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Apheresis Unit

Apheresis Unit

Vithas Xanit International Hospital open’s the only private Apheresis Unit in the province of Andalucia.


Vithas Xanit International Hospital belongs to the Vithas Healthcare group. They have 12 hospitals and 13 highly specialised Vithas Salud Medical centers throughout Spain. They have recently opened up the only private Apheresis Unit in Andalucia.


This Apheresis System can reduce up to 70% of LDL colesterol in those patients with inherited hypercholesterolemia. This is a serious genetic disorder which is the main cause of heart attacks, and which affects some 100.000 people in Spain.


The inauguration of the unit took place on Thursday, the 4th of December at 5.30pm. The event counted on the assistance of Dr. Fernando Anaya, a Nephrologist and Head of The Nephrology Unit at  the General Gregorio Marañón University Hospital. Dr Anaya is one of the main experts in the field of apheresis in Europe; Also present was Dr. Juan José Gómez Doblas, Head of the Cardiac Unit at Vithas Xanit International; Prof. Valery Voinov, Head of The Department for Gravitational blood surgery from The Pulmonology clinic of I. P. Pavlov First State Medical University in Saint-Petersburg (Russia), and Javier Martinez Gomis, President of The Association for Apheresis Patients. The event was moderated by Juan Carlos Gavilán Carrasco, Head of the Internal Medicine Department at Vithas Xanit International Hospital. The event enabled those present to learn about the new Apheresis Unit that has been developed by the Nephrology Department at Vithas Xanit Internaitonal Hospital.


Vithas Xanit International Hospital has become the only private hospital in Andalucia to offer this kind of treatment. There are currently only three other public hospitals in the province who have this kind of system available. The LDL Apheresis system is an emerging treatment option for inherited homozygous and heterozygous hypercholesterolemia and is especially recommended by international societies for therapeutic apheresis such as ‘’The American Society for Apheresis’’ (ASFA), as well as by The Spanish Society for Neonatology’s medical team for therapeutic apheresis. This treatment is suitable for children from the age of 6-7 years in the case of homozygotic forms, and also for pregnant women. It allows specialists to eliminate the LDL particles from the blood, as well as other atherogenic lipoproteins, thus improving hope and quality of life for patients.


In heterozygous forms, and especially in those patients who do not respond to conventional treatments, it is possible to attain required levels, with antiatherogenic benefits, also meaning a reduction in deaths caused by cardiovasular pathologies, which would not be acheived using alternative methods.


It is also worth noting that this method can be used as a preventative and therapeutic treatment in the case of patients with acute pancreatitis due to severe hypertriglyceridemia. There have been various cases already treated with this system in Spain. It can also dramatically reverse the process and bring the Triglyceride plasmatic levels almost back to normal in just a couple of sessions. 


Dr. Fernando Anaya, from the Gregorio Marañón Hospital, explains that “one of the main benefits of this Apheresis technique is that it selectively eliminates the lipo proteins from the blood by seperating the plasma, preserves the red blood cells (which transport the oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body), and the platelets (which help the coagulation of the blood). The advantage of this technique is that it is straight forward and simple to carry out. Furthermore the time taken to prepare the patient is considerably reduced, and it enables a higher tolerance level which means that the patient can continue to live life normally immediately after the session, and with clear results regarding the level of lipids’’.


The Vithas Promise: Stability, and permanent long-term investment.


On an annual basis the Vithas Group care for more than 2.000.000 patients in their 12 hospitals and 13 highly specialised Vithas Health clinics. The hospitals are located in Alicante, Almería, Granada, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lleida, Madrid, Málaga, Vigo and Vitoria-Gasteiz. The Vithas Health centers are situated in Málaga, Lleida, Almería and Pontevedra. The goal of Vithas is to provide a high quality healthcare service by permanently investing in the improvement of infrastructures, and technological advancements. Their growth strategy is based upon geographical diversification and sustainability. In this way the group are consolidating their presence in Spain through organic growth, and new purchases.



About Vithas Xanit International Hospital


Vithas Xanit International Hospital (www.xanit.es), has a work force made up of more than 680 professionals, and has  13.000 m2 of floor space distributed over five floors with 110 individual patient rooms. Furthermore, within our Xanit Oncology Institute (IOX) there is a Radio Oncological Centre called Xanit Limonar, dedicated to treating cancers using the latest most inivative technologies, techniques and therapies in radiotherapy and medical Oncology. Xanit also has a specialist centre, Xanit Fuengirola, which brings the medical team to you with the same high standard of quality and customer care. There is also a centre dedicated to health and wellbeing within the El Corte Ingles department store on Avenida de Andalucía in Málaga called Xanit Salud.




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