Northern Arizona's experts in general surgery, urology,
audiology, allergy, & ENT treatment.
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.
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.
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.
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
Flagstaff Surgical Associates works with the hospital and two local surgery centers. We will schedule at the facility that best fits your surgery needs is contracted with your insurance carrier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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