OI Ljubljana

Division of Surgery

Head of the Division of Surgery
Assistant Professor Gašper Pilko, MD, PhD
E: gpilko@onko-i.si

Division of Surgery consists of three departments: Department of Surgical Oncology, Department of Gynecological Oncology and Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy.

Fields of work

The Department of Surgical Oncology treats patients with breast cancer, melanoma, colorectal cancer, liver metastases, sarcoma, thyroid cancer, and parathyroid diseases. They annually perform more than 3,400 major and more than 1,000 small surgical procedures. Operative procedures are performed in a classical, minimally invasive way, and procedures in the abdominal cavity are performed with the open or laparoscopic approach. They perform prevention activities, gene counselling, early cancer treatment, treatment of locoregionally advanced cancer and metastatic diseases, symptomatic treatment, and palliative treatment. They monitor patients and treat surgical complications of radiotherapy and systemic treatments.

The Department of Gynaecological Oncology annually performs more than 320 major surgical procedures on patients with genital cancer. The majority of procedures are performed laparoscopically.

The Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy provides anaesthesia to patients undergoing surgery and gynaecology patients. Anaesthesiologists perform reanimations of patients and, in the intensive care unit, treat patients with life-threatening complications. Members of the Unit for Pain Treatment take care of patients with severe pain and performs acupuncture.

Key professional and technological achievements

Numerous novelties are constantly being introduced in patient diagnostics and treatment, as is the case with top foreign centres. In recent years, surgical treatment is often individualised as part of personalised medicine that is adjusted to individual patients and their tumour characteristics. If possible, the operative procedure is performed with a single-day hospital stay, but new complex and painful surgical procedures (e.g. breast reconstruction, peritonectomy with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, isolated limb perfusion, etc.) require a longer hospitalisation.



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