Advanced Surgical Associates | Mesa, Gilbert & Scottsdale, AZ

Office Information & Forms

Hours

Advanced Surgical Associates is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Each physician has a different schedule for treating patients in the office and the operating room.

Emergencies

You may reach our office 24 hours a day. When the office is closed, the answering service will take a message. If you have a medical emergency, we recommend that you go to the emergency room and tell them that you wish to receive treatment from one of our physicians.

Scheduling Appointments

Please contact our receptionist during office hours at 480.969.4138, or schedule your follow-up appointment as you leave our office. If you must cancel an appointment, please call at least 24 hours in advance, so that we may accommodate another patient.

We know that your time is important and we try to have you see your doctor at the time of your scheduled appointment, but due to complexity and unpredictability of our patients’ problems, delays may occur. We appreciate your patience at these times.

Patient Forms

The following forms can be downloaded to your computer and printed at home. By filling out these forms ahead of time, you will save a significant amount of time during your visit.

Note: These files are in PDF format. If you do not have Adobe® Reader® on your computer, you can download it for free by clicking here or on the Get Adobe Reader icon.

List of Current Contracted Insurance

  • Aetna (Not contracted with Aetna Aexcel)
    • HMO (authorization required, UNLESS “Aetna HMO open Access”)
    • PPO
    • POS
    • BHN ( Banner Health Network)
  • Allegiance
  • Ameriben
  • APIPA (AHCCCS) (paper referral needed)
  • AZPC ( Arizona Priority Care)
  • Assurant
  • Banner Choice Plus (paper referral needed)
  • Banner Select 500
  • BCBS
    • Alliance Network: Must use Banner or Scottsdale Healthcare. Prefix: XBN,XBT,XBA
    • ACCLAIM Network: Must use Banner facilities Prefix: XBR
    • Banner Health Network
    • Medicare Advantage (Must use Banner facilities) Prefix: XBU
    • Select Network: Must use Dignity facilities, PV Hospital, St. Joseph. Prefix: XBJ,XBI
  • Champ VA (no referral required)
  • Cigna PPO, POS and HMO (referral needed for HMO)
    • Medicare (Cigna Health Spring)
  • Evercare (paper referral)
    • Pacificare only (paper referral)
  • Foundation for Medical Care (AZFMC)
  • GEHA
  • Gilsbar
  • Great West
  • HealthNet PPO, POS,HMO (referral needed for HMO)
    • Az Priority Care (auth required)
    • AHCCCS (paper referral)
    • Health Net Access
  • Healthsmart
  • Humana PPO, POS, HMO (referral for HMO) Humana Gold ( paper referral)
  • Indian Health Services (AHCCCS)
  • Lifewise
  • Mayo
  • Medicare
  • Meritain
  • Meritus {NO HMO Plans}( Banner, Pima, Abrazo, MIHS, Mohave)
    • AZFMC
    • HMO Complete PPO
  • SCAN
    • Life print Optum medical network ( Dignity facilities only) (paper referral needed)
  • Secure Horizons- Paper Referral
  • United Health Care
    • AARP
    • Compass Plus HMO (Must have an electronic referral thru UHC website or else no coverage)
    • Community Plan-(AHCCCS)
    • Golden Rule (Golden Rule Navigate needs a referral)
    • Navigate (referral needs to be uploaded by PCP before scheduling)
    • Core & Core Essential: ( DOES NOT require referrals)
    • Charter, Compass & Navigate (Referral required, NO benefits unless referral issues
    • Charter Balanced, Compass Balanced, Navigate Balanced: Lower-Level benefits WITH-OUT referral, Higher Benefits with referral and lower out-of network Benefits
      (Referrals are good for up to 6 visits and referrals expire in 6 months)
  • UHC Medicare Complete (referral needed)
    • Banner East Valley Network
    • Phoenix Direct Hospital Network
    • Complete Access Network
    • Lifeprint
    • UHC Community Plan
  • Tricare
    • West Region (OON # required)
    • Standard ( No referral required)
    • Prime (referral required) – As secondary it may not require this
    • For Life (Secondary to Medicare, does not require referral)
  • Veterans choice care (APPROVAL NEEDED)

