We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
Acute spinal cord injuries, both in adults and children, are a complex and significant health problem that negatively affects the patient in terms of morbidity and mortality, but that also has an impact on their personal environment.
The main symptoms are those derived from motor paralysis and lack of feeling below the area of the injury, and also and above all, effects on the autonomic nervous system which produce: changes to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, to the urinary tract including changes to the capacity to store and evacuate urine, to the digestive system causing severe constipation, incontinence and faecal impaction, as well as changes to sexual function.
Treatment is integrated rehabilitation aimed at early intervention once the acute spinal cord injury has occurred in order to prevent complications and achieve the greatest functional independence possible in all physical, emotional and social aspects. Re-establish self-esteem by maximising the remaining abilities; encouraging the best social reintegration possible (active, independent and satisfying); and informing and advising the family to help them understand and manage the disability.
When it comes to young people, prevention of complex spinal cord injuries is focused on avoiding risky activities: reckless driving or driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, diving into shallow water and dangerous sports such as climbing, MTB or skiing. In the case of adults, especially the elderly, it centres on eliminating risks to prevent falling such as carpets or heights, by using walking sticks and controlling medication to avoid orthostatic hypertension which can cause falls.
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