General Surgery

GENERAL SURGERY

General Surgery Procedures

When surgery is the best treatment option, and your health is at stake, you need an expert that you can trust. That’s why we take pride in our well-rounded staff of excellent healthcare providers, who dedicate their lives to helping their patients improve their health and quality of life. Our board-certified surgeons are trained to perform minimally-invasive procedures, including laparoscopic, robotic and endoscopic surgery. By using these advanced techniques and communicating surgery expectations clearly with our patients, we are able to minimize recovery time and get you back to doing the things you love!

We treat a broad range of health conditions, including breast cancer, colon cancer, hernias, gallbladder disease, gastrointestinal disorders, thyroid disorders, obesity, and many more. If you are in need of a top-notch, experienced surgeon, you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands at Flagstaff Surgical.

General Surgery FAQs

Can I send the doctor emails?

You are able to communicate with our office through our patient portal. It is a great way to communicate on non-emergent issues, such as: prescription refill, appointment request, billing questions or medical records requests. You should have been provided a paperwork with portal registration information including a PIN number. If you don’t have this call our office to obtain you PIN and follow this link to get started! FSA Patient Portal

Where will my surgery be done?

Flagstaff Surgical Associates work with the hospital and several surgery centers.  We will schedule at the facility that best fits your surgery needs is contracted with your insurance carrier. 

Will I be able to eat or drink before my surgery?

It is important to have an empty stomach before surgery to minimize the chance of vomiting during or after surgery to avoid complications.  You will generally be instructed not to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery. This is extremely important and your surgery will be cancelled if these instructions are not followed.

Why does it take so long to schedule my surgery?

On average, surgery takes 7 to 10 days to schedule. Insurance often requires precertification and/or authorization.  There is usually preoperatively testing that the patient must have and patient, surgeon and surgery facility schedules need to be coordinated. We know that waiting for your surgery is not easy but we will do our best to get your surgery scheduled as soon as possible.

How do I know if my surgery is healing normally?

It is normal for your incision to appear discolored or slightly swollen.  Call our office if you are having excessive pain, increased swelling or drainage or if you just have questions or concerns.

When should I make my postoperative, follow up appointment?

If you are not given a follow up time when you are discharged after surgery, please call our office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible after returning  home. Typically, the postoperative appointment should be 7 to 10 days after surgery unless your doctor tells you something different.

How long does it take until I receive my pathology results?

We usually receive pathology results in 3 to 5 working days.  If special stains are required or specimens are sent to outside facilities, the results may take up to 2 weeks longer.  We will do our best to have the results to you as soon as possible

This page is intended for informational use only and not medical advise. Please call our office to schedule an appointment.

Health Conditions that we Treat

Breast Cancer

  • Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. Breast cancer kills more women in the United States than any cancer except lung cancer. No one knows why some women get breast cancer, but there are a number of risk factors. Risks that you cannot change include
    • Age – the chance of getting breast cancer rises as a woman gets older
    • Genes – there are two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2 that greatly increase the risk. Women who have family members with breast or ovarian cancer may wish to be tested.
    • Personal factors – beginning periods before age 12 or going through menopause after age 55
  • Other risks include being overweight, using hormone replacement therapy (also called menopausal hormone therapy), taking birth control pills, drinking alcohol, not having children or having your first child after age 35 or having dense breasts.
  • Symptoms of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in size or shape of the breast or discharge from a nipple. Breast self-exam and mammography can help find breast cancer early when it is most treatable. Treatment may consist of radiation, lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy.
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Colon Cancer

  • The colon and rectum are part of the large intestine. Colorectal cancer occurs when tumors form in the lining of the large intestine. It is common in both men and women. The risk of developing colorectal cancer rises after age 50. You’re also more likely to get it if you have colorectal polyps, a family history of colorectal cancer, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, eat a diet high in fat, or smoke.
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Endocrine Disorders

  • Your endocrine system includes eight major glands throughout your body. These glands make hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers. They travel through your bloodstream to tissues or organs. Hormones work slowly and affect body processes from head to toe. These include:
    • Growth & Development
    • Metabolism
    • Sexual function
    • Reproduction
    • Mood
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Gallbladder Disease

  • Your gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ under your liver. It stores bile, a fluid made by your liver to digest fat. As your stomach and intestines digest food, your gallbladder releases bile through a tube called the common bile duct. The duct connects your gallbladder and liver to your small intestine.
Your gallbladder is most likely to give you trouble if something blocks the flow of bile through the bile ducts. That is usually a gallstone. Gallstones form when substances in bile harden. Rarely, you can also get cancer in your gallbladder.
Many gallbladder problems get better with removal of the gallbladder. Fortunately, you can live without a gallbladder. Bile has other ways of reaching your small intestine.
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Gastrointestinal Diseases

  • When you eat, your body breaks food down to a form it can use to build and nourish cells and provide energy. This process is called digestion.Your digestive system is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube. It runs from your mouth to your anus and includes your esophagus, stomach, and small and large intestines. Your liver, gallbladder and pancreas are also involved. They produce juices to help digestion.There are many types of digestive disorders. The symptoms vary widely depending on the problem. In general, you should see your doctor if you have
    • Blood in your stool
    • Changes in bowel habits
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • Unintentional weight loss
    • Heartburn not relieved by antacids
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Hernias

  • A hernia happens when part of an internal organ or tissue bulges through a weak area of muscle. Most hernias are in the abdomen.There are several types of hernias, including
    • Inguinal, in the groin. This is the the most common type.
    • Umbilical, around the belly button
    • Incisional, through a scar
    • Hiatal, a small opening in the diaphragm that allows the upper part of the stomach to move up into the chest.
    • Congenital diaphragmatic, a birth defect that needs surgery

Hernias are common. They can affect men, women, and children. A combination of muscle weakness and straining, such as with heavy lifting, might contribute. Some people are born with weak abdominal muscles and may be more likely to get a hernia.

Treatment is usually surgery to repair the opening in the muscle wall. Untreated hernias can cause pain and health problems.

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Thyroid Disorders

  • Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid hormones control the rate of many activities in your body. These include how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. All of these activities are your body’s metabolism.Thyroid problems include
    • Goiter – enlargement of the thyroid gland
    • Hyperthyroidism – when your thyroid gland makes more thyroid hormones than your body needs
    • Hypothyroidism – when your thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormones
    • Thyroid cancer
      • Thyroid nodules – lumps in the thyroid gland
      • Thyroiditis – swelling of the thyroid
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