The continuous evolution and emergence of new medical treatments allows us to enhance and extend our life expectancy. The integration of this technical and scientific progress requires Clinics and Hospitals to be constantly renovating and to have the best medical teams capable of effectively applying the advances of modern medicine.
These new medical procedures are: 3D arterial reconstructions guided by radiodiagnosis and micro-catheters that navigate through the inside of blood vessels to break up blood clots, channel the flow of blood to the brain, or avoid open-heart surgery. Medical advancements make it possible to isolate organs such as the liver to administer chemosaturation therapy and prolong the life of patients with liver cancer. Medical science already allows us to anticipate the possibility of suffering from serious oncological, neurological, cardiovascular or metabolic diseases with genetic studies that serve to identify individual preventive treatments for each patient. In short, doctors have new tools and multiple alternatives at hand for achieving the goal of curing the patient.
This new knowledge also contributes to a better quality of life for the patient. For example, it is possible to advance the recovery of injuries to joints, tendons or ligaments with stem cells or regenerating tissues with shock wave therapy. Losing weight is much simpler with the implantation of a gastric balloon in the stomach that does not involve surgery, but that reaches the stomach like a pill administered orally. The recovery of the strength of abdominal muscle loss after pregnancy is achieved with a few small incisions using minimally invasive surgical techniques. All of these procedures have two things in common: they require major technological investments and highly qualified specialists.
TAVI – Transcatheter aortic valve implantation
In the Clinic Rotger and Hospital Quironsalud Palmaplanas, the cardiology services provide for severe aortic stenosis, a heart disease that impedes blood flow and causes symptoms such as fatigue, chest pain or dizziness.
Previously, the intervention involved complex open-heart surgery. However, now the implementation of new techniques using radiology-guided catheters and thanks to the expertise of the specialists, proper blood circulation can be restored with a minimal incision, introducing a biological valve mounted on a metallic mesh, or stent. At the Hospital Quironsalud Palmaplanas, it is possible to approach strokes using a technique similar to Interventional Radiology and micro-catheters. The specialists manage to break the thrombus that obstructs the flow of blood to the brain and recover neurological functions, provided that the process is carried out within the first four hours after the appearance of the first symptoms.
Hepatic Chemosaturation consists of applying high-dose chemotherapy only to the liver affected by a tumour, avoiding the harmful effect of the drug to the rest of the body. This pioneering treatment allows us to extend the lives of patients affected by liver cancer. At Clínica Rotger the team formed of doctors Javier Pueyo, Antonio Arrivi, Marta Valero and José Antonio De Paz has already applied this technique in seven interventions, with excellent results.
From a simple blood sample, Clínica Rotger can analyse more than 24,000 of a person’s genes and develop a map with all the genetic information about their susceptibility to oncological, neurological, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. This is very useful information to guide treatment and plan strategies for preventive and personalised medicine.
Finally, in times of outbreaks of common viruses such as flu or bronchiolitis, medical centres equipped with a Molecular Biology laboratory can identify the 20 respiratory viruses using a RT-PCR technique in real time that allows a fast diagnosis and can determine whether or not a patient requires treatment with antibiotics. The fine-tuned diagnostic and rapid initiation of treatment is of special importance in the case of neonatal and paediatric emergencies.
Advanced treatments for the recovery of trauma lesions
In addition to vital steps for saving or prolonging patient’s lives, constant advances have also been introduced to improve the evolution of lesions, or that accelerate recovery.
Doctor Luis Camacho, who was recently incorporated as Chief of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at Clínica Rotger explains the advantages of using biological treatments with hyaluronic acid, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or treatment with stem cells from fat or bone for the treatment of injuries to ligaments, joints, or tendons. One of the secrets of the success of these treatments lies in a complete control system of the product sterility throughout the process that allows us to know at all times the traceability of biological material.
The rehabilitating treatments also streamline the lesion recovery processes. For example, shock wave technology activates an analgesic effect that speeds up the metabolism and the revascularization of damaged areas, achieving a curing of up to 80 per cent of tendon injuries and generates other positive effects in pathologies such as plantar fasciitis, epicondylitis or chondromalacia patellae, among others.
Health and aesthetic treatments
The medical developments also offer new alternatives in the field of aesthetics and for obesity control. For example, the endocrinology teams at Clínica Rotger and the Hospital Quironsalud Palmaplanas offer treatments to reduce the appetite and generate a feeling of satiety through the implementation of an intragastric balloon that accesses the stomach via the mouth, without the need for surgery or anaesthesia. Together with a well-balanced diet and moderate physical exercise, it can help to reduce body weight between 15 and 20%.
In the same way, in those cases where either a pregnancy, or the effects of morbid obesity, have separated or weakened the structure of the abdominal muscle tissue, causing injuries such as hernias, digestive discomfort back pain or pelvic floor problems, which are accompanied by unsightly effects in the shape of the body; they can be operated by means of a minimally invasive diastasis recti procedure. With this intervention, the strength of the abdominal muscles and the body aesthetics prior to pregnancy or being overweight is recovered.
Finally, and also in the line of medical advances that improve people’s lives, Clínica Rotger’s Dermatology Service incorporates a treatment with hyaluronic acid for the improvement of secondary vulvovaginal symptoms related to menopause, chemotherapy treatments or post-natal reactions that may include discomfort such as dryness, irritation or itching.
The benefits of hyaluronic acid injections in the vulvovaginal area have been recently scientifically proven to improve elasticity and hydration of the area, decreasing both tightness and pain. It is a procedure with excellent tested, easy and safe results, carried out in the dermatological consultation and with an effective duration of between 8 and 12 months.
“Another dermatological advance that improves peoples’ lives is the botulinum toxin injection that has shown excellent results for the treatment of excessive sweating in armpits, hands and feet, known as hyperhidrosis.” In all, the best medical approaches and practices offer new alternatives to many current pathologies.