Preoperative Registration Portal

Pre-admission Testing (PAT):

In most cases, your doctor will order tests to be performed prior to your surgery or procedure. Pre-admission testing (PAT) is usually done no earlier than 14 days before surgery or procedure and is scheduled through the doctor's office. Your physician's office will tell you if you need pre-admission tests. Based on individual needs, your surgeon may elect your PAT interview to be performed by phone. If you have questions about PAT, please call your doctor's office directly.

Your PAT appointment will consist of testing and physical therapy instruction (if ordered) and an RN interview of your current health status. This will be reviewed by an anesthesiologist prior to your surgery and is a critical component to the process.

Please remember to provide a complete list of medications and dosages that you are currently taking (prescription, over-the-counter and herbals) to the nurse conducting the PAT interview. Download our fill-able Patient Medication List to help keep track of your medications.

Common tests conducted during the PAT appointment are: complete blood count (CBC), complete medical profile, Electrocardiogram (EKG), x-rays, stress test, pacemaker or defibrillator placement report (when and where the testing was done, name of doctor, and facility where the placement was performed and who is following up with the patient's care).

Your participation in the PAT interview and testing is needed to provide optimal care during and following your procedure and to promote the best possible surgical outcome. As a result, participation in the PAT interview is a requirement. If you are unable to keep this appointment, it will result in a delay or cancellation of your surgery.

For Outpatient Surgery

If you are having surgery or a procedure and will return home within 23 hours or less, you are considered an "outpatient" having same day surgery.

What to bring the day of surgery:
• Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing, such as a jogging suit, and bring slippers
• Container for contact lenses
• Healthcare proxy and other advance directives information (i.e. living will)
• Co-payment that is required for your insurance, if applicable
• A complete list of medications and dosages you are currently taking and the time/date of your last dose: prescription, over-the-counter and herbals
• Ambulation aids, such as crutches or a walker if these have already been provided to you for use following your surgery
• For children, a favorite toy and/or blanket

Things you should leave at home:
• Large amounts of cash
• Jewelry and other valuables

Before your surgery or procedure:
• Please review any instruction sheets that were given to you by your doctor's office.
• Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight the night before your admission.
• Consult your physician regarding taking your regular medications.
• Take a complete bath or shower and shampoo your hair. Do not wear makeup or nail polish on your fingers or toes.
• For patients having outpatient surgery, please arrange for an adult to drive you home after surgery. You will not be allowed to drive yourself or take a cab by yourself.

Your arrival:
Free parking is available in Samaritan's parking garage on the corner of Washington and Woodruff Streets. Handicapped parking is available on the ground level of the garage. A pedestrian crosswalk links the garage to the main hospital lobby entrance and an information desk is located at this entrance to assist with directions and other information. Our map has further information.

Discharge – Outpatient Surgery
• Your nurse will review your discharge instructions with you before you leave Samaritan Medical Center.
• You must make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home. Because of the effects of your anesthesia, you may not drive sooner than 24 hours after you are discharged from the hospital. We also advise you to make arrangements for someone to stay with you at home following surgery.

For Inpatient Surgery

If you are having surgery and will then be admitted into the hospital to stay, you are considered an "inpatient."

What to bring the day of surgery:
• Robe
• Nightgown or pajamas
• Slippers
• Toothbrush, toothpaste or denture products
• Personal toiletries
• Container for glasses, contacts or dentures, if needed
• Healthcare proxy and other advance directives information (i.e. living will)
• Co-payment that is required for your insurance, if applicable
• A complete list of medications and dosages you are currently taking and the time/date of your last dose: prescription, over-the-counter and herbals
• For children, a favorite toy and/or blanket

Things you should leave at home:
• Large amounts of cash
• Jewelry and other valuables

Before your surgery or procedure:
• Please review any instruction sheets that were given to you by your doctor's office.
• Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight the night before your admission.
• Consult your physician regarding taking your regular medications.
• Take a complete bath or shower and shampoo your hair. Do not wear makeup or nail polish on your fingers or toes.

Your stay:
As a patient admitted to our hospital you will receive the Patient Handbook outlining all the services available to you, please refer to this handbook or ask your Nurse. In addition you can read over Inpatient Room services, which covers Dietary Service, TV service and more.

Your discharge:
• Your attending physician is the only person with authority to discharge you from the hospital. If you choose to leave before your doctor authorizes you to do so, you must sign a statement assuming full responsibility for your action. In addition, your insurance company may not cover your surgery costs if you do this.
• The hospital's customary discharge time is 12 p.m. However, there may be times when, due to medical necessity, you will remain in the hospital a few hours longer. This decision will be based on your individual health care needs.

We are committed to surgical excellence, dedicated to providing advanced healthcare and offering the convenience and experience you want and expect. We are fortunate to many surgical specialties and we continue to grow.

Learn more about our specific surgical specialties today. If you have further questions about Samaritan's Surgical Care Center, please call us 315-785-4386

Ear, Nose and Throat
Digestive Care
Gastroenterology
General Surgery
Gynecology
Joint Replacement
Lung Care
Neurosurgery
Opthalmology (Eye)
Oral Surgery
Orthopaedic
Podiatry (Foot)
Robotics Surgery
Thoracic
Urology

Welcome to Samaritan's Surgical Care Center's Preoperative Registration Online Portal. You have been directed to this page because you are scheduled to have surgery at Samaritan Medical Center. Samaritan is partnering with a company called ePREOP to bring us a secure questionnaire for all surgical patients to complete before their surgery or procedure.  Please have your information about current medications and/or surgical implants with you when completing the form. A Samaritan Medical Center nurse will be in contact with you shortly to confirm your information and answer any questions you may have. We understand how stressful any surgery or procedure can be. This new online system will help simplify your registration process and ensure we have all of your necessary preoperative information. If you have any questions at all please contact the Surgical Care Center at (315) 779-5241 or (315) 779-5275

Please click the link below to log-in to the online portal powered by ePREOP. You will create a username and password, and will be able to log back in to the system at any time prior to your scheduled surgery or procedure.

Log-In-Button

Urology is the specialty of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the male and female urinary tract and male reproductive system. The urinary tract consists of the kidneys and the adjacent adrenal glands, ureters, bladder, male prostate, and urethra. The male reproductive system consists of the penis and the scrotal contents which include the testicle, epididymis, vas deferens, and spermatic cord. The prostate, seminal vesicles and eyaculatory ducts are also part of the male reproductive system.

The Samaritan Urology Center provides medical and surgical treatment for many urological conditions.

The Samaritan Urology Center treats a variety of urological conditions including the following:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Penile cancer
  • Benign and malignant Adrenal tumors
  • Benign and malignant diseases of the ureter and pelvis
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)
  • Kidney cysts
  • Kidney stones
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Hydrocele
  • Varicocele
  • Infertility in men
  • Male incontinence
  • Female incontinence
  • Urethral strictures

Some of the most common Urological procedures:

Da Vinci Robotic Assisted Surgery for malignant diseases such as:

  • Robotic Radical Prostatectomy (for prostate cancer)
  • Robotic Radical Cystectomy and urinary diversion (for bladder cancer)
  • Robotic Radical Nephroureterectomy (for upper urinary tract cancer)
  • Robotic Radical Nephrectomy (for kidney cancer)
  • Robotic Partial Nephrectomy (for kidney cancer)
  • Robotic Adrenalectomy (for adrenal tumors)
  • Robotic Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection (for testicular cancer)
  • Robotic Groin Lymph Node Dissection (for penile cancer)

Da Vinci Robotic Assisted Surgery for benign diseases such as:

  • Robotic Pyeloplasty (for UPJ stenosis)
  • Robotic reconstructive surgery of the ureter (for congenital or acquired ureteral strictures, other)
  • Robotic reconstructive surgery of the bladder (such as augmentation, diverticulectomy, other)
  • Robotic ureteral reimplantation (for vesico-ureteral reflux)

Laparoendoscopic single site surgery ("LESS") in urology
Open and Laparoscopic Kidney Surgery (reconstructive, partial or total removal)
Open Radical Prostatectomy for Prostate cancer
Open Cystectomy (removal of bladder) with urinary diversion
Open Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (for testicular cancer)
Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumors
Transurethral Surgery for Prostate Enlargement

