Treatment in Spain: benefits, clinics, quality.

Treatment in Spain is considered one of the best in Europe, thanks to the vast experience of doctors, advanced equipment and innovative methods of treatment of various diseases.
According to WHO, Spanish health care system ranks 7th in the world, and Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Hospital ranks first in the rating of children's clinics in Europe.

Benefits of treatment in Spain
Treatment in Spain: main specializations
Costs of treatment in Spain
Best clinics in Spain for treatment of international patients in 2023
Treatment in Spain: travel tips

Benefits of treatment in Spain

Treatment in Spain is chosen by many Europeans and Americans for high level of medicine and lower treatment costs. Doctors work both with adults and children's pathologies (congenital and acquired).

Spanish doctors are recognized as some of the best in the world thanks to their internship exams (this is an internship in a narrow specialty, during which the doctor works as an intern in a specialized department of his field, has additional training in related fields, and is on duty in the emergency room in tandem with experienced doctors).

All Spanish clinics work according to the same system: hospitals are equipped with innovative and use modern techniques for the diagnostics and treatment of the most complex diseases.

Proton center at the University Hospital of Madrid increases the chance of a complete cure for many types of cancer.

Spanish oncologists offer free online consultations for patients in need of proton therapy.

Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Hospital specializes in the treatment of children's congenital malformations as well as acquired diseases in all areas. These include oncological, neurological, ophthalmological, nephrological, gastroenterological, genetic and many other pathologies.

Doctors conduct high-level online consultations for all medical conditions, helping to identify patient's problems and recommend next steps for quality treatment.

Spain is also famous for its wonderful climate and developed infrastructure. Its history is rich and deserves to be studied.

Treatment in Spain: main specializations

Patients choose Spain for treatment of oncological, orthopaedic, neurological, ophthalmological, gastroenterological, cardiological, and other pathologies, as well as for rehabilitation after injuries, diseases, and surgical interventions, for assisted reproduction, and for treatment of pediatric pathologies.
Main specializations include:


Cancer treatment in Spain is carried out by doctors who specialize in fighting all types of cancer in both adults and children. Doctors use advanced methods of diagnostics and treatment of cancer: cytostatic medication, intrathecal injections, biopsies with local anesthesia, catheter implantation, intra-arterial chemotherapy, Pressurized Intraperitoneal Aerosol Chemotherapy (PIPAC) and many others.

Spanish oncologists develop new methods for treatment of:
  • thoracic cancers;
  • breast and pelvic cancer;
  • leukemia, lymphoma, and other hematooncological diseases;
  • brain and spinal cord oncology;
  • gastrointestinal cancer;
  • endocrine oncology (including hormonal tumors);
  • musculoskeletal cancer;
  • ENT-tumors;
  • urological tumors;
  • ophthalmological tumors;
  • dermatological tumors.

Orthopedics and Traumatology

Treatment in Spain for orthopedic pathologies is performed by leading orthopedists and traumatologists with vast experience. They provide medical care to patients from all over the world, as well as cooperating with Spanish soccer clubs. Doctors perform full examination with hi-tech equipment and operate on complicated and neglected cases applying robotic systems, increasing the chance of fast recovery without complications.

Traumatologists deal with the following pathologies:

Upper extremities: tendinitis and rotator cuff tears, recurrent shoulder dislocations, osteoarthritis, epicondylitis, endoprosthesis; carpal tunnel syndrome, tendon injuries, triangular cartilage injuries, Dupuytren's disease, fractures, osteoarthritis, coverage defects (grafts and flaps).

Lower extremities: hip injuries, hip impingement, fractures, osteoarthritis, endoprosthetics; anterior cruciate ligament tears, fractures, patellar injuries, meniscus injuries, meniscus transplants, cartilage injuries, osteoarthritis; valgus deformity of the big toe, varus and rigidus, hammer toes, flat feet and cavus, metatarsalgia, posterior tibia and Achilles tendon pathology, ligament sprains, fractures, osteoarthritis osteoarthritis or rheumatic disease, synovitis, coxarthrosis (hip replacement, arthroscopy), gonarthrosis (viscosimetry, osteotomy, knee replacement), other joints, etc.

