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Specialist medical treatments in Barcelona

Specialist medical treatments in Barcelona

Innovation and pioneering techniques at these clinics

Barcelona is a city that's on the forefront of medical innovation. Every week there are press releases from the clinical research centres and university boasting new frontiers in the field. It's no wonder then that there are specific specialist medical centres in and around the city that attract visitors from all over the world. They include neurological rehabilitation, nephrology, otology, and many more. Here is a list of these clinics in Barcelona.

Guttman Institute - Rehabilitation after neurological, spinal, and nerve injuries

Guttman Institute - Innovative treatments for neural and spinal rehabilitation
Innovative treatments at the Guttman Institute in Badalona, Barcelona.

This hospital is named after Ludwig Guttman, and was opened by Guillermo González Gilbey who had an accident and became tetraplegic. The treatments in Spain were not sufficient at the time and after being treated by and studying under Guttman, he brought those techniques back with him to Barcelona. Under their medical director - Miguel Sarrias Domingo - the centre has become one of the best in the world and now helps to save lives and helps people with physical disabilities to live as normal as possible using the latest in medical technology. Currently they are located in Badalona, but this year for their 50th anniversary they are planning to re-open a clinic on the original site inside Barcelona in the Sagrera neighbourhood.

The centre is accredited by the Joint Commision Institute - a US company that recognizes quality hospitals like the world famous Mayo Clinic. It has innovated in various ways and was among the first in the world to implant Sacral Anterior Root Stimulation devices using the "Barcelona Technique" to treat people with spinal cord lesions who struggle to empty their bladders.

One of the institutes most vanguard procedures is its use of "non-invasive brain stimulation" to treat people who suffer from neuropathic pain. It mixes external brain stimulation and virtual reality to help patients with spinal injuries.

The centre has staff who speak English, Spanish, Catalan, Russian, and Arabic. The specialities include (and are not limited to):

  • Infantile Cerebral Palsy
  • Parkinsons Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Medular Lesion
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Post Polio Syndrome
  • Dysmelia
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Address: Camí Can Ruti, s/n, Badalona, Barcelona
  • How to get there: Option 1 - Catch Metro Line 2 and exit at Badalona Pompeu Fabra, from here catch the B6 bus to the centre. Option 2 - Catch the FGC train R2N line from Sants and exit at Montcada I Reix, from here take the B12 to the centre.
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Fundacio Puigvert - Urology, male fertility, and nephrology

Fundacio Puigviert medical team and Da Vinci robot
The Da Vinci robot, Fundacio Puigvert Medics, and views of Hospital Sant Pau

One of the most specialized medical centres in Barcelona is Fundacio Puigvert, which is dedicated to treated problems related to the urinary tract, kidney, and male genital system. They are always on top of the latest medical innovations and were among the first to use external lithotripsy and most recently the first in Spain to carry out robotic surgery with the sophisticated Da Vinci robot. They were also the first centre in the world to carry out a transplant using their favoured technique called laparoscopy - also known as keyhole surgery - as it is minimally invasive. Imagine; the day when a transplant is carried out as a minimally invasive procedure is already here because of centres like Fundacio Puigvert. It's also right on the same complex as Hospital Sant Pau, a beautiful modernist hospital that is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The centre has staff who speak English, Spanish, Catalan, and French. Within the three specializations - urology, nephrology, and andrology - their procedures include (and are not limited to):

  • Urology
    • Lithiasis of the urinary tract (stones / calcium deposits)
    • Tumours
    • Non-tumour discorders e.g. Stenosis, fistulae, urinary tuberculosis, injury and trauma.
    • Incontinence and irritation of the urinary tract
    • Pediatric urinal diseases and enuresis (bed-wetting)
    • Check-ups
  • Nephrology
    • Renal diagnosis and treatment
    • Renal transplants
    • Check-ups
  • Andrology
    • Genital disorders - curvature correction, testicular ectopia (displacement), testicular prosthesis, ejaculation dysfunction.
    • Male contraceptive surgical procedures - Vasectomy or Recanalisation to reverse a vasectomy
    • Impotenence diagnosis and treatment using ultrasound, psychological tests, penile prostheses, and more.
    • Assisted reproduction - IVF, microinjections, and more
    • Male and female sexual dysfunction
  • Address: Carrer de Cartagena, 340-350, 08025, Barcelona
  • How to get there: Metro - Line 5 (Hospital de Sant Pau – Dos de Maig), Buses 10, 15, 19, 20, 35, 45, 47, 50, 51, 92, 117, and 192
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Instituto de Otologia García-Ibanez - Otology

World class otology treatment at Institut Garcia Ibanez
Institut Garcia Ibanez - One of the leading Otology centres in the world

One of the places that modern otology as we know it was first pioneered is the Garcia-Ibanez Institute of Otology. The centre has contributed much to the field. Their first achievement was in 1946 with the first operation on a deaf patient. Even today they created their own HA Middle Ear Implant called "Marpla" (Garcia-ibanez Notched Universal Prosthesis), that's used around the world for people with mild to severe sensorineural, conductive, and mixed hearing losses.

For over 40 years, Emilio García-ibáñez Ferrándiz has performed over 25,000 procedures, especially in otoneurology and microsurgery.

The centre has staff who speak English, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, and French. The procedures include (and are not limited to):

  • Otological Laser Microsurgery - Otosclerosis, chronic ear infection, middle ear disorders
  • Auditory implants - Cochlear, middle ear, brainstem, and Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA)
  • Otoneurology - Tinnitus, vertigo, acoustic neurinoma, and facial nerve disorders
  • Sinonasal disorders
  • Otological Endoscopies
  • Radiofrequency
  • Facial plastic surgery
  • Facial nerve rehabilitation
  • Laryngostroboscopy

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