Dr. Rodriguez has been trained in two medical specialties.
Having studied Emergency Medicine, Dr. Rodriguez has been trained to work in the emergency rooms within hospitals, serving as the first physician to diagnose and treat critically ill or injured patients. Care is usually limited to stabilizing patients with life-threatening injuries and performing life-saving procedures.
Emergency medicine physicians can be found in hospitals and clinics, usually providing care in emergency rooms or similar clinical settings. Physicians that practice emergency medicine employ a vast medical knowledge and are capable of diagnosing and treating a very wide range of injuries and diseases. Physicians working in the emergency room play a vital role in stabilizing and resuscitating patients that are in critical or life-threatening condition.
Generally, the extent of care from these physicians will end after stabilization or resuscitation of a patient. Once stabilized, the physician will usually send the patient to the appropriate setting, such as the intensive care unit (ICU), for further monitoring or treatment.
Aside from being present in the emergency rooms throughout hospitals, physicians practicing emergency medicine may also be found in ICUs alongside critical care specialists or in urgent care clinics. Additionally, these physicians may also be found in ambulances or medical evacuation helicopters, helping to stabilize patients and ensuring a safe trip to the destination.
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Having studied Plastic Surgery, Dr. Rodriguez has been trained to perform a variety of surgeries that can restore or correct the form and function of the human body, either cosmetic or reconstructive. Dr. Rodriguez is able to correct abnormalities of the body that may be causing adverse health effects, or perform surgeries to correct malformations caused by birth defects, trauma, tumors or disease.
Plastic surgery is a medical specialty focused on the surgical repair or reconstruction of malformations or injuries to the body. Within plastic surgery there are two main subspecialties, cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. The goal of cosmetic surgery (often referred to as elective plastic surgery) is improve the aesthetics and appearance of body parts, while reconstructive surgery is focused more on the repair and reconstruction of malfunctioning body parts. Plastic surgeons may perform both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, or they may specialize in one area or the other.
Most reconstructive plastic surgery is due to either traumatic injuries or congenital (present at birth) defects. Common operations performed within reconstructive plastic surgery include scar revision, hand surgery, breast reduction or reconstruction (sometimes listed as a cosmetic operation), cleft palate and lip surgeries and surgeries to remove skin cancer, among other operations.
Cosmetic surgery, or elective plastic surgery, is performed when a patient is unhappy with their body and wishes to alter their appearance through a variety of surgical procedures. Common operations within cosmetic surgery include eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), forehead and face lifts, ear pinning surgery (otoplasty), rhinoplasty (nose surgery), skin resurfacing, breast augmentation, chin augmentation, liposuction, mole removal, and “tummy-tucks” (abdominoplasty), among others.
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