TMC Iloilo achieves first Subdural Hemorrhage Embolization in the Philippines

ILOILO City – The Medical City (TMC) Iloilo achieved two milestones in just one day on June 14 as two firsts happened in the hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory – Philippines’ first Subdural Hemorrhage Embolization and Western Visayas’ first Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR). 

The country’s first Subdural Hemorrhage Embolization was performed by Dr. Victor Erwin Jocson, TMC Interventional Neuro-Radiologist.  It is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a material called embolic agents to block off blood through the blood vessels, thus, stopping the recurrent subdural bleeds in the brain. In this case, Onyx + sphericals embolic agents were used to manage the patient’s condition. 

TMC Interventional Neuro-Radiologist Dr. Victor Erwin Jocson during the country's first Subdural Hemorrhage Embolization done in The Medical City Iloilo's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

It is a medical breakthrough worth noting that breaks the belief that cases like this can only be done through surgical evacuation procedures. 

The Medical City Iloilo Cardiac Catherterization Team together with TMC Interventional Neuro-Radiologist Dr. Victor Erwin Jocson pose after the successful Subdural Hemorrhage Embolization procedure which is the first in the Philippines.

Performed by Dr. Rowena Ona, Interventional Cardiologist-Peripheral Vascular Intervention from TMC Ortigas together with TMC Iloilo Interventional Cardiologist Dr. James Catoto, and TMC Iloilo Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon Dr. Leo Malunes, the region’s first TEVAR procedure was done to manage a patient who had a thoracic aneurysm, a condition where the heart’s main artery, aorta, becomes significantly widened usually caused by high cholesterol or sudden injury. 

 TMC Interventional Cardiologist-Peripheral Vascular Intervention Dr. Rowena Ona take the lead in conducting Western Visayas' first Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR).

The Medical City Iloilo Cardiac Catherterization Team together with TMC Interventional Cardiologist-Peripheral Vascular Intervention Dr. Rowena Ona; TMC Iloilo Interventional Cardiologist Dr. James Catoto; and TMC Iloilo Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon Dr. Leo Malunes pose after the successful Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR) which is the first in Western Visayas.

Pushing boundaries through healthcare innovations

Being known as the trailblazer in healthcare in Western Visayas, TMC Iloilo brought a number of medical services which are mostly the first of their kind in the region. 

This is in line with TMC Iloilo’s commitment to bringing healthcare closer to the Ilonggos and its neighboring provinces. To note, TMC Iloilo houses the first Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in the region.

Now in its 11th year of operations, TMC Iloilo’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory has been instrumental in conducting not only heart procedures, but also other procedures that were only performed outside Western Visayas before. 

With these milestones, TMC President and CEO Dr. Eugene Ramos highlights the importance of having the right people who have the same vision as the rest of the organization. 

“TMC is here for the long haul, and that means investing not just in structures and processes, but in people. Ofcourse, we should savor and celebrate the highs of the moment but we should never lose sight of our role in shaping the future - our future, TMC enterprise’s Infinite Game,” he noted. 

On his part, TMC Iloilo Chief Executive Officer Dr. Felix Ray Villa envisions TMC Iloilo to still the lead in terms of healthcare innovations in the region. 

“The future is bright for TMC Iloilo as we plan for more programs and services that will definitely change the healthcare landscape not only of Iloilo, but also of the region as a whole. The milestones that just happened in our hospital only proves that TMC Iloilo never ceases to think of ways to make healthcare better in this part of the country,” Dr. Villa said.