Robotic Urologic Surgery

Robotic Urologic Surgery

Urologists at the University of Chicago Medicine are experts in robotic surgery, using the most advanced techniques to treat urinary tract disorders and urologic cancers while sparing patients' urinary and sexual function. Like other minimally invasive procedures, surgeries performed using robotic da Vinci surgical systems allow patients to return home faster – and with less pain and scarring – than traditional, open surgeries. In addition, robot-assisted techniques provide the operating physician with enhanced visibility and increased range of motion, resulting in fewer complications and better patient outcomes.

Committed to the Best Outcomes

Committed to the Best Outcomes

In 2002, the University of Chicago Medicine pioneered the first robotic urologic surgery program in the Chicagoland area. Since that time, our surgeons have performed more than 5,100 robotic urologic procedures, including 4,275 prostatectomies, 475 partial and radical nephretectomies, and 200 pediatric robotic urologic surgeries. In addition to being one of the busiest programs in the area, our patients consistently have some of the best outcomes when compared to other academic medical centers, including:

  • Shortest length of hospital stay after nephroureterectomy, partial nephrectomy and radical prostatectomy
  • Lowest 30-day readmission rate for partial nephrectomy


As leaders in our field, we are committed to training surgeons around the world. Our robotic surgeons help advance patient care by directing live courses on robotic urologic surgery and annual meetings around the globe.

Robotic Urologic Procedures

Our surgeons are able to perform about 90 percent of all urologic abdominal surgeries using robotic/laparoscopic technics. Some of the robotic procedures we offer include:

  • Radical prostatectomy and lymph node dissection for prostate cancer, including salvage prostatectomy following radiation
  • Partial nephrectomy, radical nephrectomy, nephroureteretomy, and cryo and radiofrequency ablation for kidney cancer
  • Radical cystectomy for bladder cancer
  • Partial bladder resection for benign bladder tumors
  • Pyeloplasty for ureteropelvic (UPJ) obstruction
  • Adrenalectomy for adrenal tumors
  • Cyst ablation and nephrectomy for cystic kidney disease
  • Ureterolysis for retroperitoneal fibrosis
  • Resection or biopsy for retroperitoneal mass
  • Ablation for seminal vesicle cyst


University of Chicago urologists were the first to perform many types of robotic procedures, including the first-ever robotic neurogenic bladder reconstruction on a baby. Today, we continue to be at the forefront of robotic treatment approaches and comprehensive patient care.

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