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Surgical Services

At the University Of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, patients have access to the latest developments in surgical medicine. State-of-the-art technology paired with world-renowned professionals forms the foundation for a wide range of clinical, educational and research services.

Every patient is important. Whether it's a simple surgical intervention or an extremely complex procedure for high-risk surgical patients, the focus is always on helping each patient achieve his or her best level of health.


Our Services

Bariatric Surgery
UI Hospital Bariatric Surgery Program has been designated as a Bariatric Center of Excellence (BSCOE). Our program is a multidisciplinary group of surgeons, physicians, dietitians and other healthcare professionals dedicated to the treatment of obesity.

Breast Cancer Center
The Breast Cancer Center provides dedicated services for the evaluation and treatment of women with breast cancer. The Center is at the forefront of technology and is dedicated to the team approach for the care of women seeking treatment of breast cancer and restoration through breast reconstruction. We provide surgical and medical treatment for women with genetic predisposition to breast cancer, new diagnosis of breast cancer, or previous diagnosis of breast cancer seeking immediate or delayed reconstruction or treatment of secondary deformities. Mammography, genetic counseling, clinical research trials, patient advocate services, and the latest imaging technologies are part of our comprehensive management. Our goal is high patient satisfaction and excellent clinical outcomes.

Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
The Division of Cardio-thoracic surgery focuses on the surgical treatment of conditions affecting organs in the chest, heart, lungs, ribs, esophagus and diaphragm. We provide specialized care in adult and pediatric cardiac surgery and well as management of patients with lung cancer, emphysema, esophageal cancer and mediastinal diseases.

Colon and Rectal Surgery
UI Hospital offers specialized care for individuals with diseases and symptoms related to the small and large intestines, the rectum and anus.

Craniofacial Center
The Craniofacial Center provides evaluation and treatment for infants, children, adolescents and adults with congenital or acquired conditions of the oral cavity, face, and head. The Craniofacial Center is one of the oldest and largest facilities in the country dedicated to the team approach for the care of infants, children, adolescents, and adults with cleft lip and palate and other congenital craniofacial conditions. We also provide surgical and prosthetic rehabilitation for those with head and neck cancer or who have suffered craniofacial trauma as well as dental care for medically compromised and developmentally challenged adults.

Head and Neck Cancer Surgery
The Ear, Nose, and Throat Cancer surgeons at UI Health are unique to the Chicago area in their ability to offer certain patients robot-assisted surgery.  If your cancer is amenable to this treatment, it is beneficial to you in that it is minimally invasive so your recovery is quicker as is your function, or your ability to eat, and breathe.  In addition, if surgery is recommended as part of your treatment and your surgeon can anticipate a significant loss of tissue that would impair your function, Drs. Wenig and Jefferson are experts in providing microvascular surgical reconstruction at the same time of removing your cancer.

Minimally Invasive, General & Robotic Surgery
UI Hospital is the nation’s leading practitioner of robotic surgery. Robotics features a team that has received worldwide acclaim for pioneering techniques. UI Hospital has performed thousands of surgeries and robotic procedures using the most advanced techniques and equipment available.

Pediatric Surgery
UI Hospital Pediatric Surgery carries out all types of pediatric general surgical, thoracic surgical and urologic procedures. We have particular expertise in less invasive laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery, and also in the management of children with congenital abnormalities.

Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery
We provide patient care in all areas of adult and pediatric plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. We also collaborate with other specialists to manage patients with congenital anomalies, difficult wounds and complex reconstructive problems.

Surgical Oncology
The Division of Surgical Oncology provides screening, surgical treatment, and coordination of care for cancer patients with solid tumors. Our Oncologists provide comprehensive diagnostic and specialized surgical treatment choices for our patients diagnosed with solid tumor disorders. Clinical areas of expertise include, though are not limited to, tumors of the head and neck, breast, liver, gastrointestinal tract, melanoma, sarcoma and complex surgical procedures for cancer. This includes planned multidisciplinary treatment tailored to the individual patient. Expert surgical care is a standard including such specialized procedures as isolated limb and abdominal perfusions.

Transplant Surgery
The Division of Transplant Surgery at the University Of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System is one of two programs worldwide offering living donors for all abdominal organs: kidney, liver, pancreas, intestine, combined liver/bowel, combined kidney/pancreas and the only program offering combined, liver/bowel living donor transplant from parent to child less than five years of age. Our multidisciplinary transplant team is dedicated to providing excellent care to patients, treating each individual with compassion, dignity and respect. It includes pharmacists, respiratory therapists, dietitians, social workers and nurses who specialize in organ transplantation. This team provides quick evaluation and diligent follow-up with each transplant candidate in a comfortable and dynamic environment. In the hospital, nurses on the transplant team provide complete care designed to assist the patient in his/her recovery.

Urologic Oncology
The Department of Urology at UI Health offers the most advanced therapies available for urologic cancers, including open and laparoscopic surgery, robot-assisted surgery, radiation therapy (IGRT and IMRT), chemotherapy and combination therapies.    

Vascular Surgery
The Division of Vascular Surgery focuses on the treatment of vascular disease, our clinical areas of expertise include aortic aneurysm, aortoliac occlusive disease and venous disorders. Additional procedures include carotid surgery and lower extremity revascularization and treatment of non-healing ulcers of the lower extremities. We focus on the most effective care for each patient, our vascular surgeons work with a multi-disciplinary team of specialists, including cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, thoracic surgeons, neurosurgeons, neurologists, and critical care specialists.

Wound Healing and Tissue Repair
The Section of Wound Healing & Tissue Repair at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System is a formal part of the division of Vascular Surgery. It is our goal to provide the highest quality of care possible to patients with chronic wounds by providing personalized treatment with a focus on limb salvage and patient centered outcomes. The Section of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair provides clinical care through comprehensive evaluation, management, and treatment of all types of chronic non-healing wounds on both an outpatient and inpatient basis.

The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System is home to the first and only medical fellowship in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair and is partnered with the American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (ACWHTR), a physician-based non-profit organization in Illinois. The ACWHTR has as its primary goal, the creation of a formal specialty in medicine and surgery for wound healing and a board certification process for physicians.


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