  • Conventional TURP and Bipolar TURP
  • Microwave therapy
  • Greenlight laser XPS Moxy Fiber
  • Holmium laser enucleation
  • Bipolar button plasmakinetics

Open Prostate Surgery for benign enlargement/blockage
All endourological stone procedures (ureteroscopy, PCNL)
Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL)
Ureteroscopy or uretero-pyeloscopy with or without holmium laser therapy (ureteral endoscopy for stones, tumors, and other abnormalities of the upper urinary tract)
Placement of ureteral stents, conventional and metallic stents (to unblock urinary passages)
Male Anti-incontinence surgery (artificial urinary sphincter, male slings, other)
Female anti-incontinence surgery (female slings, injection of periurethral bulking agents, other)
Penile procedures (curvature problems, penile prosthesis, correction of urethral opening)
Prostatic ultrasound and needle biopsy
Female genital prolapse surgery
Vasectomy and Reversal (microsurgical vaso-vasostomy)
Groin and Scrotal Surgery (including tumors & cysts in testes/scrotum, varicocele and hydrocele repair)
Orchidopexy (for an undescended testicle)
Meatoplasty and Urethroplasty

Our physician:

Chief of Urology and Urologic Oncology - Director of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Alejandro R. Rodriguez

 If you are undergoing any Urologic surgery or procedures please refer to information about being prepared for surgery. Being preparing for your surgery is vital, understanding Pre-Admission Testing, Anesthesia, and Post-Surgery Care is critical to the success of your surgery.

Samaritan is committed to offering a full array of surgical services for our Northern New York and Fort Drum communities. Thoracic Surgery focuses on the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases of the chest (thorax), including the lungs, thymus, esophagus, lymph nodes, pericardium and pleura.

Our Thoracic surgeon treats a variety of conditions including the following:

  • Lung cancer
  • Metastatic cancer from other organs
  • Surgical complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Infections of the chest cavity
  • Fluid collections of the chest cavity
  • Pericardial fluid collections and tamponade
  • Thymic tumors
  • Neurogenic chest tumors
  • Achalasia
  • Thoracic vascular access
  • Chest trauma


Some of the most common general Thoracic procedures:

  • Lung resection – removing a portion of the lung (lobectomy) or the whole lung (pneumonectomy)
  • Mediastinoscopy (diagnostic procedure on lymph nodes in the chest)
  • Minimally invasive video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)
  • Pleurodesis (for recurring fluid collections and air leaks)


Our Thoracic Surgeon:

Dr. Robert Johnson, MD


If you are undergoing any Thoracic surgery or procedures please refer to information about being prepared for surgery. Being preparing for your surgery is vital, understanding Pre-Admission Testing, Anesthesia, and Post-Surgery Care is critical to the success of your surgery.

Samaritan Medical Center and local Podiatrists work together to provide surgical care to those in need of foot, ankle, and lower leg treatment. A Podiatrist specializes in the care and treatment of the foot, ankle and lower leg. This can range from childhood problems through those resulting from aging, including injury and disease.

Common conditions our Podiatrists treat include:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Ankle/foot sprains
  • Arthritic foot conditions
  • Athlete's foot
  • Bunions
  • Corns and calluses
  • Flat feet
  • Foot/ankle infections
  • Foot ulcers or sores
  • Oral tumors and cysts
  • Fractures
  • Hammertoes
  • Heel or arch pain
  • Heel spurs
  • Ingrown nails
  • Neuromas (pinched nerves)
  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  • Plantar fasciitis (ligament inflammation)
  • Plantar warts
  • Sports injuries
  • Toenail fungus


Some of the most common Podiatry procedures:

  • Bunionectomy
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Excision of plantar warts
  • Hammertoe repair
  • Heel spur excision
  • Ingrown toenail removal
  • Neuroma excision
  • Plantar fasciotomy
  • Reconstructive foot surgery  (fore foot and rear foot)


Our Podiatrists (click link to see complete list)

If you are undergoing any Podiatry surgery or procedure please refer to information about being prepared for surgery. Being preparing for your surgery is vital, understanding Pre-Admission TestingAnesthesia, and Post-Surgery Care is critical to the success of your surgery.

