General Surgery

FHP General Surgery is a hospital-based clinic, meaning that it is a department of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Visit our hospital-based clinic information page to learn more.  

We might be a small community, but we have tremendous impact on our patients.

Studies show that surgical care provided in rural hospitals, like ours, has better outcomes, shorter lengths of stay, and less postoperative complications.  In addition to caring for our own patients, we often manage complications for patients who travelled outside for surgery.  Simply put, small communities can provide excellent care.  It’s personal – personal care and personal relationships.

Skills as expansive as the Interior

With three full-time, board-certified general surgeons, FHP's Surgery Department provides care for patients of all ages, at all hours. We enjoy using the full breadth of our training on a regular basis. From state-of-the-art imaging for minimally invasive surgery to upgraded endoscopy/colonoscopy equipment, we have the technology we need to do great work for our patients.

We are a part of your community, and we’d love the opportunity to care for people locally. Here are the many ways we take care of people right here at home:

  • Remaining up to date on anatomy, physiology, metabolism, immunology, nutrition, pathology, wound healing, shock and resuscitation, intensive care, and cancer care
  • Performing core procedures including hernia repair, appendectomy, cholecystectomy, partial colectomy, breast lumpectomy, mastectomy, lymph node biopsy, hemorrhoidectomy
  • Providing long-term vascular access (Powerports)
  • Caring for skin and soft tissue concerns (burn care, skin grafts, scar revision, wound debridement)
  • Thoracic surgery (bronchoscopy, VATS decortication and wedge)
  • Pediatric surgery (hernia repair, pyloromyotomy, endoscopy/colonoscopy)
  • Endocrine (thyroid, parathyroid)
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy/colonoscopy

No referral required. Check with your insurance company to ensure coverage. 

Our Care

TVC’s General Surgeons use surgical procedures to remove disease, repair injuries, and promote health and healing for pediatric and adult patients. We also perform diagnostic tests and provide guidance on the need for surgery. We might be called on to perform surgery on almost any part of the body, but we typically focus on treating diseases of the digestive system, lungs, breasts, endocrine system, soft tissues and injuries sustained in traumatic events. As a result, TVC's General Surgeons are well-versed in cancer care, endoscopy, colonoscopy and many minor procedures.

Team Based Surgical Care

We work closely with you, your primary care provider and medical specialists to provide comprehensive care for your condition. During surgery, youll get care from a multidisciplinary team that will include a:

  • Surgeon
  • Anesthesiologist/anesthetist - provide pain relief, continuous monitoring and   relaxation during and after your surgery
  • Surgical nurses - specialized in caring for surgical patients
  • Rehabilitation therapists - help you return to an optimal level of function post-surgery

What to expect

Your doctor will provide specific instructions regarding preparation for and recovery from your procedure.  For more information, visit About Your Surgery.

“The American College of Surgeons believes that general surgery is an integral part of the community health system alongside primary care, mental health, dental, and maternity services.”

Dr. Patrick Bailey, ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy

(907) 458-2652

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8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
4th Floor, 
South Tower Entrance
1650 Cowles Street

Telemedicine services available
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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