Bowel & Abdominal Surgery in the East Valley

Serving Tempe, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Casa Grande & Florence

Your bowels are made up of your large and small intestines, stomach, and rectum. Bowel diseases and digestive problems can be extremely uncomfortable and sometimes even life-threatening. Depending upon the cause, surgical intervention may be the best treatment option. Bowel surgery is a common procedure performed in the U.S., and the team at Surgical Professionals has years of successful surgeries behind us.

To schedule a consultation for bowel or abdominal surgery in Arizona, please contact Surgical Professionals. We operate at most major hospitals in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek.

Who Needs Bowel Surgery?

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Your doctor may recommend bowel surgery to treat the following problems:

  • Intestinal blockages* can prevent food and liquid from passing through your body. If the blood supply is cut off, tissue could begin to die. Surgery corrects this.
  • Severe intestinal bleeding* can be life-threatening. If your doctor can’t stop it, a section of the intestine may need to be removed.
  • Diverticulitis* is the inflammation or infection of harmless pouches that can form in your intestine. Bowel surgery may be necessary to prevent abscesses, perforation, scarring, and fistulas.
  • Cancer of the bowels is often treated by surgically removing the affected intestine.
  • Scar tissue from prior surgeries can be determined to be causing problematic symptoms.

* These are potential emergencies and should be evaluated in the emergency room.

Types of Bowel & Abdominal Surgeries

Many types of surgeries are performed on the bowels and abdomen, including:

  • Appendectomy (removal of the appendix)
  • Cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder)
  • Colectomy (removal of all or part of the large intestine)
  • Colostomy (suturing an open end of the intestine to the skin to allow drainage to a pouch)
  • Gastrectomy (removal of all or part of the stomach)
  • Liver cyst excision (removal of cysts from the liver)
  • Pancreatectomy (partial removal of the pancreas)
  • Splenectomy (removal of the spleen)

Many of these surgeries can be performed via laparoscopy or robotic surgery. This is when the surgeon makes small incisions instead of one large one. A camera and surgical tools are inserted into the incisions, and the surgeon operates via video images on a monitor.

This technique results in less pain, smaller scars, and faster recovery time.  There are times where we do have to switch to an open operation during surgery if it is not safe or practical to continue laparoscopically.

Risks of Bowel Surgery

If you are a candidate for bowel surgery, rest assured that we will recommend what we consider to be the safest most effective option.  In most cases, leaving your blocked, infected, bleeding, or cancerous bowel untreated is far more dangerous than undergoing surgery to remove it.

Still, although uncommon, all surgeries have risks, some of which can be quite serious. For abdominal surgery, these include, but are not limited to:

  • Pain and discomfort at the incision site
  • Constipation, diarrhea, or bloating
  • Bowel leakage or narrowing, which may need additional surgery
  • Incisional hernias
  • Urinary infection
  • Breathing problems
  • Postsurgical infection
  • Anastomotic stricture (narrowing of the intestine between two reconnected sections)
  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia or antibiotics or other medications
  • Other complications such as blood clots in your legs or lungs, respiratory failure, heart attack, stroke, pneumonia, and even death

We make every effort to minimize your surgical risks to the minimum.  In some cases, we may need to obtain medical clearance from other specialists to further reduce your surgical risks.

Please ask your surgeon about any questions you have in this regard.

Recovering from Bowel Surgery

After your operation, you’ll spend a few hours in the post-op area recovering while the anesthetic wears off. You may have a catheter to drain urine and tubes running out of your abdomen to drain fluid depending upon your clinical situation. Your doctor will let you know when you can eat and drink again. In the meantime, an IV will deliver fluids into your veins.

You will return home anywhere from the same day to several days after surgery depending upon your procedure. Your doctor may recommend making small changes to your diet, depending on the type of bowel or abdominal surgery you had. Small, mild meals are easiest to digest at first. It may take up to six weeks before your digestive system feels normal again.

Schedule Bowel or Abdominal Surgery in Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek & Surrounding Areas

If you have been struggling with abdominal pain or digestive issues, meet with us at Surgical Professionals for a consultation. We are a team of general surgeons with decades of combined experience operating at local hospitals in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek. We’ll diagnose your condition and help you decide if surgery is the right choice.

If we feel that your condition does not require surgery, we’ll tell you so.  We always have our patients’ best interests at heart, so if we are unable to help, we will refer you to a provider who can. Not everyone needs surgery, but if you do, we will work with you toward achieving the best possible outcome.

