Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery

The urologic robotic and laparoscopy program at the University of Chicago is dedicated to minimally invasive alternatives to existing open surgical techniques. Laparoscopic surgery involves state-of-the-art technology, including use of a video camera and instruments through small openings on the patient's abdominal wall. The surgeon operates by watching the video feed on a television monitor.

Today laparoscopic surgery is mainly done using the da Vinci Robotic System. The University of Chicago Medicine was the first medical center in the Chicagoland area to perform the laparoscopic robotic radical prostatectomy with the da Vinci system. Our urologic program is one of the largest and most experienced in robotic-assisted surgeries in the country. Our institution now owns several of the latest clinical da Vinci robot systems for management of urologic diseases.

Laparoscopy offers a host of benefits for the patient, such as decreased pain, faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays, while maintaining equal outcomes when compared to open techniques. Finally, laparoscopic surgery is performed through much smaller incisions than open surgery, significantly decreasing the cosmetic impact of the surgery.