES DVT VERY UNLIKELY HOAWVER THERE ARE MANY OTHER CAUSES OF LEG PAIN INCLUDONG MUSCLE PAIN OR STRAIN. BINE OR JOINT PROBLEMS, ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Would look elsewhere: D dimer is very sensitive 'there are many causes of leg pain a venous ultrasound is the best test to be sure
A male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Need vascular eval: This could be lymphedema however a missed venous problem (iliac vein) is also a possibility. Infection unlikely without fever or pain, arterial proble... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Headaches?: This may be a normal finding if it associated with headaches or changes in your vision you need to see a doctor to be sure it is not an inflammation o... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Yes: Btoh chest xray and CT scan are good ways to identify this CT is more sensitive
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Not enough info: You may have several problems going on and should consult with your doctor. YOU may need an ultrasound to look at your veins, but better to get seen f... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Rare but yes : Any invasive procedure has cimolications. The most common for this one are at the place where the catheter gores in blleding clottong damage to arter... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Not high: I am not sure what you mean by "asa". Small ASDs can be asymptomatic. Your risk of embolism will depend on the size of your heart and whether there ar... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Many reasons : Most.likely.you have either.lost some.weight or.have been.working out veins.that go away on.the cold.are usually normal
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Nit necessarily: Usually plarelet counts over 100,000 are not associated with abnormal. bleeding The bigger question is why you are on coumadin (warfarin) Talk ti your... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ricotta
Vascular Surgery 49 years experience
Old males older.fema: Atherosclerosis increases with age >in males .> 60 in females. It can run un families it is made worse.by.smoking and is.more commonin diabetic... Read More

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I am a thoracic surgeon. Dr John Ricotta performed surgery for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome for my wife Karen in 1995 and ALL of her symptoms resolved and she has never had a problem since. I w...Read More
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Dr. Ricotta is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you i was having trouble finding someone who could tell me 2 years out what to look for. I am glad to hear this is more common than i thought
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This was very helpful. Thanks! It seems like any doctor with any MD degree is selling varicose vein treatments. At least, this is the situation with ads in south Florida.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Possible lymphocele aspirated today and sent to pathology. He will follow up with ortho and radiology next week if drain can be placed.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 1973MD

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Graduated 1973MD

Residency

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Awards

Top Vascular Surgeon , Third Place, National - Fall
2014
Top Vascular Surgeon, First Place, National - Spring
2015

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
Society for Vascular Surgery
International Society of Surgery
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