Robotic Surgery Specialist

Flagstaff Surgical Associates -  - Urology

Flagstaff Surgical Associates

General Surgery, Urology & Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists located in Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff Surgical Associates in Flagstaff, Arizona, offers state-of-the-art da Vinci® robotic surgery for a wide range of procedures. The practice is devoted to staying abreast of emerging surgical technology and techniques to ensure that you receive the best possible treatment. If you’re looking for expert surgeons who use robotic surgery, call Flagstaff Surgical Associates, or make an appointment online today.

Robotic Surgery Q & A

What is robotic surgery?

The board-certified physicians at Flagstaff Surgical Associates offer robotic surgery procedures with the innovative da Vinci surgery system. 

The da Vinci system includes a magnified 3D high-definition video system, tiny wristed instruments that provide 360-degree rotation and range of motion that far exceeds human dexterity. 

Flagstaff Surgical Associates uses the da Vinci system for the following significant operations.


Prostatectomy is a partial or complete removal of the prostate gland for patients who have either severe benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or prostate cancer.


Nephrectomy involves the partial or radical removal of the kidney if you have cancer. A partial nephrectomy removes the tumor while leaving as much of the kidney as possible. Radical nephrectomy involves the removal of the kidney, plus the adrenal gland, fat, and lymph nodes in the area.

The da Vinci robotic system enables your surgeon to use Firefly fluorescence imaging to assess blood flow in the kidney during partial nephrectomy.


Pyeloplasty is reconstructive surgery of the ureter, the tube that allows urine to flow from your kidney into your bladder. The ureter can become narrower or develop scarring, causing a ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction.


Removal of one of the adrenal glands when it has a tumor. Adrenal masses are rarely cancerous but can cause problems with blood pressure, heart and other organ function, and hormone imbalance.

Throughout the operation, your surgeon is 100% in control of the equipment. Their movements are translated into smaller and more precise movements, increasing the accuracy while reducing trauma to the healthy tissue that surrounds your surgical site.

What happens during robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery allows Flagstaff Surgical Associates physicians to perform precise, minimally invasive surgeries. While most procedures are outpatient surgeries, you have anesthesia to ensure you sleep comfortably through the operation. 

When you’re prepared for the procedure, your surgeon makes the necessary small incisions in your body and inserts the da Vinci surgical instruments through the incisions and into your body. They perform the surgery with the equipment, which allows enhanced precision. 

One of the da Vinci surgical devices includes a light and a camera that sends a video feed from inside your body to a magnified, high-definition screen in the operating room. 

What are the benefits of robotic surgery?

Like all minimally invasive surgeries, robotic surgeries usually have more rapid recovery times and reduce your risk of blood loss, scarring, and infection. 

The da Vinci robotic surgery system also provides enhanced precision. Your surgeon has better visualization of your body, and the equipment is far more nimble than even the most experienced surgeon’s human hands.

If you need surgery and are looking for experts who use robotic surgery in the Flagstaff area, call Flagstaff Surgical Associates or make an appointment online today.