Imelda Hospital

Bonheiden, Belgium

Bonheiden, Belgium

Overview

Overview

Imelda Hospital is part of the largest Imelda Healthcare System that also includes two dialysis centers and a health care center and that is spread between Brussels and Antwerp in the Mechelen region. The Hospital's centers of excellence include the departments of cardiovascular surgery and cardiology, orthopedics, and general surgery.

Location

Imelda Hospital is located 24 km away from Brussels Airport. It can be reached via car in approximately 30 minutes.

Visitors can also reach the hospital via the IC train and the route 681 bus. The closest public transportation stop is Bonheiden Kanonniersweg.

Languages spoken

English

Procedures

Procedures

245 procedures across 21 specialties

>Cardiology

(23 procedures)

Aortic Valve Repair

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Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure

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Atrioventricular Septal Defect (AVSD) Treatment

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>Dermatology

(8 procedures)

Acne Treatment

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  • Acne is caused by the oil glands in the skin becoming blocked by sebum, skin cells and hair. Most people will suffer with a degree of acne in their lives, but for some it can be severe and can cause low self-esteem. For patients with very severe or persistent acne, treatment can help alleviate symptoms and reduce scarring.

  • Learn more about Acne Treatment

Dermabrasion

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  • Dermabrasion is a skin treatment which uses friction to remove the upper layers of skin. Once the top layers of the skin are removed, it stimulates the growth of new skin to replace the damaged skin once the wound heals, which is smoother skin.

  • 1 - 2 days
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Dermatology Consultation

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  • A dermatology consultation is a meeting with a dermatologist, to discuss a specific skin problem and explore treatment options. A dermatologist specializes in treating skin, hair, and nails. Common conditions which patients may consult with a dermatologist about are psoriasis, acne treatment, mole removal, and laser skin resurfacing treatment.

  • 1 - 2 days
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>Diagnostic Imaging

(10 procedures)

Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD)

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Chest X-Ray

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CT Scan (Computed Tomography)

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  • A computerized tomography (CT) scan, which may also be referred to as a CAT scan, is scan which uses a series of X-rays to create detailed images of the body. The scan is performed to create images of the inside of the body, including bones, internal organs, and blood vessels.

  • 3 - 7 weeks

    Patients will need to attend a follow up consultation once the results are processed.

  • Learn more about CT Scan (Computed Tomography)

>Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

(14 procedures)

Laryngoscopy

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Mastoidectomy

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Myringoplasty

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  • Myringoplasty, also referred to as tympanoplasty, is a surgical procedure to repair a perforated eardrum (the tympanic membrane) usually caused by infection or trauma.

  • 2 weeks

    The surgeon should ensure that eardrum has healed before the patient can fly, as changes in air pressure will affect the eardrum.

  • Learn more about Myringoplasty

>Gastroenterology

(6 procedures)

Cholecystectomy

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  • A cholecystectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove the gallbladder. The gallbladder is an organ located below the liver, which serves the function of collecting and storing bile, which is the fluid produced by the liver, before breaking it down and releasing it into the small intestine.

  • 1 - 2 weeks

    Some patients will have dissolvable stitches, whereas others return after 7 days to have them removed. Patients who have open surgery will need a longer recovery time.

  • Learn more about Cholecystectomy

Colonoscopy

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  • A colonoscopy is an examination of the large intestine, the colon and rectum, using a small camera.

  • 3 - 4 days

    Patients should arrive at least 2 days before the colonoscopy, as the bowel needs to be cleared the day before the procedure. Patients who have interventional treatment during the colonoscopy, e.g. removal of a polyp, may need slightly longer to recover.

  • Learn more about Colonoscopy

Gastroenterology Consultation

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>General Surgery

(17 procedures)

Adrenalectomy

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  • Adrenalectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove one or both of the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are located above each kidney and are part of the endocrine system, responsible for releasing hormones into the body, in order to regulate the immune system, metabolism, and blood sugar levels.

  • Learn more about Adrenalectomy

Appendectomy

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  • An appendectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the appendix. The appendix is located where the small and large intestine meet and its function is not known. The appendix is usually removed as an emergency procedure when the patient has appendicitis, which is the inflammation of the appendix.

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Breast Lumpectomy

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>Gynecology

(29 procedures)

Bartholin's Cyst Treatment

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  • This procedure treats a Bartholin's cyst through incision and drainage. A Bartholin's cyst is a small fluid filled sac just inside the vagina. The cyst forms on the Bartholin's gland which is a gland that produces fluid that lubriates the vagina, when the glands become blocked. The cyst ranges in size and generally varies between the size of a pea, to the size of marble. If the Bartholin's cyst becomes infected, it is usually referred to as a Bartholin's abscess and generally requires drainage.

  • 2 - 3 days

    It is usually safe to fly afterwards, but depending on the type of procedure, there may be a follow up visit required - e.g. to remove a drainage catheter.

  • Learn more about Bartholin's Cyst Treatment

Breast Biopsy

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Breast Exam

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>Maxillofacial Surgery

(6 procedures)

Facial Paralysis Treatment

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Facial Tumor Removal

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Jaw Fracture Treatment

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>Neonatology

(3 procedures)

Intersex Consultation

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Neonatology Consultation

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Tracheoplasty

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>Neurology

(6 procedures)

Alzheimer's Disease Consultation

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Consultation

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Epilepsy Treatment

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  • Epilepsy treatment aims to treat and manage epilepsy, a neurological disorder that can cause seizures that can lead to loss of consciousness or strange behavior. Epilepsy occurs when there is an abnormality in the brain, whereby nerve cell activity increases and disrupts neuron activity.

