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Northwestern Memorial Hospital has a mission to put patients first, and part of accomplishing that goal is staffing highly trained and qualified physicians and staff and using groundbreaking, state-of-the-art medical technology.

Since 2000, surgeons at Northwestern Memorial have been using a robotic device to perform minimally invasive surgery for gynecologic, gynecology oncologic, thoracic, and urologic procedures. The robotic device, called the da Vinci® Surgical System, is a viable, effective, minimally invasive option for many patients facing surgery.

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy through the use of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The System enables surgeons to precisely perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions. It gives surgeons superior visualization of the procedure, allows enhanced dexterity, control, and precision, and offers superior ergonomics, all which enable surgeons to perform procedures in a manner never before experienced.

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

There are many potential benefits of robotic surgery over traditional surgery, which may include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Fewer surgical complications
  • Less scarring and fewer scars
  • A shorter hospital stay and a faster return to normal daily activities
  • In many cases, better clinical outcomes

The Robotic Surgical Services at Northwestern Memorial include:

Gynecologic Oncology 

Thoracic (Chest) Surgery 

Thyroid Surgery


Last UpdateDecember 2, 2011


To make an appointment with a physician, please call 1-877-926-4664.

New patients can request an appointment online.