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Nursing Instructor Experiences the Benefits of Robotic Surgery As Denise Gardner reached the stage in her life when a hysterectomy was her best medical option, she didn’t have to look far for innovative treatment. Lakeland HealthCare had recently purchased two new da Vinci Xi® Surgical Systems , which use advanced robotics to assist specially trained surgeons in minimally invasive techniques. Gardner’s physician, Rachel Proctor, MD , of South Shore Women’s Health...
After undergoing gallbladder surgery years ago, Bridgman resident Karen Freehling thought she knew what to expect from future trips to the operating room. But it wasn’t until Karen’s recurring diverticulitis required surgical treatment with  Lakeland’s da Vinci robot that she realized just how far technology had come. Over the previous two years, Karen, 70, had experienced three episodes of diverticulitis, a condition that occurs when pouches—called...

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