Spine: herniated intervertebral discs, scoliosis, canal stenosis, vertebral fractures, osteoarthritis.

Musculoskeletal oncology: benign (osteoma, osteochondroma, chondroma, osteoid osteoma, chondroblastoma, giant cell tumor, fibroma, hemangioma); malignant (osteosarcoma, paraosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, fibrosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, reticulosarcoma, hemangioendothelioma, myeloma).

Pediatric orthopedic pathologies: congenital (joint dysplasia), gait anomalies (flat feet, clubfoot), transient synovitis of the hip, Perthes disease, epiphysiolysis of the proximal femur, etc.

Cardiology and cardiac surgery

Treatment of cardiovascular diseases in Spain is performed by greatly experienced cardiologists, who work with both children and adults. They perform complex heart and vascular surgeries, with a high rate of positive recovery results.
Doctors also transplant the heart and individual valves and vessels with a high survival rate of the organ.

Spanish clinics are equipped with:
Blood pressure monitors: diagnostic procedures using the latest methods of stress tests with ECG and imaging to assess cardiovascular risk as well as functional capacity.

Hemodynamic machines: research and catheterization for early diagnostics and treatment of angina and acute myocardial infarction. Cardiac surgeons perform percutaneous repair of congenital heart defects in children and adults.

Non-fluoroscopic navigation systems: ensure accurate diagnostics and treatment of complex arrhythmias (atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia), with the lowest radiation exposure.

Non-Invasive Imaging Unit: non-invasive diagnostics of early stages of cardiovascular disease and monitoring with echocardiography and cardiac Doppler allows an accurate diagnosis establishment in the shortest possible time.


Doctors with a long experience work with high-tech equipment and provide highly specialized care to all patients.

Main areas of treatment of ophthalmological pathologies in Spain include:

Refractive anomalies: myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Doctors use latest techniques (excimer laser, phakic lenses, astigmatic incisions, intraocular lenses) and adapt programs individually for each patient.

Cataract: successful cataract removal at any stage using ultrasound and micropulse water technology.

Нефлюороскопическими навигационными системами Позволят обследовать и лечить сложные аритмии (фибрилляция предсердий и желудочковая тахикардия), с наименьшим радиационным воздействием.

Блоком неинвазивной визуализации Неинвазивная диагностика ранних стадий с сердечно-сосудистых заболеваний и мониторинг с помощью эхокардиографии и сердечного допплера позволяет установить точный диагноз в кратчайшие сроки.

Assisted reproduction

Treatment of infertility in Spain is performed by experienced reproductive specialists, who successfully restore childbearing function. Doctors examine women comprehensively to select the most appropriate method.

Spanish doctors guarantee the safety of a woman's health during the procedure.

Treatment methods include:

Artificial insemination
The simplest method, which involves inseminating a woman with her partner's sperm. The patient's ovaries are stimulated and
synchronized with ovulation. The success of the procedure directly depends on the age: it is about 20% for women under 36 years of age, 15% for women aged 37 to 39 years and up to 10% for women aged 40 to 41 years. Doctors do not recommend doing more than four courses, as each time the probability of getting pregnant decreases.

In vitro fertilization (IVF)
The most popular and more complicated method consists of creating an embryo and transferring it into a woman's uterus. This method involves more intensive stimulation of the ovaries.

  • an egg is extracted from the ovaries by means of a puncture;
  • in the laboratory the cell is fertilized with the partner's sperm;
  • the embryo is kept in special conditions in the laboratory for two days, and then it is placed onto the uterine wall.
The success rate of the procedure depends on woman's health and age. The chance of getting pregnant for women under 34 years of age is over 60%, and for those who are older it is less than 30%.

Egg vitrification
An adjunct procedure to an IVF cycle is used if there is a risk of ovarian hyperstimulation or hormonal changes. During the method, embryos are not transferred in the same cycle. It is also done before oncology treatment, if the patient's health condition allows it.