Samaritan Medical Center and the North Country Orthopaedic Group offer comprehensive Orthopaedic care for our area. An orthopaedic surgeon diagnoses and treats diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, including the bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, spine and nerves.

If you suffer from neck and back pain, contact Samaritan's Neck & Back Program at 1-855-214-BACK (2225) or view the Neck & Back page to learn how orthopaedic surgery may, in some cases, be able to help. The Neck & Back Nurse Navigator will help guide you through the program.

If you are in need of a knee or hip replacement, learn more about this procedure by attending our free Joint Camp workshop. workshop.  

Common conditions our Orthopaedic Surgeons treat include:

  • ACL injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Bowed legs
  • Bunions and hammer toes
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Cartilage or ligament injuries of various joints
  • Club feet (other pediatric lower extremity procedures e.g. toe in/ toe out)
  • Congenital deformities & conditions
  • Dupuytren's contracture (curled fingers)
  • Foot & ankle pain & deformity
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Hand pain
  • Herniated disc
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve dysfunction
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder pain
  • Spinal conditions and pain
    • Cervical disc herniation
    • Cervical myelopathy
    • Cervical radicular pain
    • Compresion fractures
    • Disc herniations
    • Ulnar neuropathy
    • Spinal stenosis
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Trigger finger


Some of the most common Orthopaedic surgical procedures:

  • ACL repairs and reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic surgery
    • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
    • Arthroscopic shoulder repairs
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel
  • Fracture care
  • Ganglion cyst excision
  • Hand & upper extremity surgery
  • Hip replacement – standard and ceramic
  • Joint replacement (Hip, knee, shoulder, elbow)
  • Tendon release or repair
  • Trigger finger release
  • Spine surgery
    • Cervical discectomy
    • Cervical fusion
    • Keyhole laminoforaminotomy
    • Kyphoplasty
    • Lumbar fusion
    • Microdiscectomy
    • Minimally invasive spine surgery
    • Percutaneous pedicle screws
    • Spinal microsurgery
    • Ulnar transposition
    • Unilateral laminectomy
    • X-stop space device


Our Orthopaedic Surgeons (click link to see complete list)

If you are undergoing any surgery or procedure please refer to information about being prepared for surgery. Being preparing for your surgery is vital, understanding Pre-Admission Testing, Anesthesia, and Post-Surgery Care is critical to the success of your surgery.

Samaritan Medical Center and local Dentists partner together to fulfill dental needs of this community. An Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon is a dentist with medical training in surgery of the mouth and jaw. This specialty focuses on the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases, injuries and defects of the mouth, teeth, gums, jaw and facial structures.

Common conditions our Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons treat include:

  • Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
  • Facial infections
  • Facial pain including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Impacted or diseased teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Oral tumors and cysts
  • Protruding jaw
  • Tooth loss

Some of the most common Oral & Maxillofacial surgical procedures:

  • Bone grafting
  • Correction of dentofacial (bite) deformities
  • Corrective jaw surgery (Orthognathic surgery)
  • Dental extractions
  • Dental implants
  • Facial injury repair (i.e. fractured jaw or broken facial bone)
  • Joint surgery
  • Lesion removal and biopsy


Our Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (click link to see complete list)

If you are undergoing any surgery or procedure please refer to information about being prepared for surgery. Being preparing for your surgery is vital, understanding Pre-Admission Testing, Anesthesia, and Post-Surgery Care is critical to the success of your surgery.

Samaritan Medical Center and local Ophthalmologists offer comprehensive eye care needs for our community. Taking care of your eyes is important from childhood to adulthood. Ophthalmology is a medical specialty focusing on the prevention, diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of vision problems and eye disease.

