At Samaritan Medical Center, our team of highly skilled surgeons, nurses and other professional staff provides a full range of advanced surgical and outpatient procedures for the entire Northern New York region – both civilian and military. In fact, the overall quality of the surgical care we deliver surpasses state and national averages ... so you receive the very best surgical care in right here at Samaritan.

Our Surgical Care Center is updated with the most current equipment and fixtures – the building was constructed in 2010 and has an easily accessible entrance via the hospital's main lobby and the Surgical Elevator (A). Our Surgical Care Center also uses SmarTrac to help family members track the progress of their loved one throughout the surgical procedure – the system tells you step by step where the patient is and when visitors are allowed to see the patient.

Samaritan offers some of the most advanced surgical tools in the area, such as the da Vinci® Surgical Robotics System. With the da Vinci® Surgical System, surgeons at Samaritan Medical Center are advancing accepted standards for surgical care. Currently, we are offering many Urology, Gynecology and General Surgeries using the da Vinci® Surgical System. Ask your physician if this option is available to you. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available. 

If you have further questions about Samaritan's Surgical Care Center, please call us 315-785-4386.

Planning ahead for your surgery or procedure at Samaritan Medical Center and knowing what to anticipate will help you feel more confident and comfortable when you are here – we understand that any surgery or procedure can be intimidating, and we want to help you be as prepared as possible.

The information below will be helpful to understanding some of the terms you may hear during your surgery or procedure.

Pre-Admission Testing (PAT)

Anesthesia

Samaritan Medical Center's surgical team is committed to providing you with exceptional care while here, and we want to provide the best information to assist you in a speedy recovery, which is more successful if patients are aware of what they need to do once at home.

Every patient will receive detailed discharge instructions after their surgery or procedure. This information is tailored to the type of anesthesia you received and the limitations that the surgery or procedure will cause during the recovery period. Most times, a follow-up appointment will be needed with your doctor, and this will be given to you at the time of discharge. It is critical that patients go to this follow-up appointment.

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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

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.

Samaritan Medical Center Surgical Care Department understands that every patient is anxious before a surgery or procedure – no matter if it is major or minor. When you are in need of surgery or a procedure performed, the chances are you will need some type of anesthesia to help manage pain and help your comfort level. There are many different types of anesthesia. Which one you will need depends on a variety of factors including, allergies, length of surgery, the location of the surgery, and your state of health.

Some surgical procedures require only an injection of local anesthesia into the incision area. Other procedures require general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep during the procedure. Your anesthesiologist will help deciding which type of anesthesia you need.

There are several types of anesthesia that Samaritan Medical Center and the physicians of Jefferson Anesthesiologist Services utilize. This decision depends on many factors, including the type of surgery or procedure you are having, your complete medical history, and others. Your medical history is a very important piece to determine which anesthesia you need and is covered during your pre-admission testing.

Anesthesia is divided into four basic categories:

• regional anesthesia
• local anesthesia
• sedation
• general anesthesia

Regional anesthesia blocks pain in an area of the body, such as an arm or legs, and is often used in childbirth with a spinal or epidural. The anesthesia used numbs a portion of the body and the patient is awake and alert for the surgery or procedure. Regional anesthesia is used for longer surgical procedures.

Benefits:

  • Your body can remain in a comfortable position during your procedure.
  • Fewer side effects and a shorter recovery than you would have from general anesthesia.
  • You are awake for the procedure

Side effects:

  • There is a risk of spinal headache during recovery
  • Takes longer to wear off

Local anesthesia numbs one small area of the body during a surgery or procedure and the patient stays awake and alert.

Benefits:

  • Numbness and loss of sensation at the surgical site

Side effects:

  • Possible redness and swelling at injection site

Sedation anesthesia (Conscious or intravenous (IV)) uses a mild sedative to relax you and pain medicine to relieve pain. You stay awake but may not remember the procedure afterward.

Benefits:

  • Provides an altered state of consciousness that minimizes pain and discomfort

Side effects:

  • Possible headache, hangover, nausea and vomiting

General anesthesia is given through injections and inhalation techniques and affects your whole body. A patient will go to sleep and feel nothing. You have no memory of the procedure afterward.

Benefits:

  • Induces sleep that keeps the patient from feeling any pain

Side effects:

  • Nausea and vomiting is a common problem during recovery
  • Patients may feel drowsy, weak or tired for several days after the operation
  • Fuzzy thinking, blurred vision and coordination problems are also possible

Please be sure to speak with your doctor about the anesthesia options you have. Please be aware that all anesthesia options have risks and benefits and you can learn more about each by visiting the U.S. National Library of Medicine 

Samaritan Medical Center and local Gastroenterology physicians offer comprehensive digestive care needs for our community. Gastroenterology is the specialty of medicine concerned with disorders of the digestive system. This includes the esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, liver, pancreas, gall bladder and intestines.

Common conditions our Gastroenterologists treat include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colon cancer & polyps
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Pancreatitis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Ulcers

 

Some of the most common Gastroenterology procedures:

  • Bravo PH
  • Capsule endoscopy (to view the small intestine)
  • Colonoscopy
  • ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography – to view the biliary tract)
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Halo


Our Gastroenterologists

David Reindl, MD
Gerald S. Weinstein, MD

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 TestingAnesthesia, and Post-Surgery Care is critical to the success of your surgery.

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

Samaritan Medical Center offer many different types of surgeries and General Surgery, despite its name, is a surgical specialty that focuses on the abdomen, chest and pelvis, including the breasts, stomach, esophagus, intestines, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and spleen. Learn more about our General Surgery Robotic Procedures as well.

Common conditions our General Surgeons treat include:

  • Appendicitis
  • Breast diseases
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Endocrine diseases
  • Heartburn
  • Hernias
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gallstones
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Small intestine cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Ulcers
  • Varicose veins


Some of the most common General Surgery procedures:

  • Anti-reflux surgery
  • Appendectomy (appendix removal)
  • Bowel resection
  • Breast biopsy
  • Breast lump excision
  • Cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)
  • Colonoscopy
  • GERD surgery
  • Hemorrhoidectomy (hemorrhoid surgery)
  • Hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Liver Resection/Biopsy
  • Mastectomy
  • Nephrectomy (kidney removal)
  • Parathyroid surgery
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Splenectomy (spleen removal)
  • Thyroidectomy

Our General Surgeons:

Eduardo B. Barayuga MD
Kenneth I. Brydges DO
Leo J. Gosselin Jr. MD
Robert O. Kimball MD
Deborah Norris DO

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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