Digestive System


The Digestive System Department at the University Hospital of Bellvitge seeks to care for the adult population with digestive pathology and provide specialist emergency, hospitalisation and outpatient healthcare.

The aim of the department is to diagnose and treat digestive diseases, but also to promote and design innovative, highly complex programmes, such as the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, the management of acute liver failure, hepatic transplantation, and the application of highly complex endoscopic treatments. The Department is involved in research and education at graduate, post-graduate and ongoing training level. All its activities are aimed at meeting the healthcare needs and expectations of the population, with criteria of equity, maximum efficiency and quality, thanks to the active commitment of its entire team of professionals.

Relevant aspects

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Management of digestive tract diseases

  • Esophageal pathology
  • Upper, lower or obscure gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Microscopic colitis
  • Control and monitoring of colorectal neoplasia pathology
  • Evaluation of the risk of colorectal carcinoma
  • High risk clinic
  • Colonoscopy prioritisation
  • Proctology, with non-surgical treatment of the benign anorectal pathology
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Management of liver diseases

  • Acute liver failure
  • Liver cirrhosis and its complications Hepatic tumor diseases: hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma
  • Management of portal hypertension and its complications
  • Chronic viral hepatitis (B and C)
  • Alcohol-related liver disease
  • Hepatic transplantation Indication and study of candidates
  • Follow-up of transplant patients
  • Autoimmune liver disease: autoimmune hepatitis, primary biliary cholangitis, primary sclerosing colangitis
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Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy

Diagnostic endoscopy

Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and colonoscopy


Vital stain chromoendoscopy*

Echo-endoscopy with and without guided puncture

Therapeutic endoscopy

Excision of lesions

Polypectomy (simple and complex)*

Mucosectomy and excision of subepithelial tumors*

Haemostasis for bleeding lesions

Injection of substances: adrenalin, alcohol, adhesives


Mechanics: clips, elastic bands

Haemostatic pulse

Removal of foreign bodes Stenosis dilation, and treatment of achalasia Prostheses in benign and malign pathology

* Closure of perforations and sealing of fistula and dehiscences

* Treatment of Zenker's diverticulum

* Treatment of Barrett's esophagus: endoscopic mucosal resection, radiofrequency

* Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography

* Therapeutic endoscopy

* Vascular therapy

Celiac plxus block/neurolysis Injection: botulinum toxin, cystic lesion ablation, antitumor

Transmural drainage of collections (necrosectomy); biliary and pancreatic

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Functional tests

  • Oesophageal and anorectal manometry
  • 24-hour pH-metry
  • Breath test
  • Liver elastography


Master's degrees and accredited courses

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Main Hospital at Bellvitge Universitary Hospital 

c/ Feixa Llarga, sn.

08907 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. Barcelona

Floor 6

Telephone number 93 335 70 11

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