The 1990's were a groundbreaking period for minimally invasive prostate surgery, or laparoscopic urology surgery. Advances in the field occurred at a rapid pace as technology and technique united to open new worlds of possibility for minimally invasive surgery. Urologists in the section of Robotic & Laparoscopic Surgery are continuing to be at the forefront of minimally invasive patient care, research and education. Techniques in robotic and laparoscopic surgery that have been developed and perfected in the laboratory and pioneered in the operating rooms have become the gold standard of urology practice, employed in everything from prostate cancer surgery to adrenal surgery .

Urologists here at Cleveland Clinic are currently utilizing the latest technologies and techniques with both robotics and laparoscopy to achieve terrific results. Surgeons are utilizing robotics and laparoscopy to reduce blood loss, preserve erectile function and reduce the lengths of stay for their patients.

What is minimally invasive urological surgery?

Minimally invasive urological surgery is a type of surgery to correct urological issues that requires much less trauma to the patient. By performing procedures laparoscopically (through small keyhole incisions), robotically (with the aid of a robot), or even through a single-port, surgeons at Cleveland Clinic achieve great outcomes for patients.

The Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute offers a wide range of laparoscopic and robotic techniques for a variety of conditions. Please click on the links below to learn more about some of the procedures we are currently performing on a routine basis, including laparoscopic partial nephrectomy and robotic prostatectomy.

Learn about the latest advances in laparoscopic partial kidney surgery.

Robotic Prostatectomy

Robotic prostatectomy is a surgery typically performed on men who have prostate cancer. Our robotic approach allows for faster recovery and cosmetic outcomes.

Minimally Invasive Surgery to Correct Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Cleveland Clinic's diverse team of urologists allows for our team to address a number of surgical needs for women who experience pelvic organ prolapse.

Complex Urethral & Vaginal Reconstruction

The experience of Cleveland Clinic's urological team allows our surgeons to perform complex urethral-vaginal surgery to restore function and appearance to a sensitive and complicated region of the urethral and vaginal anatomy. Surgeons at Cleveland Clinic have pioneered a number of reconstructive procedures now used at institutions around the world. We are also a world-leader in the development and refinement of minimally invasive surgery.


Orchiopexy is a surgery to move an undescended testicle into the scrotum and permanently fix it there. Orchiopexy typically also describes the surgery used to resolve testicular torsion. The rate of success of orchiopexy is very high.

Other Procedures

There are many other procedures offered by the Cleveland Clinic's minimally invasive urology surgery team. Schedule an appointment with a urologist to find out more.

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