da Vinci Robotic Surgery

da Vinci...Changing the Experience of Surgery

Lakeland Health has created many da Vinci masterpieces — over 1,750 cases performed to date. To better serve our patients, we recently acquired the newest model robot — the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System, making Lakeland the only health system in Michiana with the most advanced Xi technology. 

The units have been placed at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph; Lakeland Hospital, Niles; and the Center for Outpatient Services, St. Joseph, the only outpatient surgery center in the Midwest to have a surgical robot.

The da Vinci robot performs over 1 million safety checks per second and allows for a whole new level of safer, more complex surgical treatment.

Dr. Benjamin Stockton, Medical Director of the Lakeland Robotics program and the only da Vinci fellowship-trained Urologist in Michiana, leads a team of 15 robotically-trained surgeons.

As a 100 Top Hospital, you can trust that our quality is the highest rated in the nation.

Lakeland Health surgeons use the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical Systems to see inside the body more clearly and perform complex surgeries through tiny incisions. This state-of-the-art technology allows patients to receive the advanced treatment they need at Lakeland Health, without leaving our community.

Compared to conventional surgery, da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery may include a number of benefits, including: 

  • Faster recovery
  • Less pain
  • Minimal scarring
  • Reduced blood loss and need for blood transfusions
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Single site incision
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Smaller incisions

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Living Life on Her Own Terms, Trista Watts
Mar, 2016
Physicians: Benjamin Stockton, MD

Since the procedure, the fear of my symptoms returning is no longer in my mind. 

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Don’t Stomach the Pain, Rosemary Stull
Feb, 2016
Physicians: Craig Kline, MD

If anyone is hesitant to have surgery, they should know they are in good hands with Lakeland Health

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No Place Like Home, By Loren B. Hamel, MD
Aug, 2015
Physicians: Daniel Reichert, MDRoy Winslow, MD; David Blue, MD

We were grateful they brought their skills to work, and blessed by how they brought their hearts to work. 

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Patient Praises da Vinci Technology as ‘Future of Surgery’, Chriss Lyon
Mar, 2015
Physicians: Michael Schuhknecht, DO

I'm thankful this technology is available right here in our community and that I was able to receive my treatment locally. I felt like I was being cared for by my friends and neighbors the entire time.

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Karen Freehling: A Lakeland da Vinci® Masterpiece , Karen Freehling
Jan, 2015
Physicians: George Heenan MD, James Clancy III, MD, FACS,

My advice to anyone who has to have surgery is to have the robotic surgery if at all possible. The small incisions, the speedy recovery time…it just amazed me how everything went.

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Local Realtor Rates His Lakeland Experience a 20!, Howard McLauchlin
Jan, 2015
Physicians: David Terhune, MD, Benjamin Stockton, MD, David Blue, MD, Thomas Mattice, MD,

If I had to rate my care experience on a scale from one to 10, it would be a 15 or 20. I’m happy I chose to stay local at Lakeland.

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No Time to Spare, Bill Cox
Jan, 2015
Physicians: Everything was happening so fast; my wife and I didn't have time to think. I am grateful for Lakeland Health; I couldn't have received better care.

Ben Stockton, MD,

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Patient Praises New Technology for Quick Recovery, Rosario Espinoza
Jan, 2015

Roy Winslow, MD, FACS,

I think this technology is wonderful and safe. I was back to work in a week with no restrictions.

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