Hi, nuthinflat. Welcome to DC.
In my opinion, $3000 for a set of cookware is criminal. It's much much more than it's worth and not the best choice for cookware.
First of all, surgical stainless steel is a marketing term. 18/10 stainless steel is the accepted worldwide standard for stainless cookware.
Think about how you cook now and compare that to what you saw the demonstrator do? Are you prepared to change the way you cook just to get the most out of $3000 worth of cookware?
If SS cookware is what you want, look at All-Clad, Cuisinart, Calphalon, and LeGourmet Chef for quality at a small fraction of the price. Wharehouse stores such as Sam's Club and Costco also have store brand clad SS that are excellent.
For construction of the pans, look for tri-ply construction, sometimes called clad construction. That is two layers of SS with a layer of aluminum in between.
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan