da Vinci Robotic Surgery

da Vinci...Changing the Experience of Surgery


Lakeland Health has created many da Vinci masterpieces — over 1,250 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 first in our region and second in the state of Michigan to have a da Vinci Xi System. Lakeland is the third health system in the country to have two.

The units have been placed at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph and Lakeland Hospital, Niles. The current da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System moved to 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 11 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™ and Si™ 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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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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