San Jose, CA — A surgical team led by Kirby Tran, MD and Jeff Lin, MD at Regional Medical Center of San Jose performed the first da Vinci® Single-Site™ hysterectomy in San Jose.

Using a small single incision, the system enables surgeons to remove the uterus through the umbilicus (belly button) in less than 60 minutes. The minimally invasive procedure is traditionally performed laparoscopically or robotically using multiple incisions, or by one large incision in an open surgery.

This revolutionary surgery offers the traditional benefits of robotic surgery such as a shorter recovery time, low blood loss, minimal pain, a short hospital stay and high patient satisfaction.

Dr. Tran performed the hysterectomy using Single-Site(TM) instruments on a da Vinci(R) System. "Neither robotic surgery nor single-incision surgery is new, but combining the two to remove the uterus is a significant advancement in how surgeries will be performed in the future and the role of robotic technology in the operating room," said Dr. Tran. "I am honored to be the first physician in San Jose to perform a robotic single-site hysterectomy. Most importantly, I am excited to be able to offer our patients a less invasive and more cosmetic option for robotic surgery."

During the procedure, the surgeon sits comfortably at a console, viewing 3-D, high-definition image of the patient's anatomy. The surgeon uses controls to move the instrument's arms and camera. In real-time, the system translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient.

"As a leader in single-site robotic surgery, Regional surgeons perform a range of robotic, minimally invasive surgeries including gynecologic, urological, thoracic, bariatric and general surgery procedures," says Mike T. Johnson, President and CEO of Regional Medical Center. "This surgery underscores Regional's ongoing commitment to providing patients with the highest level of surgical care using the most advanced minimally invasive surgical options."

About Regional Medical Center of San Jose

Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a Level II Trauma Center staffed by in-house specialists 24/7/365. The hospital provides a host of technologically-advanced services including Cardiovascular, Neuro, Orthopedic, bariatric and General Surgery, Interventional Pulmonology, along with multi-organ Cancer Care, and services for Women and Children. Regional holds Joint Commission advanced certification as a Comprehensive 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, Certified Atrial Fibrillation Program, county-designated STEMI (heart attack) receiving center, and an ACoS accredited Community Cancer Center. Regional is a recipient of Healthgrades 2015 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. It is recognized by the Joint Commission as a 2011, 2012, 2013 Top Performing Hospital on Key Quality Measures™. The hospital has also been recognized by U.S. News and World Report and Healthgrades as a top performing hospital, and is home to the San Jose Institute for Robotic Surgery. For more information, visit:

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