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 syndrome is one of the most frequently treated gastrointestinal disorders in gastroenterology. It is characterized by chronic abdominal pain accompanied by changes in bowel movements in the form of diarrhoea or constipation. It is common in young women and can have a significant impact on the patient’s personal life, health, and economic and social welfare.
Scientific evidence from recent years suggests there are many different factors involved in developing this disease:
It is currently considered to be a disorder caused by an imbalance in the gut-brain-microbe axis This imbalance negatively affects the functioning of the intestinal barrier and activates the digestive system’s immune and nervous system. This creates visceral hypersensitivity and motor disturbances.
The most common symptoms are:
It is classified according to consistency:
It affects 7.8% of the population in Spain and twice the number of women compared to men: 1. IBS is the reason for 10-15 % of primary care appointments and 25-30 % of gastroenterology consultations. Over 50 % of patients are affected by other pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, headache or pelvic pain, and also by other gastrointestinal disorders such as dyspepsia or by anxiety disorders and depression.
IBS is diagnosed by fulfilling a set of clinical criteria based on symptoms and on the exclusion of other organic causes that may act in a similar way.
Diagnostic criteria known as the Rome IV criteria have been established by medical consensus by committees of experts. The following are required for diagnosis:
When determining treatment, it is important patients understand the chronic and fluctuating nature of the disease. To draw up an appropriate treatment plan, the doctor must identify the dietary and psychic-social causes of the illness.
Specific treatments are beginning to be introduced for IBS, such as linaclotide, eluxadoline and lubiprostone, but not all are available in Spain. There are also many treatments designed to control symptoms, such as anti-spasmodic drugs, laxatives and anti-diarrhoeals.
General and Digestive Surgery
Paediatric Oncological Surgery Unit
Anaesthesia, Resuscitation and Pain Management
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery and Transplants
Endocrinology and Nutrition
Echocardiogram and cardiac imaging unit
Hereditary Angioedema Unit
Angiology, Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Surgery
Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplants
Diagnostic and Interventional Haemodynamics
Coronary care unit
Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
Congenital Heart Disease in Adolescents and Adults
Aortic pathology and Marfan syndrome
Inherited Heart Disease
Haematology and Haemotherapy
Corneal and Ocular Surface Section
Abdominal wall surgery
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Uveitis and Eye Inflammation
Strokes and Cerebral Haemodynamics
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Endocrine, Metabolic, and Bariatric Surgery
Intensive care medicine
Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery
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