  • weeks

    The time spent abroad depends on the type of epilepsy treatment that the patient receives.

  • Learn more about Epilepsy Treatment

>Neurosurgery

(6 procedures)

Brachial Plexus Injury Treatment

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Brain Aneurysm Repair

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  • Brain aneurysm repair is a surgical procedure performed to repair a brain aneurysm that has the potential to rupture, or has already ruptured.

  • weeks

    Time spent abroad depends on the type of brain aneurysm being treated. Unruptured aneurysms tend to have a quicker recovery process than ruptured aneurysms.

  • Learn more about Brain Aneurysm Repair

Brain Tumor Surgery

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  • Brain tumor surgery is performed by a neurosurgeon to remove all or part of a tumor from the brain.

  • 6 - 8 weeks

    This depends on the surgery performed, whether the patient needs rehabilitation, and on how well the patient recovers.

  • Learn more about Brain Tumor Surgery

>Oncology

(27 procedures)

Acute Leukemia Treatment

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  • Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood cells in the body. It usually begins in the bone marrow where an abnormality occurs in the white blood cells. Normal blood cells form, divide, and die to make room for new cells. Leukemia disrupts this process and prevents the blood cells from functioning properly.

  • weeks

    The length of stay abroad will depend on the treatment plan and the patient's response to treatment.

  • Learn more about Acute Leukemia Treatment

Bladder Cancer Treatment

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Breast Cancer Treatment

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  • Breast cancer treatment varies depending on the stage of the cancer and whether or not the cancer has spread. Cancer occurs when there is an abnormality in cell growth, which causes the cells to divide and grow quickly when the cell should die to make room for new cells.

  • weeks

    The time spent abroad will depend on the treatment. If chemotherapy or radiotherapy are the methods of treatment, then multiple sessions are likely to be required which may mean a longer stay than with surgery.

  • Learn more about Breast Cancer Treatment

>Orthopedics

(33 procedures)

Achilles Tendon Rupture

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Ankle Arthroscopy

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Ankle Fracture Treatment

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>Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

(5 procedures)

Bone and Joint Screening

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Lymphatic Drainage Massage

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Orthopedic Rehabilitation

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>Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

(5 procedures)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Treatment

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Cystic Fibrosis Treatment

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Lung Biopsy

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>Reproductive Medicine

(8 procedures)

Artificial Insemination

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  • Artificial insemination is the direct insertion of sperm into a woman's uterus, cervix, or fallopian tubes with the aim of achieving pregnancy. By directly inserting the sperm, it makes easier for the sperm to travel and fertilize the egg.

  • 5 - 7 days
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Egg Freezing

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  • Egg freezing is the process of harvesting and freezing a number of matured female eggs for use in future IVF procedures.

  • 2 weeks

    As the process around ovary stimulation can take several weeks, it is best to discuss the logistical practicalities with your physician.

  • Learn more about Egg Freezing

Embryo Freezing

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  • Embryo freezing, also referred to as embryo cryopreservation, is the freezing of embryos for use in future. It is often performed as part of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle when there are more embryos produced than can be implanted into the uterus at one time.

  • 1 weeks

    Usually embryo freezing is performed following IVF treatment. It takes several weeks for the woman's natural cycle to be suppressed, the egg stimulation, egg retrieval, egg fertilization, and embryo cultivation to take place.

  • Learn more about Embryo Freezing

>Rheumatology

(6 procedures)

Fibromyalgia Treatment

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Lupus Erythematosus Treatment

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Consultation

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>Urology

(15 procedures)

Circumcision

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  • Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the foreskin which covers the glans penis (the tip of the penis). The procedure can be done by cutting around the foreskin with a scalpel, under either a local or general anesthetic. In young patients, there is also the option to use a compression ring, which is applied and causes the foreskin to fall off after several weeks.

  • 4 days

    Although patients can usually fly straight away, it may be uncomfortable sitting for a long flight.

  • Learn more about Circumcision

Cystoscopy

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Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

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>Vascular Medicine

(14 procedures)

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

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Angiography

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  • Angiography, which may also be referred to as arteriography or angiogram, is a procedure performed to examine the inside of blood vessels, arteries, and veins through the use of images X-ray images.

  • 1 - 2 days
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Angioplasty

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>General Medicine

(2 procedures)

Medical Examination

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  • A medical examination, also called medical checkup or health checkup, is a general examination of a patient's health. Having a medical checkup can help to identify problems early on, even before symptoms show. A checkup can also give patients peace of mind if they are worried about their health.

  • 3 - 4 days

    Medical checkups can be combined with sightseeing or shopping trips.

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Vaccination

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>Nephrology

(2 procedures)

Kidney Dialysis

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  • Kidney dialysis is a treatment which usually involves using a machine to take over kidney function to filter toxins, waste, and excess fluid from the body. The treatment is required by patients whose kidneys are not functioning properly.

  • Learn more about Kidney Dialysis

Nephrology Consultation

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More about available treatments at Imelda Hospital

The laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair and the laparoscopic gall bladder operation are some of the most sought after procedures at Imelda Hospital.

Other common procedures include resynchronization therapy, rhythm surgery, defibrillator implants, peripheral vascular operations, coronary revascularization, and valve surgery.

Staff

Staff

The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Department of Imelda Hospital has four renowned surgeons who treat patients with top-quality care. Doctors Luc Haenen and Herve Deferm are specialists in cardiac surgery such as coronary bypass procedures, valve surgery, arrhythmia ablation for arrhythmia, and pacemaker implants. Doctors Jurgen Verbist and Patrick Peeters perform thoracic and arterial vascular surgery and endovascular operations, including phlebology (laser treatment for varicose veins).

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