Thousands of robotic surgeries, including nearly scarless single-site procedures, are performed at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital – more than at any other program in southeastern Wisconsin. This is because the hospital has a team of more than 20 surgeons across nine specialties who are using this advanced technology.

Most advanced technology available

The latest generation of robotic technology is available at Waukesha Memorial, including the Xi robot, a 3D camera, fluorescence imaging and a repositionable operating table. When combined, the innovative equipment allows surgeons to perform more types of minimally invasive robotic surgery than ever before. The ProHealth robotic team offers minimally-invasive treatment options for:


Right colon resection

The right side of the colon, or large bowel, is the ascending colon. Right colon resection may be used to treat colon cancer, rectal cancer, ulcerative colitis and sigmoid diverticulitis. During the procedure, the right side of the colon is removed. The colon is then joined to the small intestine.

Sigmoid colon resection

This is an operation to remove part of the left side of the colon known as the sigmoid colon. It may be performed for patients with colon cancer, or for certain non-cancerous conditions such as Crohn's disease, diverticular disease or sometimes as part of surgery performed for rectal prolapse.

Low Anterior colon resection

A low anterior resection classically refers to removal of the sigmoid colon and upper rectum.

Abdominoperineal resection

An abdominoperineal resection is a surgery in which the anus, rectum, and sigmoid colon are removed. This procedure is most often used to treat cancers located very low in the rectum or in the anus. Once the anus and rectum are removed, a colostomy is created.


Rectopexy is a surgery used to repair a rectal prolapse. In this surgery, the rectum is restored to its normal position in the pelvis, so that it no longer prolapses (protrudes) through the anus.


Proctectomy is a surgical operation to remove all or part of the rectum. It is often needed to treat rectal cancer. If you have been diagnosed with rectal cancer, your treatment will depend on where and how far along your cancer is, as well as other factors.



Ventral hernia repair

A surgical procedure to fix a ventral hernia – tissue that is bulging through an opening or tear in the muscles of the abdominal wall. In some cases, hernias form at the site of past surgical incisions where the skin has thinned or weakened.

Inquinal hernia repair

During surgery to repair the hernia, the bulging tissue is pushed back in. Your abdominal wall is strengthened and supported with sutures (stitches), and sometimes mesh.

Incisional hernia repair

Incisional hernia repair with the use of synthetic mesh. The procedure involves the placement of a mesh inside the abdomen without abdominal wall reconstruction.

Paraesophageal hernia repair

A paraesophageal hernia is an uncommon type of hiatal hernia that mainly affects older adults between 65 and 75 years. The hernia includes a peritoneal layer that forms a true hernia sac, distinguishing it from the more common sliding hiatal hernia.


Large bowel resection is surgery to remove all or part of your large bowel. The large bowel is also called the large intestine or colon.


An adrenalectomy is an organ-removal surgery that removes one or both of your adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are two small organs, one located above each kidney. They secrete hormones that help regulate many bodily functions, including your immune system, metabolism, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure control.



Gynecologic oncology

Gynecologic oncology is a specialized field of medicine that focuses on cancers of the female reproductive system, including ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer, cervical cancer, and vulvar cancer. Specialists in the field have extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of these cancers.

Multi-port and single-site hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is an operation to remove all of or part of a woman's uterus and the cervix. Depending on the circumstances, ovaries and lymph nodes may also be removed. A robotic hysterectomy is done through small incisions using a thin, lighted scope with a camera on the end (a laparoscope). The surgeon will determine whether the surgery will require multiple small incisions or if a single site incision is an option when surgically removing a woman's uterus.


OTALARYNGOLGY (Ear, Nose & Throat)

Trans oral robotic surgery (TORS)

The robot allows surgeons to remove tumors from the mouth or throat through the mouth. The small, agile hands of the robot give surgeons access to areas that human hands could not reach without requiring external incisions.



Video assisted thoracoscopy with/without wedge resection

Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is minimally invasive thoracic surgery that allows surgeons to view the inside of the chest cavity. It is used to diagnose and treat problems in your chest. A small camera allows the surgeon to examine the exterior of the lungs and inner surface of the chest wall. Abnormal looking areas on the lung's surface can be biopsied during the procedure, as well as the lung itself.

Lung lobectomy

The right lung has three lobes. The left lung has two lobes. A lobectomy may be done when a problem is found in a part of a lung. The affected lobe is removed, and the remaining healthy lung tissue can work as normal. A lobectomy is most often done during a surgery called a thoracotomy.

Mediastinal lymph node dissection

The procedure for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) provides optimal staging for cancer. 



Multiport and single-site hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is an operation to remove all of or part of a woman's uterus and the cervix. Depending on the circumstances, ovaries and lymph nodes may also be removed. A robotic hysterectomy is done through small incisions using a thin, lit scope with a camera on the end. The surgeon will determine whether the surgery will require multiple small incisions or if a single site incision is an option when surgically removing a woman's uterus.

Uterosacral colpopexy

Sacral colpopexy is a surgical procedure designed for correction of prolapse of the vagina. It is an ideal procedure for those women who are sexually active but who have total prolapse of the vaginal canal. Prolapse of the vagina can occur following a hysterectomy or with the uterus in place.

Uterosacral suspension

The uterosacral ligament suspension is an operation designed to restore support to the uterus (womb) or vaginal vault (top of the vagina) in a woman who has had a hysterectomy. The uterosacral ligaments are strong supportive structures that attach the cervix (neck of the womb) to the sacrum (bottom of the spine). Weakness and stretching of these ligaments can contribute to pelvic organ prolapse. The uterosacral ligament suspension involves stitching the uterosacral ligaments to the top of the vagina to restore normal support to the vagina.



Radical prostatectomy

A radical prostatectomy is surgery to remove the entire prostate gland and surrounding lymph nodes. This surgery is a treatment for men with localized prostate cancer.

Radical nephrectomy

A radical nephrectomy is when your kidney is removed during surgery. This is most frequently performed for the treatment of kidney cancer. In this surgery, the kidney, and often the adrenal gland and the surrounding lymph nodes are removed.

Partial nephrectomy

A partial nephrectomy provides patients with a safe and effective way to remove a small renal tumor, while preserving the remainder of the kidney. This is a minimally invasive technique, which provides patients with less discomfort and similar results when compared to the traditional open surgery.


Laparoscopic radical nephroureterectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove the renal pelvis, kidney and entire ureter, along with the bladder cuff, in an attempt to provide the greatest likelihood of survival for patients with transitional cell cancer.


Pyeloplasty is the surgical reconstruction or revision of the renal pelvis to drain and decompress the kidney. Most commonly it is performed to treat an uretero-pelvic junction obstruction if residual renal function is adequate.


Patient benefits

Robotic surgery offers patients several benefits, including:

  • Less blood loss
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less scaring and pain
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker return to normal activities


Robotic team

If you require surgery, ask your physician if a robotic procedure may be an option for you. You can learn more about ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital’s robotic surgeons by calling 262-928-2745.

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