Patients coming to Community Regional Medical Center for cardiovascular surgery can expect the highest quality of care. Our doctors and specialized nurses are some of the best and brightest from around the U.S. They use leading-edge technology to provide the most advanced surgical care in central California.
Each room is equipped with specialty beds that extend to patient height, flat-screen TVs and custom showers for patient comfort. We also offer a 10-bed cardiovascular intensive care unit with a dedicated nursing team for patients who need more involved monitoring and treatment.
You’ll first meet with a surgeon from Community Regional to discuss your surgery. When you and your doctor have decided how to move forward, one of our admitting representatives will contact you about your personal and insurance information. Community Regional will then contact your insurance company regarding your benefits and to request pre-authorization before surgery occurs.
After your surgery has been scheduled you may be called to come in for a pre-operative visit with a nurse. Please bring all of your prescription medications in their bottles to the appointment. Please plan your transportation after the appointment ahead of time. This will help in the event you are not able to drive yourself home after your visit.
On the night before your surgery, you may eat a normal meal, but do not eat, drink or chew anything after midnight. If you brush your teeth during this time, be sure to avoid swallowing any water.
The Morning of Surgery
At your pre-operative appointment, you’ll be given antibacterial soap to use the morning of your surgery. If you did not have a pre-operative visit, bathe or shower with an antibacterial soap that does not contain lotions in it such as Dial, Lever 2000, etc. On the day of your surgery, it’s important to remember:
- Do not apply lotions, powders, alcohol-based products or deodorant
- Don’t wear any makeup and remove colored nail polish.
- Clear nail polish is OK to wear
- Bring all of your prescription medications in their original bottles with you to the hospital if you did not bring them to a pre-operative appointment
- We recommend that you dress in comfortable clothing that's easily removed and folded.
- Leave jewelry, watches, money and other valuables at home
What to Bring
So you can feel as comfortable as possible, we suggest bringing the following personal items (inpatient only):
- Pajamas/nightgown, bathrobe and slippers
- Comfortable casual clothing and shoes with non-skid soles are recommended for patients undergoing rehabilitation therapy
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, etc.
- Eyeglasses, dentures and hearing aids
Please leave all of these items in your car or with a friend or loved one until you are assigned to a hospital room.
Arriving for Surgery
When you arrive, please report to the Registration Area located on the 2nd floor in the hospital – Community Regional Outpatient and Surgical Services. Once you are taken to the pre-operative area, you’ll be given a hospital gown to wear. All clothing and other valuables will be given to your family member or the person who accompanies you. If you’re unaccompanied, please tell your nurse, who’ll have your items safely stored prior to surgery.
It’s normal to feel nervous. Our nurses and hospital staff will be available to answer your questions so you and your loved ones can feel more relaxed. Once you’re in the operating room, your friends and family members will be escorted to the surgery waiting room. After your surgery, the doctor will personally update them and answer any questions.