Minimally Invasive Robotic SurgeryIf you need surgery, you want to recover and get back to your life as quickly as possible. Our goal at Spectrum Health is to offer surgical options that can get you in and out of the hospital with a quick recovery time. Spectrum Health is excited to offer our patients minimally invasive robotic surgery options across 10 different specialties.
We have performed the most robotically assisted procedures in West Michigan—more than 20,000 since 2006, when we first invested in robotics technology. Spectrum Health has 11 locations offering minimally invasive robotic surgery capabilities, so you have access to quality care close to home.
How does minimally invasive robotic surgery work?The da Vinci® surgical system assists surgeons while they perform the surgery with an advanced set of instruments. The surgeon is in control the entire time and guides robotic arms with a console. The surgeon’s hand movements are translated in real time to maneuver the robotic arms, increasing precision and dexterity.
Robotics allows for better visibility through the use of miniature 3D, high-definition cameras. The robotic arms can bend and rotate in more ways than the human wrist can, allowing surgeons to make more delicate, precise and stable movements. The size of the instrument allows for surgeons to operate through only a few small incisions.
Patient BenefitsRobotic-assisted surgery might be a great option for you. It’s less invasive than other conventional methods and offers benefits such as:
- Quicker recovery times. You want to get back to living your life. Robotic-assisted surgery is often referred to as minimally invasive because it offers smaller incisions, which means quicker recovery time.
- Less pain. Because there are fewer, smaller incisions involved in robotic-assisted surgeries than conventional open surgeries, most patients experience less pain.
- Lower risk for surgical site side effects. Minimally invasive surgeries are associated with less scarring and a decreased risk for blood clots, blood loss and infections.
- Fewer hospital re-admissions. Patients who undergo minimally invasive surgeries have a lower rate of hospital readmission than patients who undergo more traditional surgical methods
Robotic Surgery Locations
Surgical robots at eleven locations within the Spectrum Health enterprise provide access to the most advanced minimally-invasive technology across West Michigan.
- Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital
- Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital
- Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital
- Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial
- Spectrum Health Hospitals - Surgery Center at 4069 Lake Drive
- Lakeland Hospital Niles
- Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph
- Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital
- Spectrum Health Pennock
- Spectrum Health United Hospital
- Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital
Advantages of Robotic Surgery
Spectrum Health expands robotic treatments to the benefit of patients. Surgery recovery can be difficult, taking weeks for patients to get back on their feet. At Spectrum Health, we are working to get people back to their normal lives faster. Learn more about our program in the video below.
Changing Lives with Robotics
Read our HealthBeat stories below to learn more about how both patients and physicians are experiencing numerous advantages thanks to the benefits of Spectrum Health's Robotic Surgery innovations.
Just like Wonder Woman
After undergoing da Vinci robotic surgery to remove her lung cancer, Roxanne Nelson is amazed at how quickly she has rebounded.
Doctors and their robots
Cancer survivor Caroline Laney learns firsthand how humans and machines are working together in the operating room.