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We treat all surgical pathologies with the most innovative techniques.

In the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital' Surgery Department we treat all surgical pathologies: malformations, infectious, inflammatory or oncological nature from the general, digestive, thoracic, urological, plastic and maxillofacial areas in children and adolescents. This care includes a wide range of procedures, from the simplest, which can be conducted as an outpatient, to the most complex.

The Hospital has an impressive antenatal diagnosis programme, making it possible to plan the most suitable treatment for different congenital pathologies, including fetal therapy intrapartum surgery and postnatal surgery.

In recent years, our Department has been prominent in the implementation and development of different procedures, particularly in minimally invasive surgery. The ultimate aim of these innovative techniques is to obtain the best clinical results, lower surgical aggression, swifter recovery, and the incorporation of patients and their families to normal activity.


Paediatric general surgery

We treat inguinogenital pathologies (inguinal hernia, cyptorchidism, phimosis); abdominal wall pathologies (umbilical hernia, epigastric hernia) and congenital cervicofacial cysts (thyroglossal cyst and dermoid cyst, branchial arch fistula).

It is not covered by public health

Digestive surgery

Minimally invasive approaches to digestive tract pathologies and other abdominal organs. Treatment of gastroesophageal reflux, hiatal hernia, Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, as well as Hirschsprung’s disease and anorectal malformation.

It is not covered by public health

Paediatric chest surgery

We use thoracoscopy to treat pulmonary malformations, thoracic deformities, palmar hyperhidrosis and arrythmias. We perform reconstructive surgery on oesophageal atresia, tracheoesophageal fistula and oesophageal replacement.

It is not covered by public health

Neonatal and Foetal surgery

We are experts in prenatal diagnosed surgical pathologies such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia, gastroschisis and omphalocele. In really serious cases we can carry out complex techniques such as foetal therapy and extracorporeal oxygenation (ECMO)

It is not covered by public health

Oncological surgery

We treat solid, thoracic and abdominal tumours: neuroblastoma, nephroblastoma, sarcomas, thyroid tumours, etc. We carry out many additional procedures (biopsies, fitting of Port-a-cath, apheresis catheters and drains).

It is not covered by public health


Minimally invasive treatment of congenital uropathies (vesicoureteral reflux, hydronephrosis), ureterohydronephrosis (refluxing and obstructing megaureter). We treat neurogenic bladders and bladder exstrophies, as well as hypospadias.

It is not covered by public health

Plastic surgery and maxillofacial surgery

We perform operations to treat cleft lip and palate, microtia, lipodystrophy, gynecomastia and Poland syndrome, among other malformations and pathologies. We perform orthognathic surgery, and mandibular and facial distraction.

It is not covered by public health

Areas of activity

operations per year
Endoscope-assisted surgery: over
laparoscopies, thoracoscopies, etc.
Out of all surgery performed,
on an outpatient basis

What makes our Surgery Service different?

  • Our Plastic Surgery Unit is recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Health as a leading department on a national level (CSUR accreditation) in the reconstructive treatment of the pinna (microtia).
  • We are a leader in Spain and internationally in Paediatric minimally-invasive Surgery (MIS), mainly in laparoscopy and thoracoscopy.
  • We do this not only to achieve technical excellence but also to keep the process of surgery from being a traumatic experience for patients and their family members. Our professionals make every effort to establish and maintain good relationships with patients and ensure that they have the support of professionals such as our child-life specialists (nurse and psychologist) and of the Hospital Clowns, known as the Pallapupas.
  • When possible, we let the parents accompany the child during induction of anaesthesia.

Complex surgeries in the intelligent surgical block

During 2021, a total of 5,737 interventions were carried out in the Central Surgical Block, a third of the total surgical procedures carried out in the hospital: 15,374, if we add the Area of ​​Exploratory Techniques, the Outpatient Surgery Unit, the gynecology operating rooms, and obstetrics or hemodynamic facilities. The application of intraoperative technology and the hyper-specialization of the teams have led to almost 50% of the surgeries currently performed being highly complex.

At birth, Daniel began to have trouble breathing and almost did not move. The operation he needed could not be done in Nigeria. Now Daniel can breathe and he does not stand still for a minute, he is a happy child.
Mother of Daniel, operated for a Congenital Pulmonary Airway Malformation (CPAM)
This maxillofacial surgery technique will be the standard in most countries in the medium term
Josep Rubio Palau, maxillofacial surgeon
Oesophagus replacement has allowed Naia to live a current normal life.
Susana, mother of Naia, a patient in the Surgery Department

Research projects

Currently, the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital has various research projects in the field of Paediatric Surgery and surgical planning.

Discover our Surgery research


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