Office Information & Forms
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.
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.
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.
The following forms can be downloaded to your computer and printed at home. Our Surgeon’s request all New Patient Paperwork be completed prior to your appointment. This allows them a chance to review your information and make their best surgical recommendation. Also, 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 and Banner Aetna
- BCBS-TPA’s-(Third Party Administrators)–Not Contracted with the following Networks: Pima ConnectNetwork, Pima FocusNetwork and Neighborhood Network
- Bright Health Plan
- Cigna and Cigna Administered By Oscar
- Intel Connected Care
- Tricare UHC Military/Tricare Standard and Prime
- TriWest CCN
- AZ Complete Health
- Banner University Family Care and Banner University LTC.
- Banner University (Medicare Advantage)
- Care 1st/Wellcare Liberty (Medicare Advantage)
- Health Choice Pathway (Medicare Advantage)
- Mercy Care Plan/Mercy Care RBHA/Mercy Care Advantage (Medicare Advantage)
- Steward Health Choice
- UHC Community Plan/UHC Dual Complete (Medicare Advantage)
- Ambetter By AZ Complete Health
- Blue Cross HMO
- Bright Health
- Cigna Connect
- UHC Compass
- Medicare Plans
- AARP Medicare Complete
- Aetna (Medicare Advantage)
- Allwell By AZ Complete Health (Medicare Advantage)
- Banner Plus (Medicare Advantage)/Banner Prime (Medicare Advantage)
- BCBS Blue Journey PPO (Medicare Advantage)/BCBS Pathway HMO (Medicare Advantage)
- Bright Health (Medicare Advantage)
- Cigna Healthsprings (Alliance/Medicare Advantage)
- Devoted Health-EHN/Imperial Health-EHN
- Humana Medicare (Medicare Advantage)
- UHC (Medicare Advantage)
- WellCare Value HMO (Medicare Advantage)
- da Vinci® Surgery: Robotic Surgery
- Cancer Support Community
- American Cancer Society
- Colon Cancer Alliance.org
- Breast 360
- American College of Surgeons
- American Board of Surgery
- Society of Surgical Oncology
- The American Society of Breast Surgeons
- American Board of Medical Specialties
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Pre-Op: General Surgery Instructions
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 a written prescription 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. If you had a surgery for a PD Catheter please speak with your surgeon regarding bathing instructions.
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. Alternatively, Dermabond (skin glue) may be used and will fall off in 1 to 2 weeks.
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