• See the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System in Action

    The da Vinci Robotic Surgery System is a breakthrough in surgical technology which utilizes small, robotically-assisted instruments to enhance a surgeon’s technical abilities, allowing complex procedures to be performed with minimal risk. In this video, you can watch a surgeon use the robot’s multiple arms to delicately and methodically peel a grape!

    Find out more about the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System by calling Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000. Our surgeons use robotic technology to perform a variety of general, urological, and gynecological procedures with less pain and recovery time involved for patients.

  • The Benefits of da Vinci Robotic Surgery

    The da Vinci Surgical System is changing the way surgery is performed, enabling difficult procedures to be completed with much less trauma to the patient. Here are just some of the reasons why Regional Medical Center has adopted da Vinci Robotic Surgery for various procedures:

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    Reduced Blood Loss

    Historically, surgery has required that a large incision be made in the skin and sometimes bone in order to access the tissue below. This open type of surgery results in a fair amount of blood loss, as healthy areas must be cut away to provide the surgeon with a proper view and reach of the surgical site. Laparoscopic surgery, which uses long instruments and a camera inserted through a number of small incisions, is less invasive than open surgery but cannot be used for complex procedures due to the physical limitations of the instruments. However, da Vinci surgical instruments can bend at a variety of angles, offering unparalleled precision that preserves the integrity of surrounding blood vessels.

    Easier Recovery

    Because da Vinci Robotic Surgery is considered minimally-invasive, it is easier to recover from than traditional open surgery. Smaller incisions and less tissue damage means a reduction in the amount of pain that patients experience postoperatively. da Vinci patients also tend to heal more quickly from surgery, resuming their regular activities after fewer days spent in the hospital.

    Less Extensive Scarring

    Long incisions are often clearly visible for the rest of a patient’s life, which can be particularly upsetting for patients requiring surgery in the neck, chest, or abdomen. Yet, until the development of da Vinci Robotic Surgery, open incisions were the only possible method of performing such procedures. Now, patients experience only a few small cuts that easily blend in with the skin over time.

    At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our specially-trained surgeons are dedicated to providing cutting-edge care while reducing the burden on the patient. Find out how we use the da Vinci Surgical System by calling (408) 259-4000 today.

  • Painless Heart Attacks

    Heart attacks are extremely dangerous, and one common symptom is chest pain.  While this symptom is well-known, it is not always present during a heart attack, which can lead to numerous health risks.  Find out more about heart attacks without chest pain in this video, and for more information, call Regional Medical Center of San Jose today at (408) 259-4000!

  • Regional Medical Center of San Jose is Offering a Limited Number of Free Mammograms

    Breast Care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose

    In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is offering a limited number of free mammograms to underserved people.

    Appointments available:
    8:00am and 4:30 pm
    Friday & Saturday October 26 & 27th

    Eligible patients should be 40 years or older, or have a family history of breast cancer. We are particularly interested in offering this service to  patients who normally would not have the opportunity or means to receive a mammogram.

    Results of the screening exams will be sent to the patient’s attending physician within 48 hours, if possible.

    RMCSJ has partnered with radiologists from the Central Valley Imaging Group, who generously offered to volunteer their time to make this free community service possible. 

    To make an appointment, call the RMCSJ Radiology Scheduling  Department at (408) 928-6280. Appointments are limited and booked on a first come, first served basis.

    The Breast Care Center at RMCSJ is located in Suite #190 of the 200 Medical Office Building, San Jose.  The Center offers digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, outpatient laboratory and bone density scanning.

  • Safe Trick or Treating Tips

    Halloween is a time for fun, festivities, and trick-or-treating, but it is also a time to be more aware of seasonal illnesses and injuries common to the holiday. To keep your kids safe and healthy this Halloween, it is important to follow some simple safety guidelines when going trick-or-treating. Here are some basic steps to take to ensure the safety of your children on their outings this Halloween:

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    Never let children go trick-or-treating unattended: Adult supervision is a must for trick-or-treaters, even if they are in a larger group. Have at least one parent or babysitter accompany kids while they are out, and set a time to return home at a reasonable hour. Having a set route for trick-or-treating is also advisable, so you can know exactly where your children are, even if you are not the adult supervising their journey.

