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Robotic Colorectal Surgery

Colorectal surgeons at the University of Chicago Medicine recognize the importance of curing disease while also preserving a patient's quality of life, including bowel and sexual function. With these goals in mind, we established a comprehensive robotic colorectal surgery program in 2009. Through this program, our surgeons provide advanced treatment options for patients with colon cancer, rectal cancer, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) and other disorders of the colon, rectum and anus.

At the Forefront of Robotic Surgery

At the Forefront of Robotic Surgery A surgeon operates robotic instruments from a console in the operating room.

Robotic surgery is an innovative, minimally invasive technique. During a robot-assisted procedure, a surgeon controls highly sophisticated robotic instruments while seated at a console in the operating room. This interface provides a three-dimensional image of the surgery, allowing for precise visualization and dissection of important structures, such as blood vessels and nerves. As a result, patients experience smaller incisions and less scarring; reduced pain; fewer complications; and shorter hospital stays and faster return to daily activities than with traditional, open surgeries.

The University of Chicago Medicine's robotic colorectal surgery program is based in our state-of-the-art hospital, the Center for Care and Discovery, and features four da Vinci robotic systems. Our surgeons and nurses are among the busiest and most experienced practitioners in the city of Chicago, having performed more than 130 complex robotic operations since program's inception in 2009. We're also dedicated to providing safe, high-quality and personal care. In a recently published peer-reviewed article, the University of Chicago Medicine demonstrated excellent patient outcomes following robotic rectal surgery for inflammatory bowel disease.

Robotic Procedures for Colorectal Diseases

Our colorectal surgeons have advanced training in robotic techniques. Whenever possible, they offer robotic surgery to help patients recover quickly and get back to their lives as soon as possible. Some of the robotic procedures we offer include:

  • Low anterior resection (LAR) for rectal cancer or rectal polyps
  • Abdominoperineal resection (APR) for rectal cancer
  • Total procto-colectomy for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Proctectomy with J-pouch reconstruction for ulcerative colitis
  • Proctectomy for Crohn’s disease
  • Trans-abdominal repair of rectal prolapse
  • Reoperative pelvic surgery benign or malignant


Through a collaboration with University of Chicago Medicine plastic surgeons, we also have developed a virtually incision-free procedure for pelvic floor reconstruction after complex rectal cancer surgery.

University of Chicago Medicine surgeons have unmatched experience that gives patients with complex colorectal conditions access to some of the brightest minds in robotic surgery.

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