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Regional Medical Center of San Jose Named a Robotic Epicenter

First on West Coast and One of Just 3 Training Centers Nationwide for Single Site Robotic Surgery

San Jose, CA - Intuitive Surgical – the maker of the da Vinci system – has designated Regional Medical Center of San Jose a da Vinci robotic training center where surgeons from across the nation and the world come to learn best-in-class robotic techniques at Regional’s well established da Vinci program. Regional is the very first da Vinci Single Site training center on the West Coast and one of only twenty-two centers in the United States. Surgeons will train with Dr. Huy T. Nguyen, Regional’s Medical Director of Robotic Surgery Program who performs sophisticated, minimally invasive procedures.

"The Single-Site procedure is more precise and the 3D visualization of the surgical field is superior as compared to the conventional laparoscopic approach, which is only two dimensional,"says Dr. Nguyen. "The integration of robotic technology allows surgeons to perform cholecystectomies (gallbladder removal) in a less complicated manner." Dr. Nguyen adds that most people who require gallbladder removal are candidates for the robotic single-incision surgery.

Medical benefits for single-site robotic surgery patients include a potentially shorter recovery, minimized pain, reduced blood loss and complications. There is an added cosmetic benefit of virtually no visible scarring because there’s only one incision in the umbilicus (belly button), instead of four.

Regional is one of the busiest single site robotic surgery centers in the world. Dr. Nguyen is one of only a handful of surgeons across the nation specially trained in this robotic-assisted procedure and has done the most procedures on the West Coast of the United States.

"This is a major advancement for our hospital," said Mike Johnson, CEO. "Regional surgeons perform various types of robotic-assisted surgeries in addition to gallbladder removal, including procedures for gynecological, general, thoracic, and urological conditions including kidney and prostate. The da Vinci National Epicenter designation distinguishes Regional as a leader in single site robotic surgery."

About Regional Medical Center of San Jose
Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a major 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 (heart attack) receiving center. Regional is recognized by the Joint Commission as a 2011 Top Performing Hospital on Key Quality Measures™. It is a nationally recognized Robotic Surgery Training Center. For more information, visit:

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