Minimally Invasive Prostate Surgery

Surgery on the prostate gland requires a delicate technique to protect the vital nerves and muscles that control potency and urinary continence. Prostate surgery to relieve urinary symptoms or to remove a prostate gland affected by cancer can be done with more precision through the use of robotic-assisted surgical techniques.

Robotic-Assisted Prostatectomy

Robotic-assisted surgery lets the surgeon perform complex procedures with precise detail and less physical trauma for the patient.

Aurora's experts in urology first adopted the  robotic-assisted prostatectomy minimally invasive approach in 2003 at Aurora St. Luke's. Since then, our urology experts across Aurora have performed robotic assistend prostectomy at Aurora West Allis Medical Center, Aurora Medical Center in Summit, Aurora Medical Center in Grafton and Aurora BayCare Medical Center. Our experts have performed more than 1,500 of these procedures, more than any other health care system in Wisconsin.

Experience Counts

Since initiating our robotic-assisted surgery program in 2002, Aurora Health Care physicians have collectively performed more than 4,700 robotic-assisted procedures using the daVinci Surgical System.

Aurora St. Luke’s Urology Program has been ranked best in Wisconsin by U.S.News and World Report, based on reputation, mortality rate and patient care.

Our experience is your assurance of a more positive outcome and a better patient experience.

Robotic-Assisted vs. Traditional Prostate Surgery

Benefits Open procedure: Robotic-assisted procedure:
Incision Single incision 4 to 5 small incisions
  8”–10” long 1–2 centimeters in length
Hospital stay 3.5 days 1.2 days
Back to work 6 weeks 3 weeks


Additional benefits of robotic-assisted prostate surgery:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less trauma to surrounding tissue
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recoveries
  • More rapid return to everyday activities
  • Less scarring
  • Less risk of infection

To learn more about robotic-assisted surgery, see our frequently asked questions.

If you are considering a robotic-assisted surgery, consider asking your physician the following questions:

  • What experience do you have with robotic-assisted surgery?
  • What types of robotic-assisted surgery procedures have you done?
  • How many robotic-assisted surgery procedures have you done?
  • What type of outcomes have your patients experienced?

To find out if robotic-assisted surgery may be right for you, visit Aurora’s Second Opinion Program or call 888-973-2663.