Sperm cryopreservation
The procedure is performed in an IVF cycle, provided the man is unable to provide a sperm sample on his own. It is also possible to do it during a testicular biopsy (provided that the sperm obtained is suitable for use) and before cancer treatment, if the patient's health condition allows it.

Donor eggs
The procedure during which donor eggs are used. It's most commonly used if:
  • the parents-to-be are of advanced age;
  • the woman is in early menopause;
  • poor quality of the mother's eggs;
  • the use of hormonal medication that enhance the development of the uterine endometrium for embryo attachment.

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Treatment in Spain is performed by highly experienced neurologists, who create customized programs for comprehensive diagnostics and treatment of diseases of the nervous system.
Doctors develop new methods of therapy and surgical interventions for pathologies of the nervous system in both early and severe stages of the disease.

Neurologists diagnose and treat:
  • chronic headaches;
  • memory disorders and dementia;
  • cerebrovascular disease;
  • epilepsy;
  • neuromuscular pathology;
  • multiple sclerosis;
  • oncological pathologies of the nervous system;
  • neuropathic pain syndromes;
  • diseases in the field of neuropediatrics;
  • diseases in the field of neuropsychology.
Department of Neurology studies diseases and the consequences of injuries that affect the Central nervous system (brain, cerebellum, brainstem and spinal cord) and the Peripheral nervous system (roots, plexuses, nerves, neuromuscular connections and muscles) with the goal of finding effective treatment methods.
Doctors in the Department of Neurology work closely with colleagues from diagnostic imaging, emergency medicine, internal medicine and neurosurgery.
Young neurologists are also trained on the bases of many hospitals.


Neurosurgery in Spain is also on a high professional level. Neurosurgery treatment in Spain is performed by doctors with many years of experience, who use the most adavanced technologies, latest generation microscopes, neuronavigation systems, ultrasound aspirators and endoscopes for minimally invasive operations.

Department of Neurosurgery deals with:

  • brain injuries;
  • brain tumors;
  • pituitary gland pathologies;
  • Parkinson's disease;
  • obsessive-compulsive disorders;
  • vascular pathologies;
  • spinal diseases;
  • peripheral nerve pathologies.
Spanish neurosurgeons are also developing more effective treatment methods for neuropathologies:

  • brain surgery in an awake patient;
  • endoscopic surgery of the skull base: transnasal endoscopic operations on the pituitary gland (through the nasal sinuses);
  • surgical interventions in epilepsy to control seizures;
  • surgeries for motor disorders (Parkinson's disease, dystonias);
  • minimally invasive spine surgeries;
  • cranial base surgeries: meningiomas, acoustic neurinomas, microvascular decompression to relieve trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm;
  • cerebral vascular surgeries: aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations of the brain and spinal cord;
  • surgery for intra- and extramedullary intraspinal tumors of the spine.

Rehabilitation and physiotherapy

Rehabilitation specialists and physiotherapists help patients recover after injuries, illnesses or surgical interventions. Innovative methods and techniques help restore functions as quickly and completely as possible.

Many clinics also work with sports injuries of soccer players, basketball players and other athletes. Author's rehabilitation methods help to quickly restore biomechanical capabilities of damaged muscles and tendons.
The departments are equipped with gyms, individual service booths, and various recovery devices.
Doctors use electrotherapy, thermotherapy, cryotherapy, microwave, shortwave, ultrasound, laser and magnetic therapy, and prescribe complexes of physical and therapeutic exercises.
Individual programs are selected for each patient, combining manual therapy techniques, electrotherapy and therapeutic physical exercises.

Also occupational therapists work with patients to help them return to their daily activities (eating, dressing independently, moving around, etc). Speech therapists work with problems of the speech apparatus and improve speech, using various techniques and exercises.


Neurorehabilitation specialists in Spain have developed neurorehabilitation programs for patients with diseases or injuries of the nervous system to restore functionality, reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.

