At the Surgery Center of Fairbanks (SCF), we want to make your outpatient surgery experience as pleasant as possible. Please contact us if you have any questions, concerns, special needs or requests.
Patients generally need to arrive about one hour and 15 minutes before surgery. You’ll be called by our staff the prior business day, approximately between the hours of 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., to confirm the exact date and time. Please provide us with the best contact number where you can be reached. If you have not talked with one of our staff nurses by 4:00 p.m. the business day prior to your surgery, call the Surgery Center at 907-458-7263 for confirmation.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. Your stomach
must be empty. Do not chew gum or smoke. You may brush your teeth the morning of
your surgery. Do not swallow any water.
- Do not use alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana within 8 hours of surgery.
- Please bathe or shower the evening before or the morning of surgery.
- Do not wear make-up, perfume, cologne, jewelry, nail polish, deodorant, lotion or
- Eyeglasses, contact lenses, and dentures may need to be removed and stored in
proper containers before surgery. Please bring containers with you.
- Do not take anti-inflammatories, vitamins or herbal medicines for 1 week prior to
your surgery. If you are unsure of a medication, please ask your doctor.
- If you take medication(s) daily, you will be given instructions on which medications to
take. If you are instructed to take medications the day of surgery, take with a SIP of
water. You must bring an accurate list of medications with dosage and frequency. You
may bring the medications themselves for us to review.
- If you have a cold, sore throat, fever, or other illness 24 hours prior to surgery,
please call your doctor as soon as possible. If you cannot reach your doctor, please
report your illness to the Surgery Center at 907-458-7263.
- If you have any allergies to medications, latex, tape, soap or foods, please inform your doctor and SCF beforehand.
- If a special prep or medication has been prescribed by your physician for use prior to
your surgery, please follow the instructions closely.
- If you’re on a blood thinner, please consult your surgeon or PCP regarding when to stop taking this medication prior to surgery.
- YOU MUST MAKE ARRANGEMENTS IN ADVANCE for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours after being discharged. Under no circumstances will you be allowed to operate a motor vehicle or use a taxi service (including Uber/Lyft) if you have received sedation or general anesthesia.
- All minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian who must remain in the facility for the duration of the minor’s visit.
Before Your Surgery
Please contact the Surgery Center of Fairbanks to make an appointment for medical and anesthesia clearance prior to surgery. In some cases, you will be required to undergo a physical
exam and some routine lab tests prior to your surgery. You may complete your registration online at www.scfairbanks.com by clicking “One Medical Passport” on the right side of the home page.
If you have limited access to a computer or smart phone, you may come in to SCF for pre-registration. There is a drop-off area and free parking outside the Center. As SCF is located on the main floor, you will have easy access to the reception desk where you will register for your procedure.
Family & Friends
Make yourself comfortable in the waiting area where there is a fireplace, television and free Wi-Fi. It is best if you can wait at the Center until the operation is over. Please feel free to bring a book or a laptop.
Due to COVID-19 we are currently limiting any visitors in the pre-operative and recovery areas. Parents/Guardians of minors, and adults accompanying special needs patients, are an exception. Our electronic patient tracking system will update friends and/or family via text messages throughout the surgical process.
After Your Surgery
Recovery times vary according to the type of surgery. When it’s time to review discharge instructions, a nurse will contact your ride and provide instructions over the phone. When you’re ready, you and your family may use our private patient exit. For safety reasons, it is our policy to take each patient out to the vehicle in a wheelchair.
Remember, for your safety, you will not be allowed to drive yourself home after your surgery. Please plan to have someone drive you to and from SCF.
Patient Safety Concerns
Patient safety concerns may be reported to The Joint Commission:
- At www.jointcommission.org, using the “Report a Patient Safety Event” link in the “Action Center” on the home page of The Joint Commission website.
- By fax to 630-792-5636
- By mail to Office of Quality and Patient Safety, The Joint Commission, One Renaissance Boulevard, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181