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As a national and international reference centre, pioneering in the implementation of new surgical techniques, our department offers surgical treatments for endocrine, breast, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, pancreatic, colorectal and abdominal wall diseases.

For certain pathologies that require general or digestive surgery, we use techniques that employ a multidisciplinary team of professionals from several different departments at the Clínica.

We carry out the majority of the operations using a minimally invasive technique, advanced laparoscopic surgery, so that the patient can recover as soon as possible. 


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Surgical treatment for Colon Cancer
Removal of tumorous tissue, the main arterial and venous vessels and nearby lymph nodes

This removal can be carried out conventionally or laparoscopically, with a smaller incision and shorter post operation recovery period

Surgical treatment for Rectal Cancer
Removal of the affected rectum when there is no metastasis.

Depending on the stage in which the tumour is discovered, it may be necessary to use preoperative radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments.

This is a common treatment for Breast Cancer. It aims to conserve the breast and avoid removing axillary nodes.

When it is necessary to remove the breast, it is possible to have immediate aesthetic mammary reconstruction surgery or patients may choose to undergo this procedure later on.

When non-surgical treatments have not succeeded in controlling the symptoms, it is necessary to remove the pathological plexuses through surgery (surgical Haemorrhoidectomy).

The surgical removal of haemorrhoids has good long term results. However, during the postoperative period, patients may experience varying degrees of pain. 

This procedure is effective in around 90% of cases and involves implanting a synthetic mesh under the urethra, which is inserted through a small vaginal incision.

This polypropylene belt – a material which is very well tolerated by the human body – is positioned under the urethra. It has a porous quality and remains fixed in position, becoming part of the organism.

A range of surgical techniques which aim to significantly alter the gastrointestinal anatomy to reduce the ingestion and absorption of food.

Furthermore, they seek to improve the associated comorbidities such as diabetes mellitus, arterial hypertension, sleep apnoea syndrome or joint problems.

The surgical procedures used at the Clínica are, mainly, gastric bypass and tubular gastrectomy, both of which are carried out laparoscopically.

The use of either one of these procedures depends on each patient´s specific requirements.

>Read more about bariatric surgery
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Amongst our Oesophageal and gastrointestinal surgical procedures, we treat the following diseases:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux: the objective of surgery is to restore the cardiac sphincter´s role to control symptoms and prevent complications. This is advanced laparoscopic surgery, which requires an experienced team of professionals. The usual technique use is Nissen Fundoplication
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Achalasia: surgery aims to control the symptoms of this functional oesophageal disease. In the majority of cases, the technique used is laparoscopic myotomy surgery.
  • Oesophageal cancer: the surgical treatment of oesophageal cancer includes the complete removal of the tumour and restoration of the digestive tract. Currently laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgical techniques are used in order to diminish the morbidity and mortality rates associated with this procedure.
  • Stomach cancer: a partial or total removal is carried out with this surgical treatment, from the patient´s stomach. Gastrectomy is a laparoscopic technique as this improves the morbidity and mortality rates.
  • Diverticulitis: the surgical procedure removes the segment of the colon affected and drains of the abscess. A provisional colostomy bag is also fitted.
  • Small intestine cancer: removal or flow derivation surgical procedures can be carried out.

The most notable development made in the last few years in radiological, endoscopic and isotopic technology, has allowed us to have an extraordinary diagnostic capacity for medical location processes in any organ in the digestive system.

The pancreas, which has also been difficult to locate anatomically when establishing a precise diagnosis, is one of the main areas that will benefit from this development.

Different processes like cystic pancreatic lesions, neuroendocrine tumours and ductal tumours in very early stages, are now precisely diagnosed.

>Read more about laparoscopic central pancreatectomy 

Currently, laparoscopic surgery is used for all hernias: inguinal hernias , umbilical hernias and incisional hernias (or eventration).

The definitive treatment for inguinal hernias is surgery and consists in reintroducing the abdominal contents and repairing, or reinforcing the inguinal wall.

Umbilical and incisional hernias require surgical procedures to directly close up the defect or implant a mesh.

With the correct technique, the reappearance rate for inguinal hernias is between 1-5%. However, incisional hernias reappear in 20% of cases. 

The survival rate one year after their surgical operation in patients who undergo a transplant at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra is 90%.

We are one of the three Spanish hospitals who carry out hepatic transplants between living people.

This is the treatment to cure patients of chronic and irreversible hepatic diseases. Liver transplants are the cumulative treatment for hepatic diseases.

Terminal hepatic patients, including older patients, whose only alternative is a transplant come to the Clínica Universidad de Navarra to undergo this operation, whose survival rate has reached 85% after 5 years.

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