robotic urologic surgery in the Center for Care and Discovery
UChicago Medicine urologists regularly perform robotic surgery to treat prostate cancer.

Surgery to remove the prostate gland (prostatectomy) is a common treatment for localized prostate cancer. Our team performed the first robotic prostatectomy in Illinois and has maintained the highest quality and volume since then. Surgery may be an option if:

  • The prostate cancer is newly diagnosed and localized to the pelvis
  • While on active surveillance, new cancer features are identified requiring a change in management
  • The prostate cancer recurs after radiation therapy

Our urologic surgeons use robot-assisted techniques for nearly all radical prostatectomies, which also includes the removal of the seminal vesicles and portions of the vas deferens. During this minimally invasive procedure, the surgeon controls the surgical tools from a console in the operating room. The robotic surgical system gives the surgeon a three-dimensional view and a greater range of motion and allows for better surgical precision while performing this highly technical procedure. Robotic surgery has many advantages for the patient including:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Fewer complications
  • Quicker return to daily activities

Because the prostate gland is surrounded by nerves and involved in other structures important for sexual function and urination, radical prostatectomy is a complex procedure that requires a highly experienced urologist. Urologic surgeons at the University of Chicago Medicine specialize in techniques that remove prostate cancer tissue while preserving the surrounding nerves, when appropriate. This optimizes the chances of maintaining normal urinary and sexual function following the surgery. We maintain detailed data regarding the cancer, urinary function and sexual function for all of our patients. The goals of this data collection are to provide quality feedback to the surgeons, realistic expectations for patients and opportunities for constant improvement and information for research.

A Leader in Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer

The urology program at UChicago Medicine has one of the largest and most experienced robotic surgery teams in the country. Our urologists pioneered robot-assisted surgery for prostate cancer in the early 2000s and have performed more than 5,000 prostatectomies since that time.