Surgical procedures in Denver

When it comes to surgery, you and your loved ones can trust our surgical team at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center. We use the latest surgical practices and technology for the best outcomes and shorter recoveries.

Your surgical team will work closely with you and your family to ensure that you receive the treatment that is right for you. Our team evaluates all surgical options to ensure that we safely and carefully meet your needs.

Pre-admission testing

Our goal is to provide the best possible care before, during and after your surgery. Before you undergo your surgery, we will help you prepare for your procedure during a pre-admissions appointment. This appointment typically takes place within seven days before your surgery. You will need to bring your insurance card, picture identification and a list of your medications, dosages, over-the-counter medications, herbals and supplements.

During your appointment, a nurse will:

  • Document your medical history.
  • Complete required pre-admission tests, such as labs or an EKG.
  • Provide education and instructions for the day of surgery.

You or your physician’s office can schedule your appointment by calling (303) 839-6139. Make sure your appointment is set at least seven days before your surgical procedure.

Hybrid operating room

We are constantly improving our facilities and capabilities not only to benefit the patients who rely on us for their care, but to also provide physicians and surgeons who operate at our facility with the latest tools and technology. One example of this is our hybrid operating room (OR)— ours is the largest in the state and is the only hybrid OR with the ability to accommodate both adult and pediatric patients.

Our hybrid OR’s capabilities

Equipped with the most advanced technology available, our hybrid OR’s capabilities reduce patient visits, admission time and infection risk, allowing physicians and surgical teams to work simultaneously to provide their patients with top notch care.

The hybrid operating room possesses all amenities available in typical ORs, in addition to a full endovascular suite. This allows us to combine open procedures and endovascular capabilities together to offer patients a full range of services in one room.

Our X-ray system is the latest on the market and provides 3D advanced measurement software. Our hybrid OR has the technology to capture exceptional imaging with less radiation exposure to our patients than conventional methods.

We also have AV integration technology incorporated throughout the OR that features a built-in video camera in the surgical light. This allows us to live stream any procedure to any location in the country to be used for consultation or educational purposes.

Flexibility and collaboration between surgical teams

Surgical teams perform best when they have every resource available to them to treat their patients. Our hybrid OR has all of the necessary tools and technologies to personalize every procedure for our patients and surgeons.

The hybrid OR allows multiple teams with separate specialties to work together, performing multiple procedures at one time with the support of the most advanced technology available. Complex procedures that once required multiple disciplines operating independently of each other, costing patients money and recovery time, can now be done simultaneously and more effectively.

For more information about our hybrid operating room, or to learn about the hybrid OR procedures, please call Kami Dinkel, Director of Cardiac, Vascular and Outpatient Services at (720) 754-4467.

Minimally-invasive surgery

Minimally-invasive surgery refers to an operation that can be completed with a fewer and smaller incisions than traditional surgery, which allows the patient to heal faster. While considered a safer and less risky alternative to open surgery, some minimally-invasive surgeries, such as abdominal procedures, do require general anesthesia. However, since we use local anesthesia and small incisions, less general anesthesia is required.

Types of minimally-invasive surgeries

There are two types of minimally-invasive surgical procedures:

  • Endoscopic—usually refers to microscopes that look at the inside of the stomach and colon. The magnified high definition images enable surgeons to make very precise movements during this delicate This surgery is usually done with sedation. 
  • Laparoscopic—generally involves a microscope that is placed through a small incision into the abdomen.

Minimally-invasive surgeries we perform

  • Laparoscopic nissen and nissen fundoplications
  • Laparoscopic colectomy
  • Laparoscopic splenectomy
  • Laparoscopic and preperitoneal hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic common bile duct exploration 
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy
  • Thoracoscopic pleurodesis 
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Breast surgery
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Complex abdominal wall hernia repairs

Common surgeries we perform

Amputation surgery

The team of surgeons with the mangled extremity program at the Institute for Limb Preservation® assesses the injury, including bone, soft tissue, arteries and veins, and nerves. If the team decides that the surgical options to reconstruct the damaged tissues will not provide a person with a functional extremity then amputation is discussed with the patient and their family.

For more information about our amputation surgical services, please call the Institute for Limb Preservation® at (303) 832-5462.