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Neonatal and Foetal Surgery

Cirurgía neonatal i fetal a Vall d'Hebrín

The Neonatal and Foetal Surgery Programme is a part of the Paediatric Surgery Department. The joint work of this Department alongside the Neonatology and Obstetrics Departments has made it possible to put in place the Foetal Medicine Programme, which stands out for its extensive experience and the excellent results it achieves in treating the most complex surgical pathologies, including the management of long gap oesophageal atresia, gastroschisis, necrotising enterocolitis, diaphragmatic hernia and spina bifida.


Our Foetal Surgery Programme was created in 2012, and we offer all therapy possibilities to treat foetal malformations. Among others, we treat diaphragmatic, pulmonary and neck hernias (sacrococcygeal), urinary obstructions, cervical tumours and tumours in the middle of the thorax (mediastinal), disorders between twins, amniotic bands (deformities to a part of the baby due to compression in the womb of the mother), and also spina bifida, which is when the spinal column of the foetus does not close properly during the first month of pregnancy.

Vall d'Hebron Hospital has extensive clinical experience in the intrauterine treatment of congenital diaphragmatic hernias, amniotic bands, spina bifida, as well as in other foetal surgical procedures (cervical tumours, congenital lung malformations, etc.). We are a reference centre in foetal surgery techniques, both in Spain and abroad.


Portfolio of services

  • Exeresis of sacrococcygeal teratoma
  • Repair of gastroschisis (primary closure, Schuster technique)
  • Repair of paralysis and diaphragmatic eventration
  • Repair of intestinal perforations (abdominal drainage, laparotomy)
  • Repair of diaphragmatic agenesis (synthetic membranes)
  • Repair of oesophagus atresia (any type)
  • Repair of atresia and stenosis of the digestive tract
  • Repair of acquired intestinal stenosis
  • Repair of inguinal hernia in babies
  • Repair of omphalocele and cord hernia (primary closure and Schuster technique)
  • Repair of annular pancreas
  • Repair of intestinal rotation defects
  • Endoscopic laser repair of congenital and acquired tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Postnatal repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Surgical repair of congenital and acquired tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Oesophageal elongation techniques to repair long gap atresia
  • Treatment for intrauterine and postnatal testicular torsion
  • Treatment for necrotising enterocolitis (enterostomies, enteroanastomosis, abdominal zipper)
  • Surgical treatment for meconial peritonitis
  • Surgical treatment of intestinal cystic fibrosis complications
  • Surgical treatment for spina bifida
  • Surgical treatment in the foetus: congenital diaphragmatic hernia, spina bifida, amniotic bands, oral and cervical tumours, EXIT technique, pulmonary malformations, hydrops, urethral valves.
  • Tracheostomy
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Dra. M. Elena
Carreras Moratonas
Head of Department
Lead Researcher
Maternal and Foetal Medicine
Dr. Félix
Castillo Salinas
Head of Department
Growth and Development
Dr. Cèsar W.
Ruiz Campillo
Head of Section
Sra. Marta
Reche Morros
Nursing Supervisor
Dr. Francisco Javier
Bueno Recio
Head of Section
Paediatric Surgery
Dra. Silvia
Arévalo Martínez
Head of Section
Sra. Mª Del Pilar
Gutiérrez Barceló
Nursing Supervisor
Dr. Julio
Herrero García
Head of Section
Dr. Manel
Maternal and Foetal Medicine
Dr. Héctor
Boix Alonso
Clinical Nanomedicine and Advanced Therapies Research Centre. Bioengineering, Cell Therapy and Surgery in Congenital Anomalies
Dr. Melchor
Carbonell Socias
Dra. Maria
Goya Canino
Lead Researcher
Maternal and Foetal Medicine
Dr. Pablo
García Manau
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