Robotic Surgery

Our highly skilled experts perform cutting edge procedures for a multitude of benign and malignant conditions at our many convenient locations

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Recognized for excellence in robotic surgery

University of Washington Medical Center is the first major academic medical center accredited as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery. This certification recognizes the Montlake and Northwest campuses for providing the highest level of expertise, quality of surgical care and improved patient outcomes.

Robotic surgery you can trust

National Leaders

The surgeons at UW Medicine lead the nation with some of the highest case numbers of sophisticated robotic surgery procedures each year.

High Level of Expertise

Our team of surgeons have been performing complex robotic surgeries for more than a decade, and have introduced many new robotic techniques to the region.

Significant Benefits

Robotic surgery speeds recovery time by lessening tissue trauma, blood loss, pain, scarring, and infection risk. Our protocols further reduce hospital stays.

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Faster return to your life

Diana was preparing for a family vacation when she found out she had liver cancer. She had robotic surgery to remove her tumor, walked two miles the same day of surgery and got back to her golf game.
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Some of our common services:

Conditions we treat with robotic surgery:

  • Benign conditions — diverticulitis, diverticulosis, fistulas and rectal prolapse
  • Colon cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Rectal cancer

For more information on colorectal surgery, please call 206.598.4477.

Conditions we treat with robotic surgery:

  • Adrenal cancer
  • Metastases to the adrenal gland

For more information on endocrine surgery, please call 206.598.6288.

Conditions we treat with robotic surgery:

  • Gallbladder stones
  • Hernias hiatal, inguinal, incisional and ventral hernias
  • Spleen tumors and benign conditions

For more information on general surgery, please call 206.598.4477.

For more information on hernia surgery, please call 206.668.1070.

Conditions we treat with robotic surgery:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Vaginal cancer

For more information on gynecologic oncology, please call 206.598.8300.

UW Medical Center’s Obstetrics and Gynecology program at the UW Medical Center is the only program in Washington state ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report.

Conditions we treat with robotic surgery:

  • Ovarian cysts and other masses
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Vaginal or uterine prolapse

For more information on gynecologic surgery, please call 206.598.5500.

UW Medical Center has the most comprehensive and high-volume head and neck robotic program in the region with 3 fellowship-trained robotic surgeons specializing in benign and malignant tumors. 

Conditions we treat with robotic surgery: 

  • Head and neck cancers — laryngeal, hypopharyngeal, oral, oropharyngeal and tongue

For more information on otolaryngology surgery, please call 206.598.4022.


UW Medicine surgeons are leaders in robotic surgery for pancreatic and liver tumors, including performing the first robot-assisted Whipple surgery and first robot-assisted liver resection in the region.

Conditions we treat with robotic surgery:

  • Benign liver tumors — symptomatic hepatic adenoma, cystadenoma, focal nodular hyperplasia and hemangioma
  • Liver metastases — cancer that spreads to the liver including breast, colorectal, lung, melanoma, and ovarian and pancreas cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNET)
  • Premalignant pancreas tumors — intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) and mucinous cystic neoplasm (MCN)
  • Primary liver cancer — hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer), gallbladder cancer and fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma (FHCC)

For more information on liver and bile duct surgery, please call 206.598.0539.

For more information on pancreas surgery, please call 855.557.0555.

UW Medicine’s Thoracic Surgery team is the largest, most experienced of its kind in the region.

Conditions we treat with robotic surgery include:

  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Mediastinal tumors (thymoma)
  • Pulmonary metastases (colorectal, sarcoma, melanoma, and other cancers)

For more information on thoracic surgery, please call 206.598.4477.

UW Medicine is home to the leading prostate center in the region that includes the most experienced robotic surgeons in the region for all types and stages of prostate cancer.

Conditions we treat with robotic surgery:

  • Bladder cancer and cysts
  • Kidney cancer and cysts
  • Prostate cancer, benign hyperplasia and cysts
  • Testicular cancer
  • Ureteral cancer

For more information on urology surgery, please call 206.598.4294.

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols use evidence-based guidelines to standardize a patient’s care before, during and after surgery. These protocols optimize the patient’s experience by improving safety and outcomes, and are also associated with lower costs. UW Medicine’s ERAS protocols have also reduced hospital stays for robotic surgery patients to lower than the national average. (Data are from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.)

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