General Surgical Care

General surgeons consult with patients and perform surgery for a broad spectrum of diseases. Surgical knowledge focuses on the organs found in a person’s torso and includes thyroid glands, esophagus, gallbladder, stomach, intestine, liver and the colon.  General Surgeons also deal with diseases involving the skin, breast or soft tissue, and the repair of hernias. They can sub-specialize in trauma, colorectal surgery or breast surgery to name a few. Due to their broad training, general surgeons work closely with many other specialists to diagnose patients and to provide surgical care when needed.

When medication and other non-surgical treatments fail to relieve symptoms, surgery is sometimes the suggested treatment. Dr. VanAmburg helps ease any anxiety her patient’s may feel about surgery by educating them and answering their questions. All surgical options are discussed and explained to her patient’s satisfaction.

In the United States general surgery requires five to seven years of residency training following the completion of medical school. This residency covers the following areas: alimentary tract, abdomen and its contents, breast, skin, soft tissue, endocrine system, solid organ transplantation, pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, surgical oncology, trauma and burn emergency surgery, and vascular surgery.  These are the required fields of residency for certification in the field. Continuous medical education is required for every Physician on a yearly basis once residency is completed.

The American Board of Surgery certifies general surgeons once they complete residency and every 10 years thereafter. Dr. VanAmburg has maintained board certification since 2002 and offers a wide range of surgical expertise in her practice. Dr. VanAmburg is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and a fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. VanAmburg has over 30 years of experience as both a nurse and as a surgeon.