Elective surgeries to resume at Lompoc Valley Medical Center

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Posted at 5:29 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 22:30:31-04

Lompoc Valley Medical Center can resume elective surgeries again starting Friday after they were postponed due to the pandemic.

This includes surgeries for joint replacements, cataracts, hernias, and other non-emergency surgeries.

Patients scheduling appointments must be tested for COVID-19 prior to coming in and then isolate until surgery.

"We hope by the 18th of May to get back to a full block schedule where we can start to increase the number of cases every day," said Dr. Randall Michel, Lompoc Valley Medical Center Chief Medical Officer.

The hospital has been treating coronavirus patients but has recently seen a decline in those numbers.