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Antwerp University Hospital (UZA) first opened in 1979. It was formerly a university clinic affiliated with University of Antwerp—a publicly funded and fully accredited Belgian university. UZA is an excellent academic center, a leading clinical research institute, and home to 2,800 employees who provide impeccable care and specialized treatment to some 650,000 patients each year.
The main specialties at the hospital include dermatology, digestive oncology, head and neck cancer, musculoskeletal oncology, endocrinology, neuro-oncology, gynecology, breast cancer, thoracic oncology, hematology, uro-oncology, and pediatric oncology.
UZA is situated 7 km away from Antwerp International Airport. It is accessible via car in approximately 15 minutes. Visitors can also reach UZA via public transit (bus lines 53, 141, 33, 22, and 52) in approximately 40 minutes.
Nearby bus stations include Edegem W. Herreynsstraat (650 m away) and Wilrijk Kerkhofstraat (190 m away).
245 procedures across 21 specialties
Aortic Valve Repair+ More
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure+ More
Atrioventricular Septal Defect (AVSD) Treatment+ More
Acne Treatment+ More
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.
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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+ More
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)+ More
Chest X-Ray+ More
CT Scan (Computed Tomography)+ More
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.
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>Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)(14 procedures)
Myringoplasty, also referred to as tympanoplasty, is a surgical procedure to repair a perforated eardrum (the tympanic membrane) usually caused by infection or trauma.
The surgeon should ensure that eardrum has healed before the patient can fly, as changes in air pressure will affect the eardrum.
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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.
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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.
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Gastroenterology Consultation+ More
>General Surgery(17 procedures)
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.
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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+ More
Bartholin's Cyst Treatment+ More
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.
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Breast Biopsy+ More
Breast Exam+ More
>Maxillofacial Surgery(6 procedures)
Facial Paralysis Treatment+ More
Facial Tumor Removal+ More
Jaw Fracture Treatment+ More
Intersex Consultation+ More
Neonatology Consultation+ More
Alzheimer's Disease Consultation+ More
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Consultation+ More
Epilepsy Treatment+ More
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.
The time spent abroad depends on the type of epilepsy treatment that the patient receives.
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Brachial Plexus Injury Treatment+ More
Brain Aneurysm Repair+ More
Brain aneurysm repair is a surgical procedure performed to repair a brain aneurysm that has the potential to rupture, or has already ruptured.
Time spent abroad depends on the type of brain aneurysm being treated. Unruptured aneurysms tend to have a quicker recovery process than ruptured aneurysms.
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Brain Tumor Surgery+ More
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.
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Acute Leukemia Treatment+ More
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.
The length of stay abroad will depend on the treatment plan and the patient's response to treatment.
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Bladder Cancer Treatment+ More
Breast Cancer Treatment+ More
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.
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.
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Achilles Tendon Rupture+ More
Ankle Arthroscopy+ More
Ankle Fracture Treatment+ More
>Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation(5 procedures)
Bone and Joint Screening+ More
Lymphatic Drainage Massage+ More
Orthopedic Rehabilitation+ More
>Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine(5 procedures)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Treatment+ More
Cystic Fibrosis Treatment+ More
Lung Biopsy+ More
>Reproductive Medicine(8 procedures)
Artificial Insemination+ More
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+ More
Egg freezing is the process of harvesting and freezing a number of matured female eggs for use in future IVF procedures.
As the process around ovary stimulation can take several weeks, it is best to discuss the logistical practicalities with your physician.
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Embryo Freezing+ More
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.
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.
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Fibromyalgia Treatment+ More
Lupus Erythematosus Treatment+ More
Rheumatoid Arthritis Consultation+ More
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.
Although patients can usually fly straight away, it may be uncomfortable sitting for a long flight.
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Erectile Dysfunction Treatment+ More
>Vascular Medicine(14 procedures)
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair+ More
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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>General Medicine(2 procedures)
Medical Examination+ More
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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Kidney Dialysis+ More
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.
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Nephrology Consultation+ More
More about available treatments at Antwerp University Hospital
International patients are drawn to UZA for IMRT Radiotherapy; the hospital owns five different radiotherapy machines for tomotherapy.
Over 400 medical professionals from 38 different medical specialties treat patients at UZA. They are supported by 1,400 nurses and 1,000 hospital staff.
All physicians at Antwerp University Hospital are leaders in their respective fields, having conducted pioneering clinical research programs that are constantly used and developed to generate new treatments for chronic conditions.