Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a leader in minimally invasive procedures that result in shorter recovery periods, less discomfort and better cosmetic outcomes

Laparoscopic Surgery
Many operations that once required large incisions, lengthy hospital stays, and long recovery periods were largely replaced by "minimally invasive" surgeries performed with the laparoscope.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose surgeons are well skilled and trained in the latest laparoscopic surgeries. They have completed more laparoscopic surgery procedures than any other surgeons in the area.

Learn more about minimally invasive procedures done at Regional from these videos:

Laparoscopic Surgeries

  • Hernia Repair
  • Gallbladder- Single incision Laparoscopic Cholestectomy- Gall bladder removal
  • Colon Cancer single incision colon resection)
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Benign Colorectal Polyps
  • Appendectomy
  • Diverticulitis
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Reversal of colostomy
  • Lysis of Adhesion
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Biospy

Endovascular Therapy and Vascular Surgery Procedures

  • Abdominal Intervention
  • Cancer Therapy
  • Central Venous Access Catheters
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease-stenting and angioplasty to improve blood flow
  • Stroke Therapy
  • TheraSphere
  • Varicose Veins
  • Venous Disease
  • Vascular Disease Screening
  • Traumatic vascular repair
  • Vascular coiling to treat aneurism or trauma

Neurointerventional Radiology Procedures

  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Carotid Stenting - Extracranial (Brachiocephalic) Angioplasty
  • Intracranial Angioplasty
  • Vasospasm Treatment
  • Cerebral Angiogram/stenting/balloon angioplasty
  • Cerebral Thrombectomy-blood clot removal
  • Cerebral Coiling- controlling bleeding from hemorrhagic stroke


  • Cardiac Catherization- To diagnose and treat arterial blockages in the heart
  • Cardiac stenting/ angioplasty - repair blockages in the heart arteries
  • Thoracoscopic MAZE procedure - treat and effectively cure atrial fibrillation. It is a closed-chest, beating heart procedure and is performed without the use of the heart-lung bypass machine.
  • Electrophysiology State of the art Electrophysiology lab to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms
  • Cardiac Ablation- to treat irregular heart rhythms
  • Cardiac Rhythm Therapy (CRT) pace makers, cardiac defibrillators etc. placed under skin for treatment to improve heart function


  • Chemoembolization-Focused and targeted chemotherapy directedly into tumors using a small catheter.
  • Therasphere-targeted radioactive treatment directly into the tumor
  • Radio Frequency Ablation- less invasive procedure to treat tumors using radio frequency

Pain Management

  • Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty- therapeutic and preventive treatments for spinal compression fractures from osteoporosis or trauma

GI Endoscopy
EndoscopyMany people are most familiar with endoscopy as a gastro-intestinal procedure. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, GI endoscopies may be conducted for diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Heartburn, esophageal reflux disease, gastritis, Barrett’s esophagus
  • Esophageal, gastric or duodenal ulcers or cancers
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Parasitic diseases, peptic ulcer disease, anemia
  • Chron’s disease, celiac disease angiodysplasia, ulcerative and ischemic colitis,irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis
  • Colorectal cancers (see a video)
  • Intestinal obstruction, impaction, fistula, prolapse
  • Barrett’s esophagus, Zenker’s and Meckel’s diverticulum, Mallory-Weiss tear
  • Biliary Endoscopy

The liver produces bile which is an essential component of digestion. Bile from the liver is stored temporarily in the gall bladder. The liver, gall bladder and associated ducts are known as the biliary system. Diagnosis and treatment of biliary illness frequently involves endoscopy as the least invasive method of approaching issues from gallstones to liver cancer. Use of endoscopy in biliary disease may include diagnosis or treatment of the following:

  • Motility, secretion of bile, cholangitis, gallstones
  • Diseases of the liver, including Hepatitis A, B, C and E
  • Bile duct cancers
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pseudo cysts
  • Fistulas
  • Genetic defects
  • Pancreas divisum
  • Portal hypertension
  • Cirrhosis
  • Stent placement
  • Common bile duct stone removal

Endoscopic Ultrasound
Physicians at Regional Medical Center of San Jose now use the advanced practice of Endoscopic Ultrasound to combine endoscopy and ultrasound to create the highest definition images of internal organ structures. This is a substantial advance in the ability of physicians to pinpoint and fully describe tumors, enhancing outcomes for surgery or radiation oncology.

Endoscopic Ultrasound may be used to:

  • Diagnose and treat biliary cancers
  • Place gold seed markers to aid in radiation therapy treatment
  • Diagnose gall bladder and common bile duct stones
  • Assist with lymph node biopsies
  • Guide drainage of cysts in the liver and pancreas
  • Mucosal resection of large polyps
  • Liver biopsy

Colonoscopy is recognized as a primary line of defense against colon cancer. Colonoscopy allows for the early identification and removal of polyps that can become cancerous. In addition to the prevention, identification and treatment of colon cancer, colonoscopy may be used in:

  • Stent placement
  • Diagnosis and treatment of colitis or diverticulosis
  • Polyp removal
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Special endoscopes designed for the examination of lungs are frequently used to diagnose and treat pneumonia, emphysema, other infections of the lungs and lung cancer. Bronchoscopy provides the physician with valuable information that can help streamline treatment and minimize more invasive procedures.