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Вepartment of pediatric general surgery

Prof. Dr. Lluis Morales Fochs
pediatric surgery

About the department

The department of pediatric general surgery at Teknon Medical Center Barcelona is one of the most advanced centres in Europe in its field. The department comprises a top-level group of pediatric surgeons with recognized experience, solid training and the ability to offer practical and efficient patient care solutions. The department's surgeons are available 24 hours a day if the child has an acute emergency. In their practice, doctors use minimally invasive surgery. Surgeons can operate through small incisions in the skin, through which a video camera and special instruments are inserted. As a result, the procedure is more effective and safe for the patient, and there is a significant aesthetic improvement compared to traditional surgery.

The department's surgeons pay great attention to emergency surgery, including appendicitis, intussusception, hypertrophic pyloric stenosis and acute scrotal syndrome. In addition, doctors collaborate with neonatologists and pediatric traumatologists to provide comprehensive surgical care from the very birth of a child. In addition to emergency surgery, the medical team also specializes in elective surgery of the thoracic, abdominal, and urinary systems.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Neonatal malformations
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Pneumothorax, hydrothorax
  • Palmar hyperhidrosis
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Alimentary tract duplications
  • Genital anomalies
  • Varicocele
  • Appendicitis
  • Phimosis
  • Ectopic testis
  • Vesicoureteral reflux
  • Hypertrophic pyloric stenosis
  • Acute scrotal syndrome


  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination
  • Laboratory and biochemical analysis 
  • Hormone panel 
  • Colonoscopy, gastroscopy, rectoscopy 
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 
  • Electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Diagnostic spirometry (to measure lung function) 
  • Biopsy with histology 
  • Bronchoscopy and thoracoscopy 
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy


  • Minimally invasive techniques
  • Laparoscopic technique
  • Ambulatory major surgery techniques
  • Fetal surgery
  • Surgical repair of congenital disabilities 
  • Surgical repair of serious injuries
  • Minimally invasive endoscopic procedures
  • Plastic surgery
  • Thoracic surgery 
  • Removal of the spleen 
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Other surgical interventions
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Doctor profile


  • 1968 Specialist in Pediatrics
  • 1974 Specialist in General Surgery
  • 1979 Specialist in Pediatric Surgery
  • 1980 Doctor of Medicine and Surgery


  • 1979 - 2007 Head of the pediatric surgery service at the hospital-clinic
  • 1988 - 1991 Medical director of the hospital-clinic
  • 1992 - 2007 Head of Pediatric Surgery Service, United Hospital Clinic Sant Joan de Deu
  • 2007 Neonatology Department Coordinator Hospital Clinic Sant Joan de Deu
  • 2009 Corresponding Member of the Royal Medical Academy of Catalonia
  • 2010 Teaching Director of Sant Joan de Deu Hospital
  • 2010 Pediatrics course coordinator, University of Barcelona

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Member of the National Commission for the Medical Specialties of Pediatric Surgery
  • Vice President of the Catalan Society of Pediatrics
  • President Spanish Society of Pediatric Surgery
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