Plastic Surgery and Burns
At the Plastic Surgery and Burns Department, we treat diseases of the whole human anatomy and specialise in transplant techniques for the face and extremities, tissue regeneration and reparative microsurgery and more. Constantly striving for innovation, we are a pioneering Department internationally in total facial transplants and stem cell treatment of burn scars.
Constantly striving for innovation, the Plastic Surgery and Burns Department was a pioneering service internationally in total facial transplants and stem cell treatment of burn scars.
At the Plastic Surgery and Burns Department, we handle congenital or acquired diseases that affect soft tissue and bone, traumatisms and large burns, as well as specialising in face, limbs, grafts, treatment of tumours and significant deformities and regeneration of tissues and reparative microsurgery, and more.
We treat diseases that require the use of plastics and tissues in the form of flaps and biomaterials. For these treatments, we often use advanced wound healing, microsurgery and endoscopy techniques. We treat the whole body, but focus on the face, the skull and the neck, as well as the torso, in particular the mammary glands, and the extremities, especially the hands and the legs.
Our main objective is reparatory surgery. We specialise not only in techniques for transplants of the face and extremities, but also in biomaterials and tissue regenerators, adult stem cells and reparative microsurgery.
With over 50 years of history, Plastic Surgery and Burns Department is a leading centre in severe burns and a Spanish Reference Centre (CSUR) for complex reconstruction of the auricle, microtia, face and hand treatment and stem cells and major catastrophes. Tragedies such as the Hipercor terrorist attack and the fire at the Els Alfacs campsite are examples of this.
Plastic surgery is highly focused on hospital services and is a multidisciplinary specialty, characterised by constant innovation, the relationship with other specialties and the constant search for excellence. We were pioneers internationally in total facial transplants and in treatment with stem cells for burn scars.
Our Department is home to many functional units, and we participate in various multidisciplinary teams from other specialties; the Burns Unit, the Microtia and Facial Malformation Unit, the Breast Pathology Unit and the Face and Extremities Transplant Unit are all worthy of mention.
The Vall d’Hebron Plastic Surgery and Burns Department has not closed one single day of its almost 50-year history, Dr. Joan Pere Barret tells us with pride about a world pioneering department. The Department is able to offer patients any techniques that currently exist to treat their pathologies.
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.
Rosalia Moure arrived at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in 1967. She spent her entire working life in the linen and laundry department of the Hospital. Rosalia Moure has witnessed the Hospital’s big transformations, from dictatorship to democracy and from analogue to digital systems.
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.