Surgical Professionals, Inc.

Surgical Professionals, Inc. Surgical Professionals is a General Surgery practice located Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Queen Creek in Arizona. Here at Surgical Professionals your health, safety and dignity are our primary concern.

We are staffed by two excellent board certified general surgeons, Dr. Brian Ju and Dr. Devin Gray who have been in practice for 9 and 14 years respectively. They are accompanied by two caring Physician Assistants, Erin Peitzmeier and Ryan Uerkvitz. As a General Surgery practice we specialize in laparoscopic and open surgeries. Dr. Ju performs single incision robotic-assisted gallbladder removal su

We are staffed by two excellent board certified general surgeons, Dr. Brian Ju and Dr. Devin Gray who have been in practice for 9 and 14 years respectively. They are accompanied by two caring Physician Assistants, Erin Peitzmeier and Ryan Uerkvitz. As a General Surgery practice we specialize in laparoscopic and open surgeries. Dr. Ju performs single incision robotic-assisted gallbladder removal su

Operating as usual

07/20/2016

We are now on ACN and Health Choice Preferred!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from everyone at Surgical Professionals! We hope your holiday is filled with laughter...
12/25/2015

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from everyone at Surgical Professionals! We hope your holiday is filled with laughter and good cheer!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from everyone at Surgical Professionals! We hope your holiday is filled with laughter and good cheer!

Are you a current or former patient of Surgical Professionals?We just started our first ever referral program!! Print of...
12/18/2015

Are you a current or former patient of Surgical Professionals?

We just started our first ever referral program!! Print off the image below, write your name on it and have your friends/family bring it in with them to their appointment. You will then receive a $25 Visa gift card in the mail to thank you for your kind referral!

Are you a current or former patient of Surgical Professionals?

We just started our first ever referral program!! Print off the image below, write your name on it and have your friends/family bring it in with them to their appointment. You will then receive a $25 Visa gift card in the mail to thank you for your kind referral!

Staff member of the week: Jennifer PerezJennifer is one of three wonderful ladies who keeps our office running. She has ...
12/15/2015

Staff member of the week: Jennifer Perez

Jennifer is one of three wonderful ladies who keeps our office running. She has been on the staff for the past 2.5 years and loves working in the friendly, encouraging and supportive environment at Surgical Professionals. She also greatly enjoys talking with and helping the patients who come through our office. She was born in California but has spent the majority of her life in Arizona. She is deciding between going to school to become an addiction and substance abuse therapist or an esthetician. Jennifer's family is Ecuadorian and she is fluent in Spanish and English.

Being overweight can play a major role in your health medically speaking but did you also know that it also affects you ...
12/04/2015
10 Tips For Successful Weight Loss

Being overweight can play a major role in your health medically speaking but did you also know that it also affects you from a surgical standpoint?

*it can make people more prone to getting hernias, makes hernias harder to repair and have a higher chance of recurrence
*makes surgery more difficult to perform thus increasing your risk of adverse events
*have an increased risk of heart attack, wound infection, nerve injury, and urinary tract infections.
*puts you at an increased risk for needing surgery

Please read this article if you are struggling with your weight for a few tips on successful weight loss.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/303409.php

In this article, we look at 10 tips for successful weight loss that can be followed to help you lose weight and keep it off for good.

Staff member of the week: Ryan Uerkvitz, PA-CRyan earned his Bachelor of Health Sciences from Arizona State University i...
11/30/2015

Staff member of the week: Ryan Uerkvitz, PA-C

Ryan earned his Bachelor of Health Sciences from Arizona State University in 2008. He continued on to obtain a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University in Mesa. During his clinical rotations he spent 6 weeks at Surgical Professionals and did such a great job that he was hired on as a full-time PA once he graduated. He has been a great addition to our practice for the past 2 years and loves talking with and getting to know his patients in order to give them the best possible care. Ryan is a devoted husband and father of three sons. He enjoys restoring classic cars, camping and hiking throughout the state with friends and family in his free time.

Staff member of the week: Ryan Uerkvitz, PA-C

Ryan earned his Bachelor of Health Sciences from Arizona State University in 2008. He continued on to obtain a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University in Mesa. During his clinical rotations he spent 6 weeks at Surgical Professionals and did such a great job that he was hired on as a full-time PA once he graduated. He has been a great addition to our practice for the past 2 years and loves talking with and getting to know his patients in order to give them the best possible care. Ryan is a devoted husband and father of three sons. He enjoys restoring classic cars, camping and hiking throughout the state with friends and family in his free time.

11/26/2015

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us a Surgical Professionals! We are very thankful to have such wonderful patients and wish you all a healthy and joyous day.