Common conditions our Ophthalmologists treat include:

  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Blurred vision
  • Cataracts
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Detached or torn retina
  • Cervical or lumbar radiculopathy
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Dry eye
  • Eye injuries caused by sun exposure, dust, chemicals or foreign objects
  • Floaters and flashes
  • Glaucoma
  • Infections
  • Low vision
  • Macular degeneration
  • Ptosis (drooping eyelid)
  • Strabismus (crossed eyes)
  • Styes or chalazions
  • Tumors


For more information about eye care visit eyesmart.org

Some of the most common Ophthalmology procedures:


Our Ophthalmologists (click link to see complete list)

If you are undergoing any surgery or procedure please refer to information about being prepared for surgery. Being preparing for your surgery is vital, understanding Pre-Admission Testing, Anesthesia, and Post-Surgery Care is critical to the success of your surgery.

Samaritan Medical Center and the North Country Orthopeadic Group offer comprehensive Joint Replacement surgery for community. Samaritan Medical Center uses a team approach to total joint replacement, combining the skills of surgeons, surgical staff, nurses, and physical and occupational therapists. Samaritan Medical Center has recently been awarded the Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield "Center of Excellence" Designation for the outstanding, comprehensive care and outcomes that we provide to our total joint patients.

If you are experiencing joint problems that make it difficult, or even impossible, to perform everyday tasks such as walking, climbing stairs, or getting in and out of a car without pain, there is help. Total joint replacement surgery can relieve your pain and help you get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities. The goal of joint replacement surgery is to relieve the pain in the joint caused by the damage done to the cartilage. This pain may be so severe, you may even be avoiding using the joint, which weakens the muscles around the joint and makes it even more difficult to move the joint.

Learn more about Joint Replacement today attending a special Joint Camp workshop that is free to the public that is free to the public. This program is specifically designed for those interested or contemplating joint or hip replacement. You can contact our Physical Therapy Department for more information about this program at 315-785-4588.

Is joint replacement right for you?

The orthopaedic experts at Samaritan Medical Center treat painful and debilitating joint conditions caused or aggravated by: arthritis, trauma, injury, bone and joint infections or other joint conditions.

If you suffer from any of the symptoms below, you could be a candidate for joint replacement surgery. Talk to an orthopedic surgeon about your options. 

  • Pain that limits your everyday activities such as walking, bending, etc.
  • Pain that continues while resting, either day or night
  • Stiffness in a joint that limits your ability to move
  • Little pain relief from anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Had or are having unpleasant side effects from medications
  • Other treatments, such as physical therapy, don't relieve the pain

When should you have joint replacement surgery?

Patients are often reluctant to undergo joint replacement for a variety of reasons: they don't want to believe that their condition has become serious, they fear the risks, pain or cost associated with surgery, or they worry about taking off time from work or other activities. However, once your orthopaedic surgeon has recommended joint replacement surgery, you shouldn't delay. Research has shown that waiting to have surgery can negatively affect the benefits surgery is expected to bring. Ongoing muscle deterioration, loss of mobility and lack of exercise that occur while surgery is delayed, make recovery and rehabilitation more difficult.

What is the recovery process like?

A typical hospital stay is two to six days. After surgery, you will be moved to our Orthopaedics Unit, where the nursing staff specializes in caring for orthopaedic cases. Within a day after surgery, you'll be encouraged to sit up in bed and walk with assistance.

Regular physical therapy sessions will start while you are in the hospital to help you get stronger and improve how you move. Physical therapy will also help you learn to use a walker, cane or a wheelchair while your hip or knee is healing. Sometimes occupational therapy also starts in the hospital. Occupational therapy helps you learn how to take care of yourself when you are dressing, bathing and doing other daily living activities during the healing process.

Depending on how well you are doing and how much help you need, you may go to Samaritan's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) unit on the third floor of the hospital or to another facility in the community to continue your rehabilitation before going home. Some patients go directly home and continue their rehabilitation with homecare services or in an outpatient clinic.

To learn more about total joint replacement at Samaritan Medical Center, attend a special Joint Camp workshop or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 315-785-4088.

If you are undergoing any surgery or procedure please refer to information about being prepared for surgery. Being preparing for your surgery is vital, understanding Pre-Admission Testing, Anesthesia, and Post-Surgery Care is critical to the success of your surgery.

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