Hernia Specialist

Ronald Ambe, MD -  - Proctologist

Ronald Ambe, MD

Proctologist & Colorectal Surgeon located in Kingwood, TX

Hernias occur when the internal structures in your body protrude through the tissue meant to contain it. Though hernia types and symptoms vary, most don’t get better with time, and surgery is often needed to repair the protrusion. Ronald Ambe, MD, a board-certified general surgeon at Texas Surgical Care, works closely with you to develop the most effective treatment plan for your hernia. For a consultation, call the office in Kingwood, Texas, or request an appointment through the online booking tool.

Hernia Q & A

What is a hernia?

Hernias occur when an internal structure or organ protrudes through the muscles or tissue meant to hold it in place. Most hernias occur in the abdominal area from your chest to your groin. 

Common hernia symptoms include:

  • Noticeable bulge
  • Pain at the site of the bulge
  • Pain when lifting
  • Sense of fullness in your abdominal area
  • Dull ache

Your hernia won’t get better with time. And, for many, surgery is needed to push the protruded organ back in place and reinforce the weakened tissue or muscle to prevent a recurrence. 

What are hernia types?

There are many types of hernias. The most common include:

Groin hernia

With a groin hernia, also known as the inguinal hernia, fatty tissue or a portion of the intestine protrudes into the groin near the upper thigh. Groin hernias affect both men and women but are more common in men.

Ventral hernia

A ventral hernia refers to any hernia that develops along the midline of your abdomen and includes umbilical hernias, epigastric hernias, and incisional hernias.

Umbilical hernia

With an umbilical hernia, fatty tissue or a portion of your intestines pokes through a weakened area of muscle near your belly button. 

Spigellian hernia

A Spigellian hernia refers to a protrusion of your intestines through your abdominal muscles below your belly button. 

What happens if I don’t treat my hernia?

With the exception of umbilical hernias, hernias don’t go away. When left untreated, hernias get larger over time and may increase your risk of health complications, such as an abdominal obstruction or intestinal strangulation. You may also experience an increase in pain as your hernia grows. 

How are hernias treated?

At Texas Surgical Care, Dr. Ambe develops individualized treatment plans for the management of hernias based on the type and symptoms, as well as your overall health. 

He takes a holistic approach to care and considers your physical, cultural, emotional, and financial well-being when designing your treatment plan. 

Dr. Ambe is an accomplished general surgeon and uses advanced surgical tools and techniques that provide the best possible outcomes for you. In most cases, Dr. Ambe takes a minimally invasive approach when repairing your hernia and places a mesh to reinforce the weakened tissue. 

To discuss hernia repair options with an experienced surgeon, contact Texas Surgical Care by phone or online today.