These are just some of the major milestones achieved in medicine thanks to the professionals and medical and research centres of Catalonia:
The world’s first complete kidney transplant through the vagina.
The commissioning for the first time in Spain of intraoperatory radiotherapy for breast cancer, in 2014.
Pioneers in the use of low-invasive techniques in gastrointestinal surgery and metabolic diseases, robotic surgery and NOTES surgery.
Implementation for the first time in Europe of an Argus II vision chip to a deaf and blind patient with Usher’s syndrome, in 2015.
The first TOS intervention using the SuperPath technique, with minimally invasive surgery with a microposterior approach, in 2012.
Foetal surgery at 21 weeks to save the life of a child with congenital upper respiratory obstruction syndrome.
Fitting for the first time in Spain of a neurostimulador in a patient with Parkinson’s disease.
Exclusive leaders in heart surgery without blood, the Ross procedure, new prostheses without aortic stitches (sutureless) and ultra-fast track recovery (extubation in the operating theatre).
The first implant in Spain of the Argus II device in a patient afflicted with retinitis pigmentosa, in 2014.
The birth of the first child born from vitrification of oocytes in a case of preserving fertility due to ovarian cancer, in 2012.
The first paediatric heart surgery on a child afflicted by left hypoplastic complex cardiopathy heart syndrome by an operation using the Norwood procedure in the neonatal stage, in 2012.
Barcelona hosts the only European centre which administers a medication that is showing very encouraging results for the treatment of high-risk neuroblastoma.