Alaska Native Medical Center

General Surgery

Services Offered

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:

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:

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.

Patient Resources

Clinic Hours and Contact Information

Hours: 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