Digestive Care

Your body is a complex machine, and sometimes a doctor will need to 'get inside' and take a look to see what the issues are – also called an endoscopic procedure. Samaritan performs many of these procedures with our highly skilled staff using state-of the-art equipment to provide you with the excellent medical attention you deserve.

Some of these procedures include:

  • Colonoscopy (large intestine and colon)
  • Sigmoidoscopy (large intestine and rectum)
  • EGD (a scope procedure that examines the upper digestive tract)
  • 48 hours pH testing (testing for reflux)
  • Halo treatment (Barrett's esophagus)
  • ... and others

Your physician must schedule you for an endoscopy. The goal of our staff is to make your visit to our facility as pleasant as possible. To help know what to expect, please read the information below no later than three days before your procedure.  

Our Location:

Surgical Care Center
Samaritan Medical Center
830 Washington St.
Watertown, NY 13601

All patients having an endoscopy should report to the Surgical Care Center via the main hospital lobby Surgical Elevator.

What You Need to Know:

What to Stop and When

At your pre-procedure appointment, you should receive dietary, medication and bowel preparation instructions (if such preparation is necessary) as directed by your physician. If you take blood thinners (Coumadin, Aspirin, Motrin, Vitamin E, Ibuprofen, Heparin, Plavix, etc.), contact your doctor if you have not been instructed to stop taking them prior to your procedure.

Bowel Preparation

If your physician has ordered "bowel preparation," please follow the directions carefully. Most patients feel that the bowel preparation is the most difficult part of a colonoscopy, but it is important that you try your best to fully comply with the preparation instructions to ensure the exam is able to be completed.

Confirming Your Procedure

A member of the endoscopy staff will call you the day before your procedure to confirm the time you need to arrive at Samaritan Medical Center. You may also call 315-785-4590, between 2-5 p.m. the afternoon before your procedure to confirm. If your scheduled procedure is on a Monday, or for the day after a holiday, please call the last business day prior to your procedure (Monday – Friday).

Before the Procedure

  • From the waiting room, a Surgical Services staff member will greet and escort you to your pre-procedure room, where you will change into a hospital gown.
  • Your temperature, pulse and blood pressure will be taken.
  • An endoscopy nurse will visit you to discuss your health history, review your medications (including last dose, date/time) and explain your procedure.
  • An IV will be started.
  • Dentures, glasses and prosthetics will be removed.

During the Procedure

  • You will be taken to a procedure room.
  • A cardiac monitor, blood pressure cuff, pulseoximeter and nasal oxygen will be applied.
  • You will be continuously monitored and given IV sedation by a specialty trained endoscopy Registered Nurse.

After the Procedure

  • You will be taken to the post-procedure area where you will be observed until your discharge criteria is met.
  • Your vital signs will be taken on arrival and prior to discharge. 
  • Your family will be able to visit with you.
  • A nurse will review your post-procedure instructions with you and your responsible person.

When You Return Home

  • After you have been discharged from the hospital, plan to spend time resting. You cannot work or drive until the next day.
  • Please refer to your post-procedure discharge instructions regarding your restrictions.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your instructions, please call 315-785-4590.

Important Information

All patients receiving IV sedation or anesthetic agents will not be permitted to return to work or drive until the following day. Patients must be accompanied by a responsible adult to drive them home from the procedure. It is strongly recommended that this adult remain here for your entire procedure. There are a few exceptions for procedures for which no sedation is given and your doctor will discuss this with you at your pre-procedure appointment.