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First Thoracic Surgery in San Jose with the da Vinci Si® Surgical System

Robot Used to Remove Tumor in Chest Cavity

San Jose-November 14, 2012 – Regional Medical Center of San Jose is the first hospital in San Jose to use the da Vinci Si® Surgical System to remove a tumor from a patient’s chest cavity. Cancerous tumors in the compartment surrounding the heart are classified as mediastinal masses and have a high frequency of malignancy.

Regional’s Cardiac Surgeon, Dr. Sang Lee, was the first surgeon in San Jose to remove a mass from a patient’s chest wall using the da Vinci Si®Surgical System.

"The da Vinci Si robot dramatically enhances visualization of the operative site and more precisely mimics the complex movements of the hand and wrist, allowing us to delicately access the chest cavity and remove the cancerous section," said Dr. Lee.

Gaining access to masses inside the chest has traditionally involved a six to ten inch chest incision. The technique can be quite painful post-operatively because it entails cutting through muscle and spreading the ribs.

In comparison, robotic surgery is a closed-chest procedure that is performed using the da Vinci Si™ Surgical System, a highly advanced technology that allows surgeons to resect the mass through a small incision.

"As a result, patients undergoing the robotic procedure recover faster, experiencing less pain, blood loss and scarring than those treated by conventional means," added Dr. Lee. "Such advantages may also translate into better long-term outcomes."

The robot is routinely used by surgeons at Regional for minimally invasive general surgical procedures such as single-site gallbladder removal, as well as urological and gynecological surgeries. Surgeons at Regional now join a select group across the country using robotics to perform sophisticated thoracic operations.

"Robotic technology takes the potential of less invasive surgery for thoracic surgery to a whole new level, opening this option up to a much broader segment of our patients," said Mike Johnson, CEO. "Regional expects to treat a growing number of patients with this advanced procedure."

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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