Health is a service that is in greater and greater demand by people from all over the world and many countries have set up policies to support this industry in order to win foreign patients.
Barcelona has the best conditions for becoming an international potential in health tourism, by offering quality medical care that attracts many visitors from all over the world. At European level Russians are at the top of the list of patients treated in Barcelona, to the point that many medical teams already have translators to facilitate communications between patients and doctors. As for other continents, American patients should be highlighted, who were the first to leave their country in search of treatment and in practically all cases, motivated by the favourable difference in price. The list of patient profiles most often visiting Barcelona includes executives or entrepreneurs from the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia.
The high level of research and the quality of medical and assistance services, the customised care, the excellent reputation of the centres or the latest medical technology are the main reasons for choosing Barcelona.
Some medical teams have taken advantage of this trend to detect opportunities and adapt to the market. This is the case of the medical team led by Drs. Jorge C. Espinós and Jesús Turró, specialists in digestive endoscopy and experts in treating obesity with endoscope techniques. The team receives many foreign patients and for this reason it has interpreters who speak the different languages, in addition to offering the option of organising the trip and the stay in Barcelona, to make things easier for the patients.
This international fame is due to being the first team in Spain to use the POSE Method for treating obesity. The POSE system (endoluminal surgery) is a new option for treating excess weight which is less invasive in surgical terms and is the safest treatment for obesity. This is an endoscopic procedure which eliminates the need for incisions, with the benefits that this brings -the patient’s stay in hospital is shorter than normal, the process is not as painful and recovery is faster, among others-.
Endoluminal surgery is based on the idea of reducing the stomach’s capacity, to help the patient feel fuller earlier and therefore eat fewer calories. In fact the team led by Drs. Turró and Espinós was the first in the world to submit a medical study on the results of the Pose Method, a new technique which so far has proved to be extremely effective in treating obesity with results that show an average reduction of 63% after 12 months.
This is the same objective as inserting a Gastric Balloon, another technique used by the medical team led by Drs. Jorge C. Espinós and Jesús Turró. The technique, which has been used successfully in more than 1600 patients since 2002, consists of inserting a silicone balloon into the stomach using an endoscopic procedure. Once inside, the balloon is filled, producing a sensation of satiation and lack of appetite.
The latest technology and commitment to innovation, and the excellent medical professionals have consolidated the team as an expert in its sector in treating obesity using endoscopic techniques. This is proved by the recent incorporation of new treatments in the unit, some of them better known outside Spain, such as the AspireAssist aspiration therapy for cases of serious/morbid obesity, or the gastric bypass repair endoscopy technique have contributed to making this unit a reference worldwide in treating overweight and obese patients.
They are endorsed by the results published and the conferences given at the most important international congresses, where they have even provided training for other foreign medical teams. Furthermore the added attraction of the city of Barcelona has persuaded many foreign citizens to visit it in order to prevent or treat obesity and take advantage of the opportunity do see the sights of the city.