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Nguyen Brothers, First in Bay Area to Perform Single-Incision Robotic Surgery to Remove Gallbladder

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May 14, 2012

Scarless, Belly Button Gallbladder Surgery Is New Type of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

San Jose- May 14, 2012 - Led by Huy Nguyen, DO and Nang Nguyen, DO, the Regional team removed the gallbladders of three local patients through robotic surgeries through a belly button incision of less than one inch. The Food and Drug Administration approved the new procedure in Dec. 2011 for the Intuitive da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System.

Huy and Nang Nguyen are among the first surgeons in the country who have received special training to perform the surgery and first the in Bay Area. They are also the only brother tandem and are doing the most complex gall bladder procedures in the country.

"To be one of the first hospitals to offer this technically advanced surgery demonstrates Regional’s leadership in providing patients with the most up-to-date minimally invasive surgical options," said Huy Nguyen, DO.

Benefits of the new surgery can include minimal scarring, less pain, less bleeding, faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay, enhancing quality and safety and improving patient satisfaction. The surgery can be performed in less than one hour with a typical hospital stay of two hours.

During the procedure, the surgeon sits at a console viewing 3-D, high-definition images while using controls below the display to move robotic arms with attached surgical instruments. The system translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

Unlike traditional robotic surgeries that require three to four small incisions used as access ports for the robotic arms, the new technology allows for a single incision at the belly button where instruments are placed and the diseased organ is removed. Most people who require gallbladder removal are candidates for the robotic, single-incision surgery. According to the American College of Surgeons, surgery is the recommended treatment for gallbladder pain from gallstones and nonfunctioning gallbladders.

About 1.2 million gallbladder removal surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year, including about 12,000 performed in the Bay. It's estimated that 80 percent of elective gallbladder removal surgeries could be done using the single-port, robotic-assisted approach. San Jose Regional offers various types of robotic-assisted surgery. In addition to gallbladder removal, Regional surgeons perform robotic-assisted surgery in general surgery, urology, and oncology. San Jose Regional also offers a wide range of non-robotic, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries.

About Regional Medical Center of San Jose
Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a Level II Trauma Center. The hospital provides a host of technologically-advanced services including Cardiovascular, Orthopedic and General Surgery, along with multi-organ Cancer Care, and services for Women and Children. Regional Medical Center of San Jose holds Joint Commission advanced certification as a Primary Stroke Center and a Get with the Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. It is a certified Chest Pain Center, and county-designated STEMI receiving center. For more information, visit: www.regionalmedicalsanjose.com

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