Our Services

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 with 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)

Samaritan Medical Center

Surgical Care Center

830 Washington Street

Watertown, NY 13601

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

Before You Go

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 2-5:00 pm 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).

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    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.

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