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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 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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Our dedicated team will be there every step of the way. Feel free to call us with any questions or concerns you might have about joint replacement surgery.
Osteoarthritis stiffens joints, causing pain during normal daily activities. There are several surgeries that replace damaged and deteriorated joints with synthetic ones – enabling the joint to move normally. With a wide variety of materials and devices to choose from, our orthopedic surgeons can adapt the surgery to fit your specific needs.
At our three major hospitals within the Community Medical Centers family, we offer a full range of surgical care – from cardiac and orthopedic surgery to neurological and cosmetic surgery. Our teams of highly trained doctors, nurses and medical professionals use the latest in surgical technology to increase the speed of patient recovery and reduce pain.