- Primary Care
- Cleft Lip and Palate Program
- Dermatology Clinic
- Diabetes Program
- Ear, Nose & Throat
- Emergency & Trauma
- Endocrinology Clinic
- Gastroenterology Clinic
- General Surgery
- Hepatology and Liver Clinic
- Internal Medicine – General Medicine Clinic
- Maternal-Fetal Medicine
- Nephrology Clinic
- Neurology Clinic
- Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Oncology & Hematology Clinic
- Pain Management
- Palliative Care
- Podiatry Clinic
- Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine Clinic
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- Walk-in Clinic
- + All Services
The General Surgery Clinic specializes in providing a wide range of surgical procedures involving the neck, chest, abdomen and extremities.
Some of the most common procedures involve:
- Surgery of benign gastrointestinal conditions such as appendicitis, hernias, gallstones and hemorrhoid operations
- Surgery for gastrointestinal cancer, including the stomach, small bowel and pancreas and colon malignancies
- Surgical treatment of breast cancer and benign breast disease
- Endoscopy including colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and ERCPs
- Laser venous closure for varicose veins
- Liver surgery for benign and malignant conditions
- Surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands
- Trauma surgery
- Vascular surgery
ANMC’s General Surgery Service also includes the Colorectal Cancer Screening Clinic and the High-Risk Breast Clinic.
ANMC’s general surgeons are certified by the American Board of Surgery, are members of the American College of Surgeons and are instrumental in ANMC’s Level II Trauma designation.
ANMC is committed to providing optimal care to traumatically injured patients. In 1999, ANMC earned verification through the American College of Surgeons and designation from the State of Alaska as a Level II Trauma Center. Since then, ANMC had been successfully verified by American College of Surgeons six times, continuing to maintain its status as a Level II Trauma Center. As a Level II Trauma Center, ANMC provides 24-hour coverage from general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and both adult and pediatric critical care.
Additionally, ANMC provides:
- A referral resource for communities throughout Alaska
- Leadership in prevention and public education to surrounding communities
- Continuing education of the trauma team members
- A comprehensive quality assessment program
- A program for substance abuse screening and patient intervention
- Meeting of minimum requirement for annual volume of severely injured patients
Colorectal Cancer Screening Clinic
Alaska Native people are at higher risk for developing colon cancer and are encouraged to begin screening for colorectal cancer at age 40. Screening tests can find colon problems early, so they can be treated before they get serious. The Colorectal Screening Clinic offers open access to get your colonoscopy screening.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take me to be seen?
Once a complete referral is received from your primary care provider, we will call within 24 hours to let you know that we received your referral. Your referral is sent to be reviewed and a plan is made by one of the general surgeons. You will be called to schedule your appointments within one week.
Is my first visit to set me up for a surgery?
Typically, your first visit is a consultation to assess your General Surgery needs.
Do I need an escort for my initial visit?
Not necessarily. You will only be asked to have an escort if one is needed.
What is a colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is an exam of the lower part of the gastrointestinal (digestive) tract, which is called the colon or large intestine (bowel). The colon is a muscular tube (approximately 5 feet long) responsible for absorbing salt and water and eliminating waste (stool) from the body. A colonoscopy is a safe procedure that looks for, and can biopsy (take a tissue sample), changes in the colon that may be an early sign of cancer before symptoms appear.
How is a colonoscopy performed?
You will be given medication (see below) to help you relax and then will be placed on your side. A colonoscope (a thin, flexible lighted tube with a small camera) is then inserted into your anus and advanced through your entire colon to the cecum (the beginning of the colon). The procedure generally takes between 20 and 60 minutes.
How do I prepare for my colonoscopy?
Complete the prep. Before your colonoscopy, your colon must be completely clear of stool so your provider can see any abnormal areas. In order to do this, you will be instructed to follow a clear liquid diet (no solid food) the day before your procedure. This includes water, broth, coffee or tea without milk, juice and jello but nothing red to avoid being mistaken for blood. You will also be given medication known as the prep, to assist in eliminating the bowel of stool. This is a liquid laxative to ensure your colon is free of stool for your colonoscopy.
During your preoperative visit, your provider will review your medications with you and let you know which you may continue to take and which you will need to hold prior to your procedure.
Clinic Hours and Contact InformationHours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Phone: (907) 729-2700
Location: Alaska Native Medical Center, 4315 Diplomacy Drive, first floor
southeast hallway near ANMC Dental, check in at the Urology and Surgery Clinic front desk