Please ask your surgeon about any questions you have in this regard.  Please note that the above is general information only. Your surgeon will come up with a treatment plan specific to your unique situation.

Please contact us at 480-892-2456 today to schedule a consultation for abdominal surgery in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, or Queen Creek.

Please note that the above information is provided for general purposes only and may not apply to your specific situation. Our surgical capabilities may also be subject to change. Contact us to discuss your medical condition, determine the most appropriate treatment for your individual case, and confirm that we can address your procedure.

What Our Patients Have to Say

AMAZING! Dr. Ju is an awesome Dr he did an emergency surgery on me, he was so calm and professional. He made what could have been a horrible experience so easy. Thank you, Dr. Ju,
I have had 2 surgeries by Dr. Ju, gallbladder removal & a small fatty tissue tumor in my lower back. Both we’re successful with no complications. Dr. Ju is not only highly skilled as a surgeon, but he is also very personal & compassionate.

John Maas /

March, 2020 Dr. Gray performed my thyroid cancer surgery. Everything went as he said it would. He is a very competent and gifted surgeon. I would highly recommend him as a surgeon.

Shirley LaRocca /

Really trust this Dr. Ju. I am glad I had him to do emergency surgery on me and to put things back to normal.

Robyn Kleinman /

July 7 2016 Dr. Grey took the time to answer all my questions even after I had left the office . I was referred to him after a failed attempt with another surgeon and so far I’m 14 hours post surgery and doing good . Thank you Jennifer for your efforts and Dr. Grey

Tiff in Phoenix, AZ /

What can I say Dr. Ju did my very first ever surgery, and wow he was amazing, I was scared out of my mind but he made me feel comfortable, I healed nicely and was no longer in pain. He is an amazing surgeon god definitely blessed his ability.

Agina Blaw /

Dr Gray did an excellent job twice when my father had hernias. One was an emergency situation, and the other was not. Both times, Dr Gray showed expertise in diagnosing the problem, performing the surgery, setting our expectations and follow through after the procedure. I definitely would recommend him for your surgical procedures.

Self-verified patient of Dr. Devin L Gray  /

Dr. Ju saved my life. I had surgery back in 2010 (almost 10 years ago). He is an amazing surgeon with a wonderful concern for his patients. His staff were also very professional and caring during a very difficult time in my life. Thank you, Doctor Ju.

Rose Martin /

Had an inguinal hernia Dr Gray did a great job I strongly recommend his skills

Self-verified patient of Dr. Devin L Gray  /

Dr Ju is amazing. It was my first surgery and I was scared. I came thru it no problems. Thank you!

Wendy Foody /

My entire experience with Doctor Gray was of the utmost professionalism courtesy kindness by all of his staff included. Doctor Gray was dynamic in his experience and his knowledge. In my experience I thought I was taken care very well which gave me a great level of confidence in my experience through this surgery.

Brett Barker /

This Doctor saved my life and I have nothing but admiration for him. Dr. Brian Ju was my surgeon for the removal of my gall bladder 2 weeks ago. He is the most phenomenal and adept surgeon I’ve ever experienced. He even coordinated with the anesthesiologists to ensure that the anesthesia had anti-nausea elements because of my history with nausea!

Sherri Smith /

I am not from the valley but was here to visit my son and his family. Dr. Gray and his staff were amazing in getting me in and actually scheduling my surgery the day after I had my first visit. The office staff – especially Alex is absolutely the BEST. Everyone is extremely efficient and at the same time – very caring. I can not thank Dr. Gray and his staff more! Very grateful and I wish I could package what you have going on and take it home with me! THANK YOU!!!!

Kathi in Pueblo, Colorado /

I was fortunate have Dr. Ju for two surgeries. He was an excellent surgeon for one, and his bed side manor was outstanding. I felt very confident with Dr. Ju and his staff. If I were to have any procedures or surgeries done in the future, I would schedule them with Dr. Ju and the excellent staff at Surgical Professionals Inc. Thank you again to a wonderful professional staff.

Robert Reindl /


Self-verified patient of Dr. Devin L Gray  /

10 years ago, gall bladder, now hernia repair. I specifically went back to him because of his bedside manner and professionalism. I highly recommend him to anybody looking for a positive experience.

Jeff Hals /

Excellent bedside manner and surgical skill. Would definitely recommend him!

Karen Garcia /