Surgery

Fresno Heart & Surgical among top two hospitals statewide for patient experience

Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital is one of two hospitals in California to receive HealthGrades® Outstanding Patient Experience Award for five consecutive years at the top 5% level.

Study shows gastric bypass surgery reduces medication cost

Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital bariatric surgeon Saber Ghiassi led a study through Stanford University that found morbidly obese patients who had gastric bypass surgery were able to significantly reduce their medications for hypertension and diabetes at a year after surgery – which led to a big drop in health care costs. Forty-year-old Paul Ferguson of Fresno’s story serves as an example of real results. He lost more than 200 pounds through gastric bypass surgery more than a year ago, and no longer needs his medications for diabetes and hypertension. 

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.

What's a P.A.?

Physician assistants are a valuable resource when it comes to patient care at Community Medical Centers. However, not many people know what this job entails and what a P.A. does. Here's a little insight into the job and how our P.A.s work to give our patients the best of care.


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What's a P.A.?

Physician assistants are a valuable resource when it comes to patient care at Community Medical Centers. However, not many people know what this job entails and what a P.A. does. Here's a little insight into the job and how our P.A.s work to give our patients the best of care.

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New test for patients at Fresno Heart & Surgical

It’s not common knowledge, but when it comes to surgery, knowing your blood volume could be critical. Until recently there hasn’t been a quick or easy way to measure blood volumes right before surgery.

FAQ

Q. Will I need to have Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) after my hysterectomy?

A. It depends on your age and ovarian status. After a hysterectomy, most women take hormones until their early fifties, but the number drops to about 10% after that. The decision for or against HRT is an individual one, and your surgeon will help you make that choice.


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Bariatric Conference

For a third year in a row, more than 30 surgeons from around the nation and from overseas came to Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital to learn the latest techniques in bariatric revision surgery from pioneers in bariatric and metabolic surgery. Since the surgical technique has been around several decades, more and more patients with more historical surgeries are considering resurgery.

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Patient travels from Mexico to have bariatric revision

Librado Heredia Villegar has a complicated bariatric history – too complicated for his local surgeon in Ensenada, Mexico, who recommended Dr. Kelvin Higa at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital.


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Beating Heart Surgery

Dr. Pervais Chaudhry performs beating heart surgery on Ray Plymale, who is at high risk for a heart attack or stroke.

Healthcare Heroes episode #1007.4

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