Surgical Oncology

Surgery may be part of a patient’s treatment plan. The type of surgery a patient with cancer receives will vary, depending on factors such as the location, size, type, grade, and stage of the tumor, as well as age, general health, and other factors of the patient. The goal of surgery may be to remove the cancer, reconstruct a part of the body, and/or to relive symptoms such as pain.

The robotic da Vinci Surgical System , used primarily in the treatment of prostate cancer , can also be used for gynecology and general adult surgeries. 

Gentle, Compassionate Care

Lakeland-daVinci-300x250 Lakeland Health offers a wide range of surgeries so that you can stay close to home, your family, and loved ones while you recover. Our outcomes are stellar, and we rank among the best of the best for safety in the nation.

But we hope you will choose Lakeland not only for our excellent medical care delivered by a highly-skilled team, but because we strive to provide the most gentle, least invasive treatment possible.

da Vinci Robotic Surgery

Whether you are contemplating surgical weight loss, have been diagnosed with a hernia or bad gallbladder, we have nine experienced surgeons specially-trained to use the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System. Spectrum Health Lakeland has created many da Vinci masterpieces — over 3,000 cases performed to date.

Some of the most common surgeries performed using the da Vinci are:


Spectrum Health Lakeland surgeons use the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical Systems to see inside the body more clearly and perform complex surgeries through tiny incisions. The da Vinci robot performs over 1 million safety checks per second and allows for safer, more complex surgical treatment.

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

  • 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

"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 well everything went."
Karen Freehling, Bridgman, MI

"My healing time was cut in half. I would recommend da Vinci surgery to anyone."
Linda Chism, South Haven, MI

Read about more patients who have been operated on at Spectrum Health Lakeland by a da Vinci certified surgeon. Their stories have three key things in common.

1) They went to Lakeland
2) They chose a da Vinci procedure
3) Their surgery went great!

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