General and Digestive Surgery

At the General and Digestive Surgery Department we provide care for patients who need surgical treatment. The professional team is divided into subspecialties, which means our professionals have a high degree of knowledge in various specific areas. This high level of specialisation, together with our research, is key to offering the best service and maintaining our place as leaders, both in Spain and in Europe, in the treatment of various diseases.

The General and Digestive Surgery service has the accreditation
Authorship: Vall d'Hebron
Creation date: 17.12.2021, 10:03
Modification date: 25.02.2020, 13:14
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General and Digestive System Surgery

The core of this teaching unit is provided by the General and Digestive Surgery Department, with participation from Anaesthesia, Radiodiagnosis, Thoracic Surgery and Vascular Surgery.

Accredited places

4

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Training itinerary for General Surgery and Digestive System

Why specialise at Vall d’Hebron?

  • Because we are a tertiary hospital with outstanding departments. The number of patients who pass through the centre offers great potential for learning and gaining experience.
  • Because we cover most specialisations and you will have the opportunity to see complex conditions and to use cutting-edge diagnostic techniques and treatments.
  • Because our training programme can adapt to the initiative and vocation of each resident, with more emphasis on patient-contact or research according to their needs.

Urology

The Urology Teaching Unit is led by the Vall d’Hebron Urology Department, with participation from other specialisations such as General Surgery, Nephrology, Intensive Care Medicine, and Paediatric Urology.

Accredited places

2

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Research groups

Urology training itinerary

Urology deals with the study, diagnosis and treatment of medical-surgical conditions associated with the urinary and retroperitoneal system of both sexes. It also includes the male reproductive system of any age group, that may have congenital, metabolic, obstructive or oncological disorders, or injuries due to trauma.

Why specialise at Vall d’Hebron?

  • Because we are a tertiary hospital with outstanding departments. The number of patients who pass through the centre offers great potential for learning and gaining experience.
  • Because we cover most specialisations and you will have the opportunity to see complex conditions and to use cutting-edge diagnostic techniques and treatments.
  • Because our training programme can adapt to the initiative and vocation of each resident, with more emphasis on patient-contact or research according to their needs.

Surgical Block

In 10,000 square metres there are 19 operating theatres designed to carry out highly complex operations. Operational since late 2016, this project forms part of our strategy to progressively adapt our spaces.

For patients, this technology means less aggressive surgery can be conducted, facilitating postoperative care and shortening the length of time for which they are hospitalised.

Project description

The Surgical Block, opened in September 2016, represents a technological and quality breakthrough for both patients, focusing on reducing surgery and postoperative care times and for professionals, incorporating new surgical techniques and making their work more precise. In addition, the Surgical Block has a clear orientation towards sustainability and energy efficiency. The new facilities, the leading technology and the change of management through processes allow new surgical techniques to be carried out, improving patient security and the work of professionals.

Operating theatres incorporate neurosurgery navigation systems, 3D imaging systems, integrated ultrasound and the new Da Vinci Xi robot. With this incorporation, Vall d'Hebron University Hospital is the first in Spain to have two operating theatres equipped with Da Vinci® robotic technology for clinical use. In addition, it has two hybrid operating theatres. They incorporate X-ray surgical arches to be able to see surgery results directly, designed for vascular surgery and neurosurgery.

The design of operating rooms is optimised in space and time. Among other improvements, we can configure the operating room according to the type of surgery. In just a few seconds, it adjusts to the predetermined position. All the necessary devices and connection points hang from the ceiling through an electronic tower system, making the space more accessible and easier to prepare for the next operation. At the same time, it allows for a more sustainable energy management.

The General Hospital Surgical Block has a total of 700 professionals, with the aim of maintaining and improving the figure of almost 8,000 operations a year in this field alone.

To help achieve these goals, professionals have seen a series of improvements in work processes thanks to these new facilities and the incorporation of technology. For example, to facilitate the distribution of material, we use a 1,000 m2 robotic system which distributes all the material needed for each operation.

Aside from operating rooms, the Block includes two rooms for patient care before and after undergoing surgery. The Pre- and Post-Anaesthetic Recovery Unit (URPA) aims to optimise the use of the operating theatre, since previously patients would go to sleep and wake up in the operating room. In addition, anaesthesia and nursing staff work in the URPA, and the Unit is clearly orientated to better and safer patient care.

The new General Hospital Surgical Block, as well as its organisational management, has been developed with the participation of a multidisciplinary team made up of professionals from all fields. It is an example of participation and teamwork, in which voices have been collected to develop healthcare projects focused on innovation and the improvement of clinical management. This project required an investment of €21 million in construction and €16 million more in equipment.

General surgery

David Usó Bou

General and Digestive Surgery, General Hospital

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