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Cutting-Edge Laparoscopic Successes

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we have a tradition in laparoscopic urology.

Below is an historic timeline of the most cutting-edge laparoscopic successes.


The first successful hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy with a sleeve in the United States was performed at University 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 S. Middleton Veterans Memorial 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 University Hospital.


In January of 2003, Drs. Moon and Hedican performed the first successful laparoscopic radical prostatectomies at the William S. Middleton Veterans Memorial Hospital.

To date, hundreds of laparoscopic operations have been performed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and as our experience mounts, even more advanced procedures may become routine.
UW Hospital is also a site for the Zeus laparoscopic robot (Computer Motion, Inc), which can be utilized in robotic laparoscopic procedures.


Dr. Jarrard performs his 500th robotic radical prostatectomy. Copyright © 2018 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System