Institute of Surgery

St. Luke’s Institute of Surgery boasts of many of the country’s highly trained surgical specialists with world-class knowhow and expertise backed by the newest technologies and equipment in this field.

Its capability in surgical procedures ranges from the most routine to the most intricate, demanding and complex procedures. It is committed to provide the highest quality of patient care and safety as recognized by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the world’s most prestigious healthcare accreditation body, and TEMOS (Trust, Effective Medicine, and Optimized Services), a Germany-based accrediting organization for Excellence in Medical Tourism and Quality in International Patient Care. St. Luke’s Medical Center is also a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

The Main Operating Room complex, where all major surgeries are done, is composed of 16 operating room theaters designed for a wide range of surgical procedures.

It is fitted with climate-controlled technology and has anti-static flooring, fire-proof glass dividers and a Laminar Airflow system to enhance and maintain environmental sterility. Each theater is equipped with the latest anesthesia machines with built-in scavengers and HEPA-filters, cardiac monitors and other highly advanced equipment necessary to deliver accuracy, efficiency and safety of the surgical procedure.

During these procedures, surgeons gain real-time computerized access to laboratory, diagnostic and radiologic images via digital monitors through the hospital’s Picture Archiving and Communicaitons System (PACS). The latest, most innovative and sophisticated surgical instruments are also available for a variety of advances in surgery such as suture-less surgical procedures, virtually no-scar surgery, transplant surgery, Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) treatment for advanced cancer and many more. Access to up-to-date journals on evidence-based surgical management is also available. Benefits of less pain, minimal blood loss, shorter hospital stay and faster return to normal activity.

In 2010, St. Luke’s made history by introducing the first advanced robotic surgery system in the country – the third generation da Vinci Si Surgical system. With sophisticated robotic surgical technology, St. Luke’s surgeons now provide patients with the best possible healthcare with very minimal risk and the promise of a faster recovery. Following St. Luke’s vision of becoming an internationally recognized academic medical center, the Institute continues to pursue excellence by conducting multiple surgical training and simulation workshops at the Advanced Surgical Training and Simulation Laboratory (ASTSL) and Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Center (MIRSC). It is the first and only multispecialty training hub in the country to have the most advanced virtual simulators, the LAP Mentor with haptic feedback and the GI-Bronch endoscopic simulator, that are utilized in the continuous training of surgical skills.

Collaboration with other programs such as APAN (Asia-Pacific Advance Network) allows exchange of knowledge and skills among Asia-Pacific surgeons.