Lakeland HealthCare Advances Robotics Program

Lakeland HealthCare has a new member of the surgical team — the da Vinci® Si enhanced surgical robot. This advanced technology is used for local patients needing general surgery, thoracic surgery, gynecologic and urologic procedures. Lakeland HealthCare first introduced the da Vinci® Surgical System for robotic surgery in 2007, and the program continues to grow to meet the needs of our community.

For patients, robot-assisted procedures can offer many benefits, including a minimally-invasive option, with less pain, less blood loss, and less need for blood transfusions. Plus, the da Vinci Surgical System can enable a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery, and faster return to normal daily activities.

Benjamin Stockton, MD and Medical Director of Robotics at Lakeland, explained that the use of surgical robots developed as surgeons searched for ways to make operations less invasive while giving patients better results.

“Safety is always the cornerstone of our surgical therapies,” Dr. Stockton said. “We want to treat and cure disease, but safety is always the highest priority in the world of surgery, and we actively pursue it and measure it. The new da Vinci surgical robot helps take us one step further in that direction.”

As a urologist, Dr. Stockton uses the da Vinci robot to treat prostate cancer in men, remove cancerous portions of kidneys, treat kidney obstructions, as well as treat vaginal or pelvic organ prolapse in women. He also performs robotic-assisted removal of cancerous bladders.



Procedures performed with the da Vinci Surgical System at Lakeland HeathCare:

  • Bladder removal
  • Certain lung procedures
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Hysterectomy (women)
  • Kidney removal
  • Pelvic organ prolapse (women)
  • Prostate removal (men)

Safety features of the da Vinci Si

  • The da Vinci SI performs over one million safety checks per second

  • The system uses visual and audible alerts to keep the surgeon and surgical team aware of its status and functions

Lakeside Urology - Saint Joseph
815 St. Joseph Drive 
Saint Joseph, MI 49085

Phone: (269) 983-3455
Fax: (269) 983-5920

Lakeside Urology - Niles
42 N. St. Joseph Avenue
Niles, MI 49120

Phone: (269) 684-5447
Fax: (269) 684-0256