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Robotic-assisted Surgery

Robotic Advancements

  • Cardiovascular surgeons Allen Morris, MD and Frank Slachman, MD, lead the West Coast in the number of complex valve repair and replacement surgeries performed and are pioneers in minimally invasive techniques, da Vinci cardiac surgery and complex aortic disease treatments. Watch these two videos to hear Dr. Morris and Dr. Slachman talk about the future of heart surgery at Mercy, including minimally invasive mitral valve surgery using the robotic da Vinci® Surgical System.

In this video, Mercy Medical Group Cardiovascular Surgeon, Dr. Allen Morris, talks about the future of heart surgery with less invasive, faster recovery treatment options including robotic-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System. As the Director of Cardiovascular Medicine at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, Dr. Morris is part of one of California's busiest cardiac surgery programs for adult open heart surgery.


In this video, Mercy Medical Group Cardiovascular Surgeon, Dr. Frank Slachman, talks about mitral valve repair surgery at Mercy General Hospital using the da Vinci Surgical System, a minimally invasive platform.

These and several other Mercy Medical Group physicians are part of the most comprehensive robotic-assisted surgery program in the greater Sacramento area. The local Mercy hospitals feature three 3D high definition da Vinci® Surgical Systems - one at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, the second at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael and a third at Mercy Hospital of Folsom.

This talented group of specially trained surgeons is using the state-of-the-art da Vinci system to perform complicated surgical procedures, treating the widest array of conditions in our region, including:

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Urology

Robotic-assisted procedures using da Vinci surgery offer surgeons a degree of precision, control and dexterity traditional surgeries simply can't match. Some of the benefits to patients include:

  • Small incisions, meaning scarring is drastically reduced
  • Shorter recovery times, measured in days instead of weeks
  • Reduced pain and potential for complications

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is unique to each patient and procedure. The da Vinci Surgical System is considered safe and effective, but may not be appropriate for everyone. Always talk to your doctor about all treatment options, as well as the associated benefits and risks.

Is Robot-Assisted Surgery Right for You?

Learn more about our surgeons and specialty areas by browsing our minimally invasive surgery page. Then talk to your doctor or request a personal consultation with one of specially-trained surgeons.

To learn more about our services and how we can help, please call us at 916.733.3333 or use our online feature, Find a Doctor tool.