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Department of pediatric urology

Dr. Luis Garcia Aparicio
paediatric urology

About the department

The pediatric urology department at Teknon Medical Center Barcelona is one of the most experienced centres in Spain to treat kidney diseases in children. Doctors detect and treat diseases and malformations of the kidneys and urinary tract at the prenatal stage (before birth) in conjunction with the fetal medicine department. The department team works with the neonatology, obstetrics, urology and surgery teams. Doctors participate in various pediatric research and trials conducted by the Spanish Society of Pediatric Nephrology and Urology. The Spanish government also accredits the department for performing kidney transplants. More than 25% of transplants are from living donors, saving the child from dialysis.

The department specializes in the treatment of complex and rare kidney diseases. For example, the success rate in minimally invasive surgery in patients with congenital uropathy exceeds 90%. In addition, the department has a urodynamics unit to treat bladder dysfunction, employing highly qualified medical and medical staff. In addition to conducting examinations in the presence of the child's parents, each patient is provided with individual treatment. The department also has an adult transitional unit where chronic patients are followed up through the patient portal.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Lithiasis (kidney stones)
  • Hypertension in children
  • Tubopathy (cystinosis, cystinuria)
  • Glomerulopathies (nephrotic and nephritic syndromes)
  • Acute and chronic renal failure
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Day and night incontinence
  • Nephrological malformations
  • Epispadias, bladder exstrophy
  • Violation of sexual development
  • Obstructive uropathy
  • Pylourethral stenosis
  • Bladder dysfunction

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • Urinalysis (a series of tests on urine)
  • Pyelogram (imaging of the renal pelvis and ureter)
  • Cystography (a procedure used to visualise the urinary bladder)
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) 
  • Ultrasound examination
  • Renal angiography (an imaging test to look at the blood vessels in kidneys)
  • Prenatal diagnostic
  • Intravenous urography (an X-ray exam of the urinary tract)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)

Treatment:

  • Kidney transplantation
  • Peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis
  • Therapeutic apheresis
  • Repair of bladder exstrophy
  • Urachal excision
  • Laser lithotripsy
  • Nephrectomy
  • Pyeloplasty
  • Shock wave lithotripsy
  • Epispadias and hypospadias repair
  • Varicocele repair
  • Endoscopic management of stricture
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Doctor profile

Education

  • Fellow of the European Academy of Paediatric Urology 
  • Fellow of the European Board of Paediatric Surgery 
  • 2014 PhD in Medicine, University of Barcelona
  • 1995 Bachelor's Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Faculty of Medicine, Teaching Unit of the Hospital Clínic i Provincial, Barcelona, University of Barcelona

Experience

  • 2002 Associate Physician of Pediatric Surgery at San Juan de Deu Hospital
  • 1998 Emergency Pediatric Surgery Doctor at Quirón Teknon Hospital

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Scholarship for the best performance in the field of pediatric surgery at the XVI Congress of the Spanish Society of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery
  • Best Poster Award at the 29th Congress of the European Society of Pediatric Urology
  • Prize for the best pediatric poster at the XV Congress of the Spanish Society of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery
  • Prize for the best oral communication. LII Congress of the Spanish Society of Pediatric Surgery
  • Member of the European Society of Pediatric Urology
  • Member of the Spanish Society of Pediatric Surgery 
  • Member of the Pediatric Urology Group
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