Advanced Surgical Associates | Mesa, Gilbert & Scottsdale, AZ

Patient Resources

Pre-Op: General Surgery Instructions

Testing:
It is extremely important that all your pre-op testing is completed 2 weeks to a minimum of 1 week prior to surgery. Non-compliance may result in the postponement of surgery. Do NOT eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to your surgery including gum, water, and candy. Do NOT take any aspirin or aspirin products for one (1) week prior to surgery.Do NOT take herbal supplements such as, Fish Oil, Vitamin E or St. John’s Wort for three (3) weeks prior to surgery.

Day Of Surgery:

  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Do NOT wear makeup or jewelry.
  • Take a case for your glasses, contacts, and/or dentures.
  • Take a list (ONLY) of all your medications.
  • After surgery, you will be taken to a recovery unit usually for 1-2 hours.
  • If you are admitted to the hospital, you will be taken to your hospital room from recovery.
  • If you have had outpatient surgery, you will be discharged with orders from your physician. The nurse in the recovery room will review the discharge instructions with you. You MUST make arrangements for someone to drive you home. If you have had a general anesthesia, a responsible caregiver should stay with you for your first 24 hours at home.

Post-Op: General Surgery Instructions

Diet – You may eat whenever you like following a procedure but most patients find a bland or liquid diet to be preferable for a day or two.

Medications – Unless specifically instructed, you may restart any medication previously prescribed. Pain medications should be taken as directed on the label and can be refilled usually by telephone but only during normal business hours.

Bathing – You may shower the day after surgery. Soaking in the bathtub, hot tub or pool is discouraged until after your doctor releases you, usually after the post-op visit.

Dressing – Dry gauze dressings should be removed on the day after surgery. Commonly, small paper strips (steristrips or butterflies) will be present and will remain for several days. These will fall off and should not be removed for one week. Dissolving sutures will be beneath the skin.

Activity – You may gradually return to normal activity levels and daily tasks as your discomfort permits. Specific limitations concerning sports and lifting will be addressed at the post-op visit.

Driving – Often it is best to avoid driving until after the post operative visit once the wound is healing well and your pain is significantly decreased.

Work or School – One may return to work or school when the discomfort allows, providing the limitations on sports or lifting are met. Most patients prefer to wait to return until after a post-op visit.

Return Visit – Please call the Advanced Surgical Associate office at 480.969.4138 to arrange for a routine post- operative check. This will usually be within 10 to 14 days of your surgery/procedure.

Call the Office – If you experience any of the following problems, please call Advanced Surgical Associate at 480.969.4138:

  • Fever over 101 F
  • Excessive Bleeding
  • Excessive Redness
  • Nausea or vomiting

Popular Herbal Products & Possible Side Effects Or Interactions With Anesthetics

  • Black Cohosh: Blood pressure decrease; may increase bleeding
  • Cayenne: Stimulant and increases blood flow
  • Echinacca: Immune suppression; liver inflammation
  • Ephedra: Suppress appetite, stimulant
  • Feverfew: Migraine, insomnia, anxiety and joint stiffness; risk of prolonged bleeding
  • Garlic: Blood pressure changes; risk of prolonged bleeding
  • Ginger: Sedative effects; risk of bleeding, especially if taken with aspirin and gingko
  • Ginseng: Insomnia and irritability; risk of cardiac effects
  • Goldenseal: Liver/bile, wound healing
  • Hawthorne: Angina, coronary circulation
  • Hoodia: Changes in blood sugar; possible arrhythmia
  • Kava: Sedative effects; potential liver toxicity; risk of additive effect to medications
  • Lavender: Sedative, anti-flatulent
  • Lemon Balm: Anti-anxiety, sedative, antispasmodic, digestive
  • Licorice: Gastric-intestinal symptoms, anti-inflammatory agent
  • Mik Thistle: Liver, possible toxicity
  • Saw Palmetto: Diuretic, sedative
  • St. Johns Wort: Sedation; blood pressure changes; risk of interaction with other medications that prolong effects w/anesthesia
  • Valerian: Increased sedative effects