The Vattikuti Urology Institute, the flagship of the Vattikuti global network of institutions is the birthplace of the daVinci assisted robotic surgery in urology and the catalyst of the growth of robotic surgery in other surgical specialties. The Vattikuti Urology Institute, under the leadership of Dr Mani Menon was established in the year 2000 at the Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, with the philanthropic support of Padma and Raj Vattikuti. It was the first program in robotic surgery in urology disrupting the then existing treatment of cancer prostate by innovating the Vattikuti Institute Prostatectomy (VIP), the reproducible technique of robotic radical prostatectomy. This technique, with modifications, has evolved as the standard of care across the globe in prostate cancer surgery. The VUI has since remained an international leading center for training current masters in robotic surgery.
VUI is to be credited for several firsts such as the techniques of Vattikuti Institute Prostatectomy (VIP) and it’s further refinements for improving sexual and urinary control functions, robotic surgery for bladder cancer, kidney cancer, kidney stones, adrenal gland robotic surgery in children and robotic assisted kidney transplant recipient surgery. Dr. Menon and his team has over 500+ highly cited and published papers, leading the way for the frontline researchers. He is now focused on minimizing erectile dysfunction following robotic radical prostatectomy.