November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month. Please take a moment to read about ways you can help prevent yourself from g...
11/25/2015
Stomach Cancer Prevention & Risk Reducing Facts

November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month. Please take a moment to read about ways you can help prevent yourself from getting the 5th most common type of cancer worldwide by visiting: http://www.nostomachforcancer.org/stomach-cancer-prevention-risk-reducing-facts

Stomach Cancer: Prevention & Reducing Risk Stomach cancer is the fifth most common cancer type worldwide, and the third leading cause of cancer death in the world, with an estimated 723,000 deaths annually. Approximately 1 in 111 men and women will be diagnosed with stomach cancer in their lifetime.…

11/25/2015

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery is here!

Surgical Professionals is proud to offer robotic laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery. Using the latest in the da Vinci robotic assisted surgery, we offer this innovative approach in your surgical care, including single incision gallbaldder surgery. We would be happy to discuss if this option is appropriate for your unique surgical needs. Please feel free to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Ju.

Staff member of the week: Dr. Brian JuDr. Ju obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY.  After ...
11/24/2015

Staff member of the week: Dr. Brian Ju

Dr. Ju obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY. After several years in brain development research, he then obtained his medical degree at the Drexel University School of Medicine. He went on to complete a general surgery residency then moved to the East Valley in 2005 where he continues to practice today as a senior partner of Surgical Professionals, Inc. He is fully Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery.
He offers both general and laparoscopic/robotic surgeries in the fields of general, breast and endocrine. He greatly enjoys taking the time to make his patients feel well informed and comfortable with their healthcare needs and welcomes a phone call if you have any questions or concerns. Dr. Ju is happily married and a father to three wonderful children. He is training for his first marathon and rooting for the Steelers during his free time.

Staff member of the week: Dr. Brian Ju

Dr. Ju obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY. After several years in brain development research, he then obtained his medical degree at the Drexel University School of Medicine. He went on to complete a general surgery residency then moved to the East Valley in 2005 where he continues to practice today as a senior partner of Surgical Professionals, Inc. He is fully Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery.
He offers both general and laparoscopic/robotic surgeries in the fields of general, breast and endocrine. He greatly enjoys taking the time to make his patients feel well informed and comfortable with their healthcare needs and welcomes a phone call if you have any questions or concerns. Dr. Ju is happily married and a father to three wonderful children. He is training for his first marathon and rooting for the Steelers during his free time.

WHAT DO I DO ABOUT THIS LUMP UNDER MY SKIN?* There are many causes for lumps found under the skin but one of the most co...
11/24/2015

WHAT DO I DO ABOUT THIS LUMP UNDER MY SKIN?

* There are many causes for lumps found under the skin but one of the most common causes are lipomas. Lipomas are a benign fatty tumor that typically grow in the fat layer below the skin's surface. In less common cases they can be deeper and even grow into muscle.

* They most commonly occur in the trunk and arms but can appear anywhere. You may have only one or multiple lipomas.

* The cause of lipomas is unknown but can have a genetic component. These patients will have a history of multiple family members with these benign growths.

* Symptoms: typically they are slow growing, soft, mobile masses just under your skin. They can be 1 cm to greater than 10 cm in size. They rarely cause pain or discomfort. They typically never become infected, drain or change the color of your overlying skin.

* Treatment: Lipomas can usually be removed in a general surgeon's office by making an incision through the skin over the mass and dissecting the mass out under a local anesthesia. In some cases, i.e. large or deep lipomas, these need to be removed under general anesthesia and must be done in a surgery center or hospital.

* Diagnosis: Lipomas are almost always diagnosed by physical exam. If you have not yet had your mass(es) diagnosed by a physician you should schedule an appointment with your primary care provider or a general surgeon. Rarely these need to be imaged or biopsied prior to definitive surgical treatment such as in the case of deep, painful, firm or rapidly growing masses. It is very uncommon for lipomas to become malignant, however, if you do have any of these symptoms you should see a surgeon as soon as possible.

* When to seek treatment: Lipomas do not have to be removed if they are not bothering you. If you do choose to have them excised this can be done at your convenience and typically requires little to no downtime after the procedure. Contact a general surgeon when you are ready to have your lipomas removed. If you have any suspicious symptoms such as rapid growth, firmness or the mass is causing you pain you should seek treatment right away.

Staff member of the week: Dr. Devin GrayDr. Gray graduated from medical school at the University of Texas at Houston in ...
11/18/2015

Staff member of the week: Dr. Devin Gray

Dr. Gray graduated from medical school at the University of Texas at Houston in 1992. As an Arizona native, he gladly returned to his home state in order to complete a residency in General Surgery at Maricopa Medical Center in 1997. He decided to stay at Maricopa for the next four years in order to teach surgical residents. After gaining this experience and knowledge he opened his own practice called Surgical Professionals, Inc. He has greatly enjoyed helping members of his community feel better through surgical interventions from routine gallbladder and hernia surgery to thyroid and colorectal surgeries. He loves helping people solve their surgical issues that sometimes have hindered their lifestyle for years. Also, having spent a couple of years in Chile Dr. Gray is fluent in Spanish and enjoys working with Spanish speaking patients.

