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.
Constipation is a disorder of the bowel habits characterised by emptying the bowels less often or hard stools that are difficult to expel. It affects women more than men, and in most cases there is pain or abdominal discomfort. This condition has very important repercussions on the patient’s personal life, health and social life.
In most cases, the cause of constipation is unknown, with no organic or anatomical injury to explain it, and is defined as functional or primary constipation. In other cases, constipation is the result of certain illnesses or medications, known as secondary constipation.
There are several variants within primary constipation:
Secondary constipation due to taking certain medication, above all opioids for pain, and due to neurological, metabolic, or infectious diseases (Chagas) or cancer, amongst others.
The most frequent symptom is difficulty evacuating the bowels.
If there is an alteration in rectal evacuation, symptoms may be:
This is a very common condition in adults and children and affects 10-30% of the world population. 69% of patients say that it affects their performance at work or school, and 40% of patients with constipation have consulted a doctor at some time for this reason. In Spain, between 2005 and 2006, twenty-three million units of laxatives where prescribed in a year.
In general, there are no routine tests on patients with chronic constipation as long as there are no causes for concern such as fever, weight loss or rectal bleeding. On the other hand, if constipation has started recently with no apparent cause, or does not respond well to treatment, it must be investigated via different tests such as:
Constipation must be treated in a personalized way and the causes of it starting or worsening must be analysed. Dietary and hygiene habits and any medication being taken must also be looked into.
The lack of response to this treatment should be assessed by specialists.
There are several ways to prevent constipation:
Anaesthesia, Resuscitation and Pain Management
General and Digestive Surgery
Endocrine, Metabolic, and Bariatric Surgery
Congenital Heart Disease in Adolescents and Adults
Uveitis and Eye Inflammation
Angiology, Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Surgery
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery and Transplants
Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery
Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplants
Endocrinology and Nutrition
Paediatric Oncological Surgery Unit
Diagnostic and Interventional Haemodynamics
Echocardiogram and cardiac imaging unit
Hereditary Angioedema Unit
Physics and Radiation Protection
Intensive care medicine
Coronary care unit
Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit
Strokes and Cerebral Haemodynamics
Haematology and Haemotherapy
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
Aortic pathology and Marfan syndrome
Abdominal wall surgery
Clinical and molecular genetics
Corneal and Ocular Surface Section
Inherited Heart Disease
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Tobacco cessation (quitting smoking)
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