Dr. Rehnke has been trained in two medical specialties.
General surgeons are trained to perform surgical operations on many different organs including the stomach, esophagus, pancreas, colon, gallbladder, bile ducts, liver and sometimes the thyroid gland, among others.
Some general surgeons may choose to pursue advanced training and education in further specialized areas of general surgery. These may include trauma surgery, vascular surgery, dermatological surgery, colorectal surgery or endocrine surgery, among other areas.
Although it is not mandatory to practice surgery, many general surgeons choose to pursue certification from the American Board of Surgery (ABS) in the area of “general surgery.” By becoming board-certified, physicians demonstrate a “commitment to lifelong learning and quality patient care.”
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Thoracic surgery is a highly specialized field of medicine that provides surgical care for the organs of the chest, including the heart, lungs, esophagus, diaphragm and lymph node. Typically, surgeons who specialize in heart surgery are known as cardiac or cardiovascular surgeons; those that specialize in both areas are often referred to as cardiothoracic surgeons, or simply thoracic surgeons. Nonetheless, general thoracic surgeons typically specialize in the treatment of the lungs, esophagus, chest wall and mediastinum.
General thoracic surgeons are qualified to treat a variety of disorders and diseases affecting the chest and related organs, including lung cancer, esophageal cancer, emphysema, gastroesophageal reflux disease, mesothelioma, swallowing disorders, chest wall tumors, hiatal hernias and hyperhidrosis, among others. Thoracic surgeons are trained to provide surgical operations such as the removal of malignant tissues within the lung (lobectomy or pneumonectomy procedures), thoracoscopy procedures, lung transplant surgery, video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) or robotic-assisted thoracoscopic surery (RATS), among many other complicated, often life-saving, procedures.
Thoracic surgeons are typically employed in hospitals, in specialized wings or divisions (commonly called a “Divison of Thoracic Surgery” or “Thoracic Surgery Division”). Often times, thoracic surgeons are part of a multidisciplinary medical team, working closely with referring physicians and other specialists to ensure the highest standard of care for patients, as these types of surgeries can be very stressful on the body.
Vascular surgery is a specialized field of medicine that encompasses the diagnosis and surgical care for disorders and diseases of the vascular, or circulatory, system. The vascular system is comprised of arteries, veins and lymphatic systems, and is responsible for circulating blood throughout the body. Vascular surgeons are highly trained physicians that perform complex venal or arterial surgeries, with the exception of those in the heart (cardiothoracic surgeon) and brain (neurosurgeon).
Because the vascular system is responsible for the regulation of body temperature and the circulation of blood – which carries oxygen and nutrients, collects waste throughout the body and allows the immune system to function – proper vascular function is essential. Vascular surgeons treat a variety of conditions including varicose veins, arterial blockages, blood clots, vascular trauma, poor circulation in limbs and aneurysms, among others.
Vascular surgeons may perform many different surgical procedures and operations when dealing with these and other complications including both open and non-invasive procedures. For example, when a limb is receiving poor circulation, the surgeon may perform a revascularization of the limb to increase blood flow to the area. They are also trained to stent arterial blockages (angioplasty) and excise varicose veins, among many other procedures.
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