Doctors deal with:

  • consequences of craniocerebral injuries;
  • consequences of spinal cord injuries;
  • aftermathes of a stroke;
  • neuromuscular disorders (Guillain-Barré syndrome);
  • various types of degenerative disorders (Parkinson's disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).
The multidisciplinary teams at the various clinics include: neurologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, neuropsychologists, social workers and psychiatrists.

Plastic surgery

In Spain there are highly qualified plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeons, who are engaged in complex surgical interventions meant to change or restore the appearance.

Doctors operate on any congenital, acquired, tumorous or involutionary process in which it is necessary to restore or replace surface structures that affect body shape and function.
Doctors in Spanish clinics work closely with other hospital departments to correct specific reconstructive needs: wound healing, skin cancer surgery, burn treatment, reconstructive microsurgery or reconstruction of different areas.

Women's Plastics:
  • breast augmentation, reduction and lifting;
  • abdominoplasty;
  • lifting of shins and shoulders (used after severe weight loss and when the skin becomes flabby and stretched);
  • genital plasty (modification of labia minora, rejuvenation of labia majora, rejuvenation of pubis, vaginal reduction);
  • breast reconstruction after surgical interventions (tumors, injuries).
Facial plastic surgery:
  • face lifting;
  • blepharoplasty;
  • rhinoplasty;
  • otoplasty;
  • double chin surgery.
Plastic surgeons also deal with:
  • children's plastic surgery;
  • reconstructive and microsurgery;
  • liposuction and recovery after the procedure;
  • lipofilling.

Cost of treatment in Spain

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Best clinics in Spain for treatment of international patients in 2023

Treatment in Spain is considered one of the best in Europe.
According to WHO, health care system in Spain ranks 7th among all countries of the world. Spanish doctors conduct high-quality online consultations for international patients. The cost of consultation is lower than in the USA and Turkey, while the quality remains at a very high level.
Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Hospital
The multidisciplinary hospital has become one of the leading hospitals in Europe and the main one in Spain for children and adolescents, where all pediatric diseases are treated in a comprehensive way. Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Hospital is based at the University of Barcelona and is closely connected to the Hospital Clinica de Barcelona.

Quirónsalud Madrid University Hospital
The clinic is part of the large Quirónsalud network. The hospital is accredited with the prestigious ISO and JCI certificates. It is housed in more than 60,000 m2 in a unique building in Pozuelo de Alarcón. Quirónsalud Madrid University Hospital is a general hospital with 39 medical-surgical specialties.

Dexeus University Hospital
It is part of the Quirónsalud network and has more than 30 departments specializing in all diseases of children and adults. Every year they hospitalize 49,000 patients, treat more than 85,000 emergencies (approximately 230 daily), perform more than 10,000 surgeries, over 2,500 deliveries and conduct close to 50 clinical trials.
Centro Médico Teknon
The clinic is renowned for the highest quality of medical care and occupies a leading position among medical institutions in Spain.
Centro Médico Teknon is part of Quirónsalud network.
It employs world-renowned doctors and uses state-of-the-art innovative medical technologies.
It is worth coming here for a high quality treatment.

Treatment in Spain: travel tips

In order to travel to Spain for medical treatment, you need to apply for a visa. To do this, you need to collect and submit a package of documents to the visa center.
For adult patients:

  • valid passport;
  • visa application form;
  • 2 photos, sized 3,5х4,5 cm;
  • copy of the invitation letter issued by the clinic;
  • documents confirming the availability of the necessary funds for travel;
  • airline tickets.
For underage patients:

  • list of documents is the same as for the adults patients;
  • permission to travel, signed by the child's parents or guardians (if the child travels unaccompanied);
  • copy of the passport of one of the parents or guardians;
  • copy of the birth certificate.

International phone numbers

+44 2080891829 UK — for patients who speak English or Arabic

+38 0443532921 Ukraine
+77172696594 Kazakhstan

Head office:

Registered number 12874799
Registered office address
85 Great Portland Street, First Floor, London, United Kingdom, W1W 7LT
Tel.: +44 2080891829

Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm