Dr. Joseph Ronaghan is a general surgeon practicing in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Ronaghan specializes in abdominal contents including the esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and often thyroid glands. General surgeons are able to deal with almost any surgical or critical care emergency, also involving the skin or soft tissue trauma. Dr. Ronaghan provides quality surgical service for gravely ill or injured patients and is able to respond quickly due to knowledge of various surgical procedures.
Education and Training
Tulane Univ Sch of Med, New Orleans La 1977
Tulane University School of Medicine 1977
Jehlum Valley College of Medical Sciences
American Board of Surgery- General Surgery
SurgeryAmerican Board of SurgeryABS
Dr. Joseph Edward Ronaghan, MD, FACS, FICS's Expert Contributions
The classic treatment for this condition is a surgical procedure called anal sphincterotomy, which splits the internal anal sphincter and relaxes that muscle so the fissure can heal. Recently, Botox injections have been used to accomplish the same effect, which greatly decreases discomfort and healing time. You need to discuss this with a colon/rectal surgeon to get the best recommendation. Joseph E. Ronaghan, MD, FACS, FICS READ MORE
There are many different techniques available for this procedure. All are safe and effective, and vary in price. I suggest you use WebMD.com or google to see pictures and videos of the various techniques, then explore the resources in your community. Joseph E. Ronaghan, MD, FACS, FICS READ MORE
Loose stools and pain for a few days following gallbladder surgery is not unusual. If the loose stools contain noticeable mucus or bright red blood, you should contact your surgeon or go to the emergency room to be evaluated for possible antibiotic-induced colitis. Otherwise, the loose stools usually resolve with resumption of normal diet. Using a heating pad on you abdomen can help alleviate the pain. Joseph E. Ronaghan, MD, FACS, FICS READ MORE
If indeed you have a “slipped disc”, surgery will be the most likely therapy to give you long term relief. I suggest you consult a neurosurgeon and heed his recommendations. Good luck!! Joseph E. Ronaghan, MD, FACS, FICS Associate Professor, Dept. of Surgery READ MORE
If your gallstones are causing symptoms (pain, nausea, bloating) then the treatment will be laparoscopic removal of the gall bladder. If you have no symptoms, then watchful waiting is acceptable. Symptomatic gallstones in diabetics must always be removed... Good luck!! Joseph E. Ronaghan, MD, FACS, FICS READ MORE
You need to discuss this with your surgeon. Chronic postoperative pain could signify nerve entrapment, recurrent hernia, or osteitis pubis. Sometimes surgery is required, and other conditions can be managed with medications and physical therapy. Complications from possible mesh placement should also be considered. Good luck! Joseph E. Ronaghan, MD, FACS, FICS READ MORE
Your problem sounds less like a seroma and more like a fluid collection of salivary fluid due to a leaking salivary duct. Seromas don’t recur within a couple of hours, but a salivary fistula can. I suggest you discuss this possibility with your surgeon, and ask him to test the fluid for amylase content. Salivary fluid will be very high in amylase, and a seroma will not. Your surgeon can then determine the best course of action depending on the results. Joseph E. Ronaghan, MD, FACS, FICS READ MORE
In most cases your life improves significantly after gall bladder surgery. Very few people have any digestive issues, and unless they have a diet restriction due to some other medical condition, most patients can resume a normal, unrestricted diet without difficulty. Joseph E. Ronaghan, MD, FACS, FICS Associate Professor, Dept. of Surgery READ MORE
If general anesthesia is planned for elective surgery, you should quit smoking for at least 6 weeks prior to the procedure. Abruptly quitting smoking causes an increase in mucus secretion by the lungs and trachea, and this process needs time to subside before anesthesia. Make sure you discuss this issue with both your surgeon and anesthesia provider before surgery. Joseph E. Ronaghan, MD, FACS, FICS READ MORE
If you are having back pain I would recommend you return to the physician who performed your surgery. He is most familiar with your back issues, and would likely be more efficient in identifying your problem. Joseph E. Ronaghan, MD, FACS, FICS Associate Professor, Dept. of Surgery READ MORE
You don’t say if you’re male or female and how old you are, so that really opens up the possibilities. Appendicitis is usually associated with pain starting by the belly button and moving to the right lower quadrant where it becomes constant and increasing. It may be associated with fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Intermittent pain in a pre-menopausal female could be related to mid-cycle ovulation pain or an ovarian cyst. It would be best to see a gynecologist or primary care physician for a thorough evaluation, which may include sonograms and/or CT scans. Joseph E. Ronaghan, MD, FACS, FICS Associate Professor, Dept. of Surgery READ MORE
Your problem is not unusual. There are multiple sites in the brain called "trigger zones" that control nausea. Anesthesia specialists need to block all of these zones to prevent excess postop nausea, and this requires giving you 4-6 different medications before you go sleep. Discuss this problem with your anesthesia provider before your next surgery, and you should have a better result. Joseph E. Ronaghan, MD, FACS, FICS Associate Professor, Dept. of Surgery READ MORE
You should consult an Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in total joint replacement surgery and have him perform a complete evaluation. I would suggest a surgeon who is part of a medical school faculty, and would rely on his expertise. Good luck!! Joseph E. Ronaghan, MD, FACS, FICS Associate Professor, Dept. of Surgery READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Associate Professor of Surgery, University of North Texas Health Sciences Center -
- America's Top Surgeons, Consumer Research Council, 2007-2010
- American Society of General Surgeons
- Society for Surgery of the Alimnetary Tract
- American College of Surgeons Oncology Group
- American Medical Association
- Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
- Fellow, American College of Surgeons
- Fellow, International College of Surgeons
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Wright State Univ Sch Of Med, General Surgery; Miami Valley Hosp, General Surgery
- General, Breast and Cancer Surgery
- Columbus Airforce Base
Professional Society Memberships
- American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Society of Breast Disease, American Society of Clinical Oncology
What do you attribute your success to?
The Work Ethic his Parents Instilled in Him, Love of the Field- His Parents were in the medical field as well.
Hobbies / Sports
- Golf, Reading, Computers
Favorite professional publications
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Get to know Surgical Oncologist Dr. Joseph Edward Ronaghan, who serves the Fort Worth, TX area with the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Ronaghan graduated in 1977 with his Medical Degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been practicing medicine for over four decades. After obtaining his Medical Degree Dr. Ronaghan completed his internship with Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Following his internship he completed his General Surgery Residency with Wright State University in Ohio. Furthering his training he completed a fellowship as a General Medical Officer with the Columbus Air Force Base in Missouri. He is also the former Chief of Surgery at Cannon AFB, New Mexico. He is certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery. To remain up to date in his field, he is a professional member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Society of Breast Disease, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and the International College of Surgeons. Dr. Ronaghan is currently an Associate Professor with the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Ronaghan is also involved in the only research trial in the Fort Worth area designing pacemakers to reduce the symptoms of diabetic gastroparesis. He has co-author the section on office surgery in Rakel’s Textbook of Family Medicine, as well as being on the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine Surgery Promotion & Tenure Committee as Chair. Surgical oncology is the use of surgery to treat cancer. Surgery is done to remove tumors that are cancer. Surgery can be used by itself to treat the cancer or it can be done with other treatments. Surgery in cancer care is used to, diagnose and stage a cancer, remove the whole cancer tumor or mass, ease symptoms caused by the cancer, to return or change the body’s condition after a surgery. Dr. Ronaghan specializes in treating breast disease and cancers, as well as thyroid, hernias, and colorectal cancer. Dr. Ronaghan attributes his success to the work ethic his parents instilled in him, love of the field that he grew up with as his parents were in the medical field as well. When he is not working he enjoys playing golf, reading, and working with computers.
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