UW Health's urology program performs thousands of urologic procedures annually, yet retain as our primary goal providing the best possible urologic care for our patients. We have the resources to treat every instance of urologic disease, from the simplest problems to the most complex.
In addition to our comprehensive clinical work, we participate in countless clinical trials and research programs and explore the latest minimally and non-invasive treatments. A large clinical research staff supports these endeavors, along with research fellows, residents and research scientists.
To provide the best possible care, improve quality of life, and shape the future of urology through education and research.
The UW Health Urology Department
Excellence in minimally invasive urology, in particular laparoscopic urology, has been a hallmark of UW Health's urology program since 1995. Laparoscopy is a form of minimally invasive surgery where standard, open and "large" incision surgery is replaced with "keyhole" incision surgery.
The laparoscopic approach duplicates the open surgery, but shortens hospital stay, recovery, and decreases the overall pain a patient undergoes following the procedure.
Leading-edge Laparoscopic Successes
UW Health physicians have a strong tradition in laparoscopic urology. Below is an historic timeline of our most leading-edge laparoscopic innovations.
To date, hundreds of laparoscopic operations have been performed by UW Health specialists, and as our experience mounts, even more advanced procedures may become routine.
||The first successful hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy with a sleeve in the United States was performed at UW Hospital by Dr. Stephen Y. Nakada, with the assistance of Dr. Timothy D. Moon.
The first laparoscopic cryoablation of a renal tumor was performed by Drs. Moon and Nakada at the William Middleton Veterans Hospital in Madison.
Drs. Nakada and Moon participated in the first laparoscopic live donor nephrectomies at UW Hospital.
||The first successful laparoscopic pyeloplasty in Wisconsin was performed by Dr. Sean P. Hedican at UW Hospital.
In January of 2003, Drs. Moon and Hedican performed the first successful laparoscopic radical prostatectomies at the William Middleton VA Hospital.