    Keep warm clothing on hand: Many Halloween costumes will not offer much protection against the fall chill in the air on Halloween night, so make sure that you have a jacket for your child just in case it gets too cold. Staying warm will lower your child’s chances of catching seasonal illnesses while out on Halloween night.

    Limit candy consumption: Be sure to inspect your child’s candy before he or she digs into the treats, and only allow your child to eat treats that are factory-wrapped, unless they are homemade treats from a trusted friend or neighbor. Don’t allow your child to overdo it with candy consumption, as too much sugar can cause your child to become ill. Moderation is key when enjoying Halloween treats.

    For more information to help you have a safe Halloween this year, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose on our website or by calling (408) 259-4000. We can help you maintain good health all year long with services like the iTriage Symptom Checker and Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line available when you need them.

  • How Different Types of Stroke Are Treated

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    It’s estimated that every 45 seconds someone in the U.S. will suffer a stroke. What many people may not understand is that there are different types of strokes, which carry different risk factors and different courses of treatment. The three types of stroke are:

    • Ischemic (clots)
    • Hemorrhagic (bleeding)
    • TIA (transient ischemic attack)

    Ischemic stroke accounts for 87% percent of all cases. It occurs when an obstruction, such as a clot, blocks a vessel or artery supplying blood to the brain.

    Hemorrhagic stroke accounts for about 13 percent of cases. It is the result of a weakened vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the brain. The blood then accumulates and compresses the surrounding brain tissue.

    Transient ischemic attack (TIA) is caused by a temporary blood clot. It is often labeled a “mini-stroke,” but according to the medical community it is more accurately characterized as a “warning stroke.”

    Stroke is a medical emergency that should be treated as quickly as possible. 

    For ischemic stroke, treatment may include administration of the clot-busting drug known as tPA (tissue plasminogen activator). tPA is given intravenously in the arm and must be administered within a three-hour window from the onset of attack. If given promptly, tPA can significantly reduce effects such as paralysis, speech and language difficulties and memory loss.

    Surgical intervention and endovascular procedures are often used to treat hemorrhagic stroke. Surgery may include the placement of a metal clip at the base of a leaking blood vessel, or aneurysm, to stop the bleeding.  An example of an Endovascular procedure would be the use of a catheter to deliver a metal coil into a weakened blood vessel to prevent rupture.   

    Patients who suffer a TIA are often prescribed preventive treatments such as aspirin and anticoagulant drugs. Balloon angioplasty and implantable screens called stents may also be used to open blood vessels that are clogged by fatty deposits (cholesterol), which can break off and lead to stroke.

    There are identified risk factors for stroke that can be controlled. Among those risk factors are poor diet and high blood pressure. It is critical that a patient discusses any underlying condition with his or her physician to prevent a catastrophic outcome.

    The Regional Medical Center of San Jose is proud to have received a Certificate of Distinction as a Primary Stroke Center from the Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

    The Center offers diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, education and outreach. Regional’s Stroke Team of doctors and nurses works to identify stroke symptoms as quickly as possible, beginning with emergency medical service workers in the field. By the time a patient arrives at the hospital, the Team strives to be ready for immediate treatment.

    The Regional Medical Center of San Jose also offers a helpline for those who think they might be at risk and need emergent care. For referral to a qualified physician, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® line at (408) 259-4000. 

  • Diagnosing Breast Cancer

    The diagnosis of breast cancer may come from regular screening with mammograms or changes to the breast tissue that indicate something is wrong. In order to identify such changes, it is important to know what is normal for your breasts.

    With this video, you can get information about spotting breast cancer symptoms and getting regular mammograms to screen for abnormal growths in the breast tissue. Screening is a critical part of diagnosing breast cancer, since cancerous cells identified early on are much easier to treat.

    To schedule your next mammogram and learn about general breast health, visit The Breast Care Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose . Our goal is to connect with the community to provide helpful health education backed by superior patient care in all medical specialties. Learn more about us on our website or call us at (408) 729-2835.

  • Common Reasons for ER Visits

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    It’s sometimes difficult to decide whether the headache pain you are feeling or the bad burn you got while cooking dinner require a trip to the hospital. 

    Each year, more than 130 million Americans venture through the doors of U.S. emergency rooms. About a third of the visits are for the treatment of serious injuries; the rest involve critical and sometimes life-threatening illnesses.

    Knowing the symptoms of some of the most common reasons for an ER visit can help you decide what course of action to take.

    Heart Attack Symptoms

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chest pain and shortness of breathe bring more than 10 million people to the ER annually.  But those are not the only symptoms of a possible  heart attack .  Others include:

    • Pain that spreads to your shoulders, arms, back, neck or jaw
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Sweating (cold, clammy skin)
    • Lightheadedness
    • Anxiety (a sense of doom)

    If you think you are having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you are in doubt, err on the side of safety and call. Do not take a wait and see attitude. 

    Stroke Symptoms

    It is also a medical emergency if you are experiencing any of these signs of stroke.

    • Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg (usually occurring on one side of the body)
    • Sudden onset of confusion
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Difficulty speaking
    • Blurry, dimming, or no vision in one or both eyes
    • Dizziness, falling, or loss of balance
    • Severe or unusual headaches

    Accidental Poisoning

    Accidental poisoning can be a life-threatening emergency. There are many ways a poison can get into the body.  It can be ingested, inhaled, injected, or absorbed through the skin.

    Symptoms of accidental poisoning depend on the type of poison, but may include:

    • Difficulty breathing
    • Throat swelling
    • Mental confusion
    • Unbearable pain or burning
    • Severe vomiting
    • Headache
    • Unconsciousness

    If you suspect an accidental poisoning, call 9-1-1.

    Head Injury

    Not every head injury will affect the brain, but a powerful bump or blow to the head can cause a  traumatic brain injury , which may result in lasting damage.  Symptoms of a TBI range from mild to severe.

    • Confusion
    • Unconsciousness (brief or extended)
    • Headache (may worsen)
    • Dizziness
    • Blurred Vision
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Seizures
    • Slurred Speech
    • Weakness in the arms and legs

    Abdominal Pain or Pressure

    Unbearable abdominal pain, anywhere between your chest and groin, can be caused by many different conditions including:

    • Appendicitis
    • Bowel blockage
    • Cancer
    • Food poisoning
    • Heart attack
    • Heartburn
    • Kidney stones
    • Muscle pain
    • Poisoning
    • Tubal pregnancy
    • Ulcers
    • Urinary tract infections

    Seek immediate emergency help if you:

    • Have chest, neck or shoulder pain
    • Have difficulty breathing
    • Are being treated for cancer
    • Had a recent injury to your abdomen
    • Are pregnant

    Bleeding

    Excessive bleeding outside the body is easy to identify. It often results from injury due to accidents.  Internal bleeding, from blood vessels or organs, can be life threatening and may require immediate care.  Symptoms vary depending on where the bleeding occurs.

    Vomiting of blood requires immediate medical attention.

    Fever

    High fever is not uncommon in children, but you should always call your doctor if your child has a fever over 105 °F that refuses to come down with treatment.

    Call 9-1-1 if your child has a fever and is:

    • Crying uncontrollably
    • Confused
    • Unable to walk
    • Having difficulty breathing
    • Complaining about a bad headache
    • Experiencing a seizure
    • Experiencing blue lips, tongue, or nails

    At the Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our highly trained physicians and hospital personnel are well equipped to handle emergencies.  Our credentials include an accredited Chest Pain Center, a Joint Commission-certified Stroke Center and a Level II  Trauma Center .

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose was the first in the country to institute the  Rapid Medical   Evaluation ™ (RME) program.  On average, patients are seen in just over 30 minutes.

    For more information about  Emergency Services  at the  Regional Medical Center of San Jose , please call our 24-hour Consult-a-Nurse Referral Line at (408) 259-4000.

  • Looking for More Facts on Breast Cancer?

    You can take charge of your health by seeking help from Regional Medical Center of San Jose for health education and breast cancer screening. Contact us to explore more of our services by visiting our website or calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000.

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  • Get More Valuable Health Information

    If you want to explore more facts about breast cancer prevention and holiday health for your family, check out the recommended sites listed below. For a more in-depth look at your personal health, visit Regional Medical Center of San Jose for a broad range of services, including preventive health information to help you stay well for life. Visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000 to connect with us.

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