Paediatric Digestive Surgery and Transplants
The Digestive Surgery and Transplant Department depends on the Paediatric Surgery Department and has pursued lines of work in the treatment of Hirschsprung's disease, anorectal malformations and treatment of short gut syndrome, and, in this last field, it is one of the most experienced centres in Spain in the "step" technique, among others.
Our Department stands out for our use of endoscopic and laparoscopic techniques, including robotic techniques, and for our treatment of complex hepatobiliary pathologies, with excellent results in the obstruction of bile ducts, hepatic resections and the surgical treatment of portal hypertension with all kinds of shunt techniques, including "Rex shunts". The Unit is also a leader within Spain for the treatment of congenital portocaval shunts.
The Cabinet of Digestive Physiology is a leading name in the study of gastroesophageal reflux (pH-metrics and bioimpedimetry) and anorectal manometry.
Portfolio of services
- Achalasia and endoscopic or surgical treatment
- Portal hypertension surgery (Warren shunt, Rex shunt, mesenteric-caval shunt)
- Surgery for adolescent morbid obesity, intragastric balloons, laparoscopic surgery and robotics
- Surgery for gastroesophageal reflux, open and laparoscopic technique
- Proctological surgery
- Cholecystectomy, open and laparoscopic technique
- Congenital or acquired stenosis of the oesophagus, endoscopic or surgical treatment
- Hirschsprung's disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Anorectal malformations
- Congenital and acquired pathology of the biliary tract: biliary laryngeal obstruction, bile duct cysts, common biliopancreatic canal
- Surgical pathology of the pancreas. Tumours, pancreatic cysts, hyperinsulinism, chronic pancreatitis
- Techniques of intestinal elongation for short gut syndrome
- Techniques of oesophageal replacement
- Digestive physiology exploratory techniques: oesophageal and anorectal manometry, pH-metrics, rectal biopsy for suction
- Treatment of congenital and acquired anomalies of the small intestine and colon
- Liver transplant (whole/reduced organ, etc.)
- Liver transplant from a living donor
- Hepatointestinal transplant
- Isolated intestinal transplant
- Multivisceral intestinal transplant
- Hepatocyte transplant
The head of the Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery and Transplant Department at Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, Dr. Ramon Charco, explains the evolution of a Department that successfully treats both adults and children.
Dr. Josep Sánchez de Toledo Codina, head of the Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Department, tells us about a Department that has laid the foundations for the specialism in Spain. He also remembers the evolution of transplants from haematopoietic stem cells and progenitors, from the beginning, buying the material at a shop in Barcelona city centre, to the more than 1,200 transplants that have now been performed.
Dr. Francesc Bosch, Head of the Haematology Department, talks about the complexity of the Department, which has turned Vall d’Hebron into a reference centre in haematology thanks to its commitment to transplants and the use of new treatments. The Clinical Trials Unit helps a lot, giving access to treatments for complex patients.
The Master's Degree in Biomedical and Translational Research is an official programme created to train researchers with the requisite combination of scientific knowledge and skills to contribute to the future success of biomedical research.
Fermín Fernández Álvarez, Porter Coordinator, explains the importance of the role these professionals play in the hospital. After 36 years at Vall d’Hebron, Fermín is a real master of the ways things are done. He says that a porter has to combine humility, discretion and safety with a single goal: that patients receive human and friendly treatment.
The constant search for excellence is part of Hospital Vall d’Hebron’s nature. The biggest hospital in Catalonia and the leader in many fields, headed since February 2015 by Dr. Vicenç Martínez Ibáñez, who has a close personal and professional relationship with the Hospital. Dr. Martínez Ibáñez says that if Vall d’Hebron did not exist, it would need to be invented. The current director trained at the hospital, where he was one of the protagonists of an historic moment: the first paediatric liver transplant in Spain. Now, he is committed to continuing this legacy and, always putting the patient first, achieving excellence across all staff.
The Neonatology Department’s Sibling Project is a workshop for the siblings of new-born babies admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in the Vall d’Hebron Maternity and Children's Hospital. Through simulated games and situations, the project prepares them to get used to seeing their younger siblings in a hospital medical setting.
Vall d’Hebron University Hospital’s kitchen serves more than 1,000 meals a day, twice a day, not counting breakfast. A reality that José Parrilla and Carmina Esteban know all too well.From three kitchens to one and from coal to gas. That is how the hospital’s catering service has evolved. A place where the needs of each patient must be taken into account and where there is room for small, juicy anecdotes.
The former head of the Thoracic Surgery Department, Dr. Mercè Canela, recently retired, recalls the important evolution of the Department to become a leader in Spain and a lung transplant pioneer. A task made possible thanks to collaboration with professionals from other departments, an added value in the personal and team environment.