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International Surgical Missions is a secular, non-profit, humanitarian aid organization of medical professionals based in Southern Colorado. We are a health outreach organization that organizes relief teams to provide medical aid, particularly surgeries, in poverty-stricken areas. 
International Surgical Missions typically takes 2 trips a year. These trips are to developing countries where the team provides surgical care to people who would otherwise be untreated.
Team Members
Skills we need
Services we perform

Team members generously volunteer their time and skills and typically also donate their share of expenses for the medical mission.


The Team Members we are looking for:

  • surgeons, surgical assistants

  • anesthesia providers

  • dentists

  • nurses

  • surgical scrub technicians

  • surgical residents 

  • medical students

  • additional support help

Examples of Surgeries that are typically performed:

  • hernia repairs

  • thyroid goiters

  • removal of gallbladders

  • cleft lip and palate repair

  • hysterectomies

  • and many others!

Medical Supplies
to do our jobs
  • Ace bandages

  • Anesthesia supplies (ambu bags, face masks, manual resuscitators, endotracheal tubes)

  • Books – Medical texts printed in last 5 years, No medical journals or magazines

  • Casting materials

  • Catheters (suction, foley, and urethral. No cardiac or balloon)

  • Dressings (gauze, bandages, Band-Aids, 4 x 4’s, etc.)

  • EKG supplies (electrodes, recording paper, leads, etc.)

  • Electrosurgical supplies (cautery pencils, patient plates, etc.)

  • Endotracheal and tracheal tubes

  • Gloves (OR and exam)

  • Gowns (OR and exam, disposables only)

  • Hospital beds – please call to verify need

  • IV supplies (catheter placement, butterflies, injection sites, extensions, no solutions)

  • No medicines

Medical Supplies
to do our jobs


  • Orthopedic supplies (braces, slings, supports)

  • Ostomy supplies

  • Over the bed tables

  • Patient care (wheelchairs, walkers, crutches)

  • Q-tip applicators and containers

  • Scalpels and blades

  • Scrub/prep (surgical scrub, iodine, brushes, sponges)

  • Stainless steel containers

  • Stainless steel items: mayo stands and carts, cabinets, and kick buckets

  • Surgery instruments

  • Surgical tape

  • Surgery towels and drapes (cloth only, no disposables)

  • Sutures and wound closure supplies

  • Syringes/needles

  • Tongue depressors and containers


We have been fortunate to work with many new volunteers over the years. We extend our gratitude to those who donated their time and expertise and we wish them the best.

Thank You

Being able to help those less fortunate occurs not only because of the dedication of the volunteers, but also because of the support of many others. 
These include Parkview Medical Center and many individuals who work on collecting donated supplies, work with other NGOs for donations and plan our medical missions.
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