Gallbladder Surgery Specialist

Ronald Ambe, MD -  - Proctologist

Ronald Ambe, MD

Proctologist & Colorectal Surgeon located in Kingwood, TX

Every year, as many as 300,000 people in the United States have gallbladder surgery to remove their diseased gallbladder and alleviate symptoms. At Texas Surgical Care in Kingwood, Texas, board-certified general surgeon Ronald Ambe, MD, specializes in gallbladder surgery and offers minimally invasive approaches when appropriate. To discuss your gallbladder surgery with an experienced and compassionate surgeon, call the office or click the online booking tool today.

Gallbladder Surgery Q & A

What is the gallbladder?

The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ underneath your liver. Its primary function is to store and concentrate bile, which is a substance that helps digest fat. 

Bile is made in your liver and then sent through ducts for storage in your gallbladder. When you eat foods high in fat, a hormone called cholecystokinin triggers your gallbladder to contract and release bile into your small intestines to break up the fatty molecules. 

Why would I need gallbladder surgery?

Gallbladder surgery, or cholecystectomy, is very common and there are many reasons why you would benefit from the removal of the organ. Some of the most common reasons for gallbladder surgery include:

  • Gallstones
  • Gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis)
  • Gangrenous gallbladder
  • Formation of an abscess on the gallbladder
  • Poor functioning
  • Congenital defect
  • Cancer

These conditions may impair gallbladder function, cause pain, or affect your overall health. Though your gallbladder has a specific function, you don’t need it to survive. 

When removed, your liver takes over the function of the gallbladder and secretes the bile when needed directly into your small intestines. 

How is gallbladder surgery performed?

Dr. Ambe at Texas Surgical Care is an experienced general surgeon and offers three approaches for gallbladder surgery:

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

The laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a minimally invasive approach for gallbladder surgery. During this procedure, Dr. Ambe inserts a laparoscope (thin surgical camera) through a small incision in your abdomen and then makes additional incisions for his surgical instruments and removal of your diseased gallbladder.

Dr. Ambe prefers the minimally invasive approach for gallbladder surgery because it results in less pain, less scarring, and a faster recovery. 

Robotic cholecystectomy

For ultra-precision, Dr. Ambe may use the da Vinci® surgical system to perform your gallbladder surgery. This innovative surgical tool allows Dr. Ambe to create precise incisions using robotic arms he controls from a console in the surgical room. 

Open cholecystectomy

Though minimally invasive procedures are preferred, some patients require an open cholecystectomy. During this procedure, Dr. Ambe makes an incision through the skin, fatty tissue, and muscle of your abdomen to remove your diseased gallbladder.

You may benefit from an open cholecystectomy if you have a history of abdominal surgery, you’re obese, or your gallbladder is severely diseased or damaged. 

To discuss your gallbladder surgery options, contact Texas Surgical Care by phone or book online today.x