da Vinci Robotic Surgery

Big things happen with smaller incisions

Whether you are contemplating surgical weight loss, have been diagnosed with a hernia or bad gallbladder, discover gentle, compassionate care close to home. At Spectrum Health Lakeland, we're part of a team of 80 da Vinci® surgeons who are specially trained in the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques using the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System.

More than 14,000 robotic-assisted surgeries have been performed to date have led to faster healing, less discomfort, more life to live. Some of the most common surgeries performed using the da Vinci are:

1,000 safety checks per second

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 1,000 safety checks per second and allows for a whole new level of safer, more complex surgical treatment. This state-of-the-art technology allows patients to receive the advanced treatment they need, without leaving our community.

Compared to conventional surgery, da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery may provide 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

Meet our da Vinci surgeons                                                                               

Hear more from our da Vinci patients

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Returning to Life’s Simple Pleasures

Linda Chism


James Clancy, MD
Oct, 2020
My healing time was cut in half.

A Very Lucky Man – Bad Kidney Causes Back Pain

Mitchel Simmons
Jun, 2018
I’m a very lucky man – I feel like I got a second chance at life.

Quit Running From Pain

John Ruder


Michael Webb, MD
Nov, 2017
Since having the surgery I am able to stand, run, lift, work, and live my life pain free.

Like it Didn’t Even Happen

Amy Waller


Roy Winslow, MD
Oct, 2017
The surgery interrupted my life very little – it’s almost like it didn’t even happen.

Thank You Very Much, Mr. Roboto

Gary Burkett


Roy Winslow, MD 
Aug, 2017
Dr. Winslow did a phenomenal job explaining my options to me.

“I Didn’t Want to Die Young”

Shelley Wilkinson
Feb, 2017
Finding Dr. Schuhknecht saved my life.

Living Life on Her Own Terms

Trista Watts


Benjamin Stockton, MD
Mar, 2016
Since the procedure, the fear of my symptoms returning is no longer in my mind.

Don’t Stomach the Pain

Rosemary Stull


Craig Kline, MD
Feb, 2016
If anyone is hesitant to have surgery, they should know they are in good hands with Lakeland Health

No Place Like Home

By Loren B. Hamel, MD
Aug, 2015
We were grateful they brought their skills to work, and blessed by how they brought their hearts to work. 

Patient Praises da Vinci Technology as ‘Future of Surgery’

Chriss Lyon
Mar, 2015
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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Trust Your Gut (Elizabeth Jeffers, MD; Craig Kline, MD)

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Robotic Surgery Explained

Learn how the da Vinci ® Xi ™ system and the specially trained surgeons are providing less pain, faster recovery, and minimal scarring for patients.

Check-Up: Robotic Surgery Explained (Craig Kline, MD, General Surgery)

General surgeon Craig Kline discusses some of the common fears patients have about undergoing da Vinci robotic surgery

Check-Up: How to Avoid a Hernia (Michael Webb, MD, General Surgery)

General surgeon, Michael Webb, MD, shares tips on how best to avoid suffering a hernia.

Robotic Hernia Repair (James Clancy, MD; Michael Webb, MD)

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Dinner and a Robot: The Future of Surgical Care at Lakeland HealthCare

Lakeland da Vinci Masterpiece

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Robotic Hernia Repair (Craig Kline, MD)

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da Vinci Surgical System at Lakeland Health

Learn about Roasario, Howard, and Karen's experiences with the da Vinci Surgical System.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy: Chriss Lyon "Patient Praises da Vinci Technology"

Learn about Chriss' weight loss journey after having a sleeve gastrectomy.

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