Centres of Excellence
The centres of excellence provide state-of-the-art treatments developed locally by skilled specialists. Research and development is the foundation. Multidisciplinary teams work in close interaction with the patients to ensure continuous improvement of the treatments offered. The centres all share a common goal: to improve quality of life for the patients. And the patients come from near and far.
Centre for Advanced Reconstruction of Extremities (C.A.R.E.)
C.A.R.E. was founded in 2015 and is the only centre in Sweden for highly specialized reconstruction of extremities. Situated at the Mölndal site of Sahlgrenska University Hospital, C.A.R.E. is a modern unit combining both in- and outpatient care as well as premises for rehabilitation.
The Centre treats:
- patients in need of bone-anchored amputation prostheses
- tetraplegic patients with spinal cord injuries where reconstructive hand surgery recreates hand or arm function
- patients with spasticity in arms/hands after stroke or other brain injury
These patient groups have different needs, but they all have one common goal – to increase their quality of life by becoming more independent. To accomplish this, the centre works in a team-based and patient-oriented way. Surgeons, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and orthopaedic engineers work together to provide every patient with the best possible outcome.
There are synergies between the patient groups and the multidisciplinary team, also researchers, work in close interaction with the patients to ensure continuous improvement of the treatments offered. Recently they have made significant progress regarding treatment for phantom limb pain.
To get first hand information on what is new at C.A.R.E, visit their Facebook page.
Department of Plastic Surgery
In past decades, spring-assisted surgery has been used for treatment of craniofacial deformities worldwide. Professor Claes Lauritzen invented the technique at this very department. Other innovations have since evolved under the same roof. Gender reassignment surgery is another area where the hospital holds a prominent position research wise in the field of reconstructive surgery.
While it can never replace a patient’s home, the wards have been carefully designed to appeal to both adults and children. A total of 27 in-patient beds and 12 day surgery beds are divided between two wards located at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sahlgrenska site – one of the three main geographical locations for the hospital’s activities.
The children’s ward is staffed by a team with many years of experience and training in paediatric care. All care is developed with the child’s perspective in mind. With direct access to the hospital’s school and play therapy area, the patient rooms aim to provide a safe haven for the families during their stay here.
Every day ground-breaking research is being conducted at Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Whether or not the research projects eventually translate into legally approved treatments, the findings will forever make a significant impact on the future development of transplantation medicine. Here is a selection of ongoing research:
- Uterus transplants
- Ex-vivo lung perfusion
- SAILOR study on whether steroid-free immunosuppression leads to less diabetes development
- Nordic study into the optimum immunosuppression following lung transplantation
- National study evaluating the benefit of an artificial heart as a chronic treatment
- ‘Heart-in-a-Box’ for cardiac evaluation prior to transplantation
- Recreation of arteries, blood vessels and liver tissue
As the largest and most prominent centre in Sweden, the Transplant Institute is also unique in Scandinavia in that a full programme for all organ transplants is offered here. It is the only unit that performs multivisceral transplants. And it all started in 1965 when the first kidney transplant took place right here. Ever since then, Sahlgrenska University Hospital has continued to contribute to development in the field of transplantation both locally and globally.
Some years ago Sahlgrenska University Hospital created a new organizational model where all organ-transplanted patients are gathered in one place – the Transplant Institute. Applying a cross-disciplinary approach, all medical professionals involved in the care of a patient belong to the same unit. The outcome: shorter in-ward treatment periods and shorter transplant waiting times. And more importantly, an integrated team can develop a closer bond with the patient and contribute to an enhanced treatment experience.
During 2015 the Transplant Institute applied for and was once again awarded the National Healthcare Assignment to perform heart, lung and liver transplants for the next six years. Being entrusted with this once again is firm proof that the care provided at the Institute is at the highest level in Sweden. This increases the ability to think long-term and conduct research in the field of transplantation immunology, and to practise new surgical methods that allow maximum utilization of available donor organs – one of several primary objectives.