Staff member of the week: Dr. Devin Gray

Dr. Gray graduated from medical school at the University of Texas at Houston in 1992. As an Arizona native, he gladly returned to his home state in order to complete a residency in General Surgery at Maricopa Medical Center in 1997. He decided to stay at Maricopa for the next four years in order to teach surgical residents. After gaining this experience and knowledge he opened his own practice called Surgical Professionals, Inc. He has greatly enjoyed helping members of his community feel better through surgical interventions from routine gallbladder and hernia surgery to thyroid and colorectal surgeries. He loves helping people solve their surgical issues that sometimes have hindered their lifestyle for years. Also, having spent a couple of years in Chile Dr. Gray is fluent in Spanish and enjoys working with Spanish speaking patients.

WHAT IS THAT LUMP IN MY GROIN?* About 25% of the male population and 2% of the female population will develop a groin (i...
11/18/2015

WHAT IS THAT LUMP IN MY GROIN?

* About 25% of the male population and 2% of the female population will develop a groin (inguinal) hernia in their lifetime. Surgical repair of hernias is the most commonly performed general surgery procedure.

* So what is an hernia? A hernia is a hole in a layer of the abdominal wall called fascia. This hole allows fatty tissue or part of an organ, typically intestine or bladder, to protrude through it causing a bulge in your groin. Typically hernias are caused by repeated stress/increased pressure in the area due to heavy lifting, weight gain/obesity, pregnancy, chronic constipation, persistent coughing or sneezing or previous surgery. Hernia's can occur anywhere in the abdomen and are named depending on their location.

* Symptoms: bulge in either or both groin areas. May occur after a specific incident where you feel immediate pain in the area or pain the next day and a bulge. Increased pain with lifting, an episode of constipation, sneezing or coughing. The bulge is round in shape. They are not always associated with pain. Occasionally my have nausea, vomiting and fevers.

* Diagnosis: typically inguinal hernias are diagnosed by examination alone but in some cases may require a CT scan.

* When to seek treatment: when you notice the bulge. You especially should seek treatment if the bulge is painful, is getting larger or you are not able to push it back in. These inguinal hernias can usually be treated on an outpatient basis by a general surgeon. They are typically repaired laparoscopically with small incisions but in rare cases may require a larger incision. They are almost always repaired with mesh implantation. Hernias never get smaller or go away on their own. If you have severe pain, nausea and vomiting and you are not able to push the hernia back in with your hand this is a medical emergency and you need to go to the Emergency Department.

IS MY GALLBLADDER ACTING UP?* Your gallbladder is an organ that is under the right side of your liver. It stores bile pr...
11/18/2015

IS MY GALLBLADDER ACTING UP?

* Your gallbladder is an organ that is under the right side of your liver. It stores bile produced by your liver to help digest fatty foods. When it is not functioning properly this can lead to painful symptoms that may require surgical removal of your gallbladder.

* Symptoms: sharp or cramping right upper quadrant abdominal pain that usually occurs after eating a fatty or spicy meal. This pain may radiate to your right shoulder blade and the pain can be severe enough to send you to the hospital. The pain may last for less than an hour up to days at a time. It typically comes and goes and over time becomes more frequent. Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting are also common symptoms. Rarely people may develop a fever, yellowing of their skin or eyes, light colored stools or dark urine.

* Tests: the gold standard test to check for gallbladder disease is an ultrasound. If this is inconclusive a HIDA scan may be necessary to check how well you gallbladder is functioning. In some cases lab tests may need to be ordered as well.

* Diseases of the gallbladder: acute or chronic inflammation, gallstones, biliary dyskinesia (decreased function), choledocholithiasis (stones stuck in major bile duct), common bile duct infection, abscess and perforation of the gallbladder, gallbladder polyps, porcelain gallbladder (increased risk of gallbladder cancer), gallbladder cancer.

* When to seek treatment: once you experienced the above mentioned symptoms. If severe, you should go to the emergency room but in many cases this problem can be taken care of on an outpatient basis by a general surgeon. Once you develop gallbladder disease it will not go away on its own and surgical intervention is necessary. In most cases the gallbladder can be removed laparoscopically with small incisions. Please contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation.

11/18/2015

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4135 S Power Rd, # 117
Mesa, AZ
85212

Telephone

(480) 892-2456

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Laparoscopic surgery, laparotomy, robotic-assisted surgery, gallbladder, appendix, colectomy (total/partial), colostomy, colon cancer, small bowel obstruction, feeding tube placement, portacath/infusaport placement/removal, gastrectomy, hemorrhoidectomy, umbilical hernia, ventral hernia, incisional hernia, inguinal hernia, Spigelian hernia, melanoma, liver cyst excision, breast lumpectomy and mastectomy, mass excision from subcutaneous and deep tissue and intraabdominal, partial pancreatectomy (tail), parathyroidectomy, peritoneal shunt, pilonidal cystectomy, sarcoma removal, sentinel node biopsy (breast and melanoma), splenectomy, thryoidectomy

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