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.
The concept of resistant osteoarticular infections encompasses all procedures on patients with infections that have not responded to previous medical and surgical treatment. These procedures may be changing prostheses or treatment for chronic osteomyelitis or septic pseudoarthrosis among others. The Musculoskeletal System Septic Pathology Unit also treats many of these patients from the start due to the complexity of their condition.
The different types of resistant osteoarticular infections treated in the unit are:
Osteomyelitis/osteitis of haematogenous origin and which are resistant to medical and surgical treatment:
Chronic osteomyelitis or septic pseudoarthrosis derived from trauma or surgical interventions. Those resulting from open fractures, typically in the tibia, are often accompanied by loss of bone or the cutaneous covering. Exact incidence rates are not known, but the more exposed the bone has been, the higher the chances of chronic infection.
Periprosthetic infections. This type of infection occurs in 1-3% of primary arthroplasty procedures. In some cases, the only obvious symptom may be pain. The presence of a fistula or the isolation of a pathogen microorganism in different samples is used to confirm diagnosis. The most common treatment is to change the prosthesis in two separate procedures.
Severe treatment-resistant diseases of the soft tissue (necrotizing fasciitis, gangrene). These are extremely unusual lesions and when do they appear they are often fatal. Excessive localized pain may be the only initial symptom, making it very difficult to diagnose at this stage. When diagnosed, aggressive treatment with antibiotics and surgical debridement can have an impact on survival and the need for amputation.
Patient-related factors (control of additional diseases or disorders) are very important in the prevention of osteoarticular infection, as are those related to surgery (antibiotic prophylaxis), the presence of implants, and tissue condition (bone and cutaneous covering) amongst others.
This type of infection requires a multidisciplinary team as treatment is very complex.
Traumatology Intensive Care
Endocrinology and Nutrition
Clinical and molecular genetics
Corneal and Ocular Surface Section
Inherited Heart Disease
Strokes and Cerebral Haemodynamics
Diagnostic and Interventional Haemodynamics
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Tobacco cessation (quitting smoking)
Bone Metabolism Unit
Physics and Radiation Protection
Congenital Heart Disease in Adolescents and Adults
Uveitis and Eye Inflammation
Inflammation and Autoimmunity Unit
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Haematology and Haemotherapy
Spinal Cord Injuries
Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery
Paediatric Rheumatology Unit
Anaesthesia, Resuscitation and Pain Management
General and Digestive Surgery
Abdominal wall surgery
Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Emergency Care
Paediatric Oncological Surgery Unit
Musculoskeletal Techniques and Ultrasound Unit
Angiology, Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Surgery
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery and Transplants
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Echocardiogram and cardiac imaging unit
Hereditary Angioedema Unit
Plastic Surgery and Burns
Endocrine, Metabolic, and Bariatric Surgery
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
Intensive care medicine
Coronary care unit
Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit
Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplants
Aortic pathology and Marfan syndrome
Facilities and Technology Management,
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