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Spectrum Health robotic surgery improves recovery time for patients

Posted at 10:43 AM, Jun 07, 2019

June is Hernia Awareness Month, and sometimes hernias require surgery to repair. Abdominal surgery recovery can be difficult, taking weeks for patients to get back on their feet, but at Spectrum Health they're working to return people back to their normal lives faster.

More and more hernia surgeries are done robotically and Spectrum Health has added 13 robots to their fleet since 2017.

Robotic surgery is less invasive, allows for faster recovery time, and has improved range of motion compared to open surgery.

Robotic surgery helps with:

  • Hernia repair
  • Lung cancer resection
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Hysterectomy
  • Colon Resection

Spectrum Health has robots at the following locations:

  • Big Rapids Hospital
  • Butterworth Hospital
  • Blodgett Hospital
  • Lake Drive outpatient center
  • United Hospital
  • Pennock Hospital
  • Lakeland
  • Coming this summer: Gerber and Ludington Hospital

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