The Urologic laparoscopy program at the University of Chicago offers many urologic surgeries that are minimally invasive. Laparoscopic surgery involves using a video camera and instruments through small openings on the patient's abdominal wall. The surgeon operates by watching a television monitor using these instruments. State-of-the-art monitors, cameras, and instruments are utilized in laparoscopic surgery (FIG). The University of Chicago is also one of the first medical centers in the United States to perform the laparoscopic robotic radical prostatectomy with the Da Vinci robot system.

Using the laparoscopic approach, surgery is performed without the surgeon's hands ever touching the inside of the patient's abdomen. Equal surgical outcomes are achieved. Patients have less pain compared to open surgery. Patients have a shorter stay in the hospital and a faster recovery.
This also means a quicker return to their normal activities. In addition, instead of the conventional open larger incisional scar, laparoscopic surgery scars are smaller and thus superior cosmetically.

Laparoscopic surgery is performed for various urologic disorders, including cancer and benign diseases.

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