Fresno surgeon does first U.S. partial knee replacement assisted by NavioPFS robotic technology

A retired school librarian made history with her knee on Feb. 11, by undergoing the first partial knee replacement in the U.S. with NavioPFS™ orthopedic surgical technology.

Community Regional nationally recognized for hip and knee replacement surgery

Community Regional Medical Center has been selected by Blue Shield of California to be the Central Valley’s Preferred Center for CalPERS HMO plan members who need non-emergent knee or hip replacement surgery. To be designated by Blue Shield as a Preferred Center for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery, a facility and surgeon must  also provide high-quality care cost-effectively. Community Regional was the only Central Valley hospital selected in its service area.

Other Key Services

Medical Imaging/Radiology & Lab – We house the region's first 128-Slice CT scanner which performs detailed cardiac imaging of a beating heart, reducing the need for heart-slowing beta-blocker drugs and offering the lowest possible radiation exposure and twice as fast heart images. This state-of-the-art CT scanner includes the widest bore and highest weight limit for the table to better accommodate our bariatric patients.

Hip Replacement

Greg Rogers has severe pain in his left hip and is having trouble doing everyday activities. Can Dr. Kevin Lester fix his patients' hip and get him back on his feet?

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Knee Replacement Surgery

Dr. Deniz Baysal gives former athlete Zack Gaines a new leg up on life after knee replacement surgery at Community Regional Medical Center.

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Awards & Accreditation

Community Regional Medical Center’s five-star-rated Hip Replacement Program and Knee Replacement Program consistently rank among the best in the nation.


In the recovery room you will gradually wake up, and you may feel groggy from the anesthesia. You may hear your nurse telling you surgery is over.

After Surgery

You will be encouraged to get out of bed and walk, usually within the first day after surgery. As you become more active, your main goal will be to get used to the feel of your new joint and prepare yourself for living with your new hip or knee. You’ll be able to go home when your doctor determines you can use your new joint, your body temperature is normal and you are able to get in and out of bed by yourself.

When it is time to leave the hospital, the hip and knee replacement team will talk with you about:

Surgery Day

Before surgery you will receive an IV to supply necessary medicines and fluids. You may begin receiving anesthesia through this tube. There will be other wires or tubes to monitor your body’s functions, remove excess fluid and help you breathe during surgery. Your hip and knee area will be scrubbed with a germ-killing soap. When the sterilization process is complete, your surgeon will begin.

Before Surgery

Your pre-admission visit:
Once your surgery has been scheduled, you will be invited to the hospital for a detailed pre-admission visit. Be sure to make a list of medications you are taking and bring it with you. This visit may also involve chest X-rays, an electrocardiogram (EKG), blood tests and a urine analysis.

You may be asked to: