Thai T. Nguyen, M.D.
Dr. Nguyen graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry in 1994. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1998. He subsequently completed a residency in urology in 2003, as well as an Endourological Society accredited fellowship in laparoscopic surgery and endourology in 2004 at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. As a Fellow Associate in the University of Iowa Department of Urology, Dr. Nguyen was actively involved in resident education and was voted Teacher of the Year by the urology residents.
Dr. Nguyen sub-specializes in minimally invasive surgical procedures, including laparoscopic renal surgery (nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, cryoablation/cryotherapy, pyeloplasty), laparoscopic prostatectomy and robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (a.k.a. da Vinci prostatectomy, robot prostatectomy), laser vaporization of the prostate, endoscopic kidney stone surgery, and no-scalpel vasectomy.
Dr. Thai Nguyen is affiliated with the Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery. In order to be affiliated with the Midwest Institute of Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, urologists must meet rigorous criteria and demonstrate excellent outcomes and high patient satisfaction.
Prostate Cancer Didn’t Slow Down Plainfield Runner
Faster Recovery with Robotic-assisted Prostatectomy at Silver Cross Hospital
(July 20, 2016)—Bill Nehart had been receiving prostate screenings for the past 18 years. But last summer, his urologist noticed a change during the physical portion of the exam. Further testing and a biopsy indicated Nehart had a less aggressive form of prostate cancer. Fortunately, they caught it early giving him options.
Dr. Ernesto Tan suggested they could watch and wait or Nehart could have surgery. After talking it over with his daughter who is a nurse practitioner with a local oncology practice in Joliet, Nehart decided on surgery. His daughter recommended they see Dr. Thai Nguyen, medical director of the Robotic Surgery Program at Silver Cross Hospital.
Before leaving Dr. Nguyen’s office, Nehart’s surgery was scheduled for Nov. 30, 2015 at Silver Cross Hospital. The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital performs more procedures than any other hospital or surgery center in the entire Chicago area. “Of all the doctors I have met, Dr. Nguyen is one of the best I have seen,” said Nehart, 62 of Plainfield. “He spent 90 minutes with us explaining all the surgical options. He showed us where the cancer was located and how it had spread within my prostate. He explained everything so clearly even drawing diagrams making sure we understood what was happening.” “We decided that a robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy was in Bill’s best interest since he is otherwise healthy and leads an active lifestyle,” said Dr. Nguyen.
“Robotic surgery made the most sense to me,” Nehart said. “First of all, because of Dr. Nguyen’s extensive experience in performing these types of operations, but also because it posed the least risk for any complications and would be less painful than open surgery. Plus I would only have to spend one night in the hospital.”