Transplants in adults

Activity at Hospital Vall d’Hebron began in 1976 with an adult kidney transplant. We are one of the most active centres in organ and tissue transplants and participate in nine of the ten adult and paediatric solid organ transplant programmes in Spain.

The joint work of the whole team and agreed decision-making are key in each case. The weekly clinical sessions discuss possible transplant candidates and make decisions about the most appropriate treatments for each person.

Child and adult transplant teams are coordinated to ease the transition and integration of paediatric patients to adulthood.

At Vall d’Hebron, the first liver transplant in adults was carried out in 1988, three years later than the first liver transplanted in a child. In 1990, the first lung transplant was carried out in the hospital for adults in Spain. However, it was not until 1998 that the first lung could be transplanted in paediatric patients.

Adult transplant programmes

Hospital Vall d’Hebron is an authorised centre for kidney, liver, cardiac and intestinal transplants. It is also the only centre in Catalonia to carry out lung transplants.

Trasplantament Cardíac

Heart transplant

Cardiac transplantation is the implantation of a new heart when the patient suffers from heart failure that limits daily activity.

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Trasplantament Pulmonar

Lung transplant

Pulmonary transplantation consists of replacing one or two lungs when there is a disease that causes severe and progressive chronic respiratory failure.

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Trasplantament Renal

Kidney transplant

Renal transplantation is the best treatment of chronic kidney failure and is performed in patients who should receive hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.

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Trasplantament progenitors hematopoetics

Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant

Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation consists of fully regenerating body blood cells that have been eliminated by the patient's administration of drugs or ionizing radiations.

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Trasplantament Còrnia

Corneal transplantation

A cornea transplant consists of changing this part of the affected eye and can help restore the eye, reduce pain and improve the appearance of a cornea.

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Catalan Transplant Organisation

OCATT [Organització Catalana de Transplantament] is the organisation responsible for planning, organising and coordinating activities related to the extraction, preservation, distribution, transplant and exchange of organs and tissues for therapeutic purposes in Catalonia.

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