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Digestive Disease Center
Offering a state-of-the-art Endoscopy Suite.

Massena Memorial Hospital's Endoscopy Suite features state-of-the-art high definition equipment to complement the highly skilled board certified doctors, nurses, and techs. The suite also contains its own registration area, so patients can report directly to the 3nd floor of the hospital for their appointment after registering.

If you are suffering from symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, intestinal bleeding or anemia, you may benefit from a GI endoscopy. Call the Massena Memorial Hospital Endoscopy Unit at 1-315-842-3030 for more information or contact one of our physicians to schedule a consultation:

  • Luis Canales, MD, Gastroenterology 769-1667
  • Dalkeith Facey, MD, General Surgeon 769-4656
  • Jayant Jhaveri, MD, Internal Medicine 764-0221
  • Sanjay Shah, MD, General Surgeon 769-4656
  • Byung Lim, MD, General Surgeon 769-6081

Hospital staff members of the MMH Endoscopy Team are Marlyn Berry, RN, Elaine McCann, RN, Linda Smith, RN, Malinda Durant, RN, Tonya Belknap, LPN, and Clyde Leffler, Clerk, and Helen Horvath, RN.

What is endoscopy?

Gastrointestinal endoscopy is a procedure that allows a physician to see the inside lining of your digestive tract. This examination uses an endoscope - a flexible fiber-optic tube with a tiny camera at the end - that provides close-up, real-time viewing.

In addition to showing what your digestive tract looks like, the endoscope can be used to treat many conditions within its reach. The instrument is fitted with tiny instruments that enable us to treat many of the abnormalities that may be encountered. The physician can remove benign growths such as polyps, repair tears or ulcers, and stretch strictures (narrowed areas). He can also use it to collect small pieces of tissue for biopsy.

Procedures we perform

  • Gastroscopy for evaluating and diagnosing problems with the upper GI tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum) including cancers, ulcers, varices, strictures and reflux
  • Colonoscopy screenings for cancer, polyps, hemorrhoids and inflammatory bowel disease
  • Emergency endoscopies for a wide variety of reasons

Choosing Massena Memorial Hospital Endoscopy Services

Although we perform dozens of these procedures, we understand that, to you, they're anything but routine. That's why we take the time to let you know what to expect and walk you through each step. You can feel at ease knowing that our staff has the skills and experience to provide superior, personalized care.

At Massena Memorial Hospital:

  • We have consistently exceeded our patient satisfaction goal - with scores of more than 99% - for the past five years in all aspects of care
  • All physicians who perform endoscopy procedures are board-certified in gastroenterology, general surgery or internal medicine
  • Each nurse brings 20 years or more of nursing experience
  • We use state-of-the-art high definition equipment
  • Our services range from routine screenings to complex diagnostics and treatments
  • We are equipped to respond quickly to emergencies, with on-call nurses for late hours

Colorectal cancer causes more deaths than you might think.

Colorectal cancer, or cancer of the colon or rectum, is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, claiming over 56,000 lives a year. An estimated 129,400 men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year alone. Many colorectal cancer deaths can be prevented. Screening tests can find polyps, which are tiny growths that can become cancerous. Removing polyps early can prevent cancer. Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when there may not be any symptoms and when treatment can be most effective. While early colorectal cancer often may have no symptoms, sometimes symptoms do occur. Symptoms to watch for include blood in or on the stool, a change in bowel habits, stools that are narrower than usual, general stomach discomfort, frequent gas pains, or weight loss. If you have any of these symptoms, discuss them with your doctor. Only he or she can determine the cause of the symptoms.

Who is at risk?

Both men and women are at risk for colorectal cancer. The disease is most common among people aged 50 and older and the risk increases with age. A family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps also increases the risk of developing colorectal cancer.

There are steps you can take:

If you are age 50 or older and have never been screened, start now. Screening is the best way to find polyps before they become cancerous, or to find an early cancer, when treatment can be most effective.

An endoscopy is a procedure that uses a small, thin, lighted flexible scope to see the inside of the body. The three most common endoscopic procedures performed at Massena Memorial Hospital are:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Upper GI Endoscopy
  • Lower GI Endoscopy

Talk with your doctor or healthcare professional about the screening options.

For more information, please talk to your family doctor or call 315-842-3030.