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.
This is a heart condition affecting babies in which the two main arteries of the heart (the aorta and the pulmonary artery) originate in the right ventricle. This kind of disorder may be associated with other alterations such as ventricular septal defect (VSD) or pulmonary valve stenosis.
A ventricular septal defect (VSD - or interventricular communication) is a hole in the partition separating the two ventricles. Communication between them is necessary, as it allows oxygenated blood from the left chamber to pass to the aorta.
In the case of double outlet right ventricle (DORV), however, oxygenated and unoxygenated blood becomes mixed, meaning the oxygen level is lower than normal. Different corrective measures must be taken depending on the characteristics of the condition.
Besides this, some children may have pulmonary valve stenosis, which is when there is an obstruction in the blood flow to the lungs.
Double outlet right ventricle is diagnosed via echocardiogram. It is increasingly detected prenatally or when a baby has just been born. In some cases, imaging or catheterization techniques have to be undertaken to look at the DORV in detail to determine the most appropriate surgical procedure.
DORV and related damage is usually surgically repaired during the first six months of life. In this procedure, the left ventricle is connected to the aorta, and the septal defect is therefore closed off.
In babies without pulmonary stenosis, a band is also usually fitted around the pulmonary artery to reduce the excessive pulmonary blood flow.
A different procedure has to be carried out on babies with pulmonary stenosis. In this case, the valve has to be repaired with a patch enlargement, or in more serious cases, using a conduit. If stenosis is severe, it may be necessary to perform intermediary surgery to increase lung flow and reach an adequate level of oxygen in the blood before the final repair can be carried out.
Most patients need no further intervention during their lifetime, apart from children who have been given corrective surgery such as a conduit into the pulmonary artery. In this case further surgery will certainly be required. Despite this surgery, most children treated will be able to lead a normal life, although they will have to be monitored by a cardiologist.
Anatomy of the heart
Strokes and Cerebral Haemodynamics
Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplants
Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Diagnostic and Interventional Haemodynamics
Congenital Heart Disease in Adolescents and Adults
Intensive care medicine
Prenatal Diagnosis Unit
Social Obstetrics Unit
Paediatric Digestive Surgery and Transplants
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Corneal and Ocular Surface Section
Diabetes and Pregnancy Unit
Perinatal Mental Health Unit
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nutritional Support and Paediatric Hepatic Transplants
Endocrine, Metabolic, and Bariatric Surgery
Pneumology, allergology and cystic fibrosis
Inherited Heart Disease
Anaesthesia, Resuscitation and Pain Management
General and Digestive Surgery
Gynaecological Oncology and Pathology of the Lower Genital Tract
Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgery
Echocardiogram and cardiac imaging unit
Uveitis and Eye Inflammation
Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology
Angiology, Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Surgery
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery and Transplants
Haematology and Haemotherapy
Obstetric and Gynaecological Emergency Care
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
Coronary care unit
Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery
Prematurity Prevention Unit
Paediatric Maxillofacial Surgery
Abdominal wall surgery
Endocrinology and Nutrition
Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunodeficiencies Unit
Paediatric Oncology and Haematology
Paediatric Hospitalisation and Hospital Paediatrics Unit
Paediatric Oncological Surgery Unit
Foetal Medicine and Surgery Unit
Neonatal and Foetal Surgery
Paediatric Cardiac Surgery
Paediatric emergency care
Hereditary Angioedema Unit
Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine
Paediatric Intensive Care
Plastic Surgery and Burns
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Aortic pathology and Marfan syndrome
Obstetrics Ultrasound Unit
Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit
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