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Paediatric Orthopaedics Unit

Paediatric Orthopaedics Unit

Paediatric Orthopaedics Unit

The Arthroscopic Surgery Unit (UCA, according to the Spanish acronym) of Dr. Mikel Sánchez expands its services in Vitoria-Gasteiz with the incorporation of two of the best international specialists in paediatric traumatology and orthopaedics and microsurgery. Doctors Gorka Knörr and Francisco Soldado will lead the start-up process of the new paediatric orthopaedics and traumatology unit, the only one of its kind in the northern area of Spain, which will allow these patients to be treated without having to travel to other cities such as Barcelona or Madrid.

The UCA, a pioneering centre in traumatology and orthopaedic surgery led by Dr. Mikel Sánchez in Vitoria-Gasteiz, takes an important step in its commitment to alleviate and minimise the functional limitation of its patients by incorporating a unit aimed exclusively at the infancy stage. The new team, which will be headed by doctors Knörr and Soldado, will allow children with complex conditions or pathologies to be treated in the capital city of Alava. Until now, these children had to be referred to other cities such as Barcelona or Madrid, because up until now, there was no similar unit in the Basque Country or in the entire northern part of Spain.

Both specialists, international experts in the fields of paediatric traumatology and orthopaedics and microsurgery, will soon begin to assist their patients one day a week at the facilities of the UCA, which are located at the Vithas San José Hospital.

Medical team

Gorka Knörr

Gorka Knörr, an orthopaedic surgeon and paediatric orthopaedic
surgeon from Vitoria
, who has fulfilled his academic education
mainly in France, has lead in recent years the paediatric traumatology
departments of the Sant Joan de Déu and Vall d'Hebron hospitals
in Barcelona.

By joining the UCA, Knörr also achieves one of his personal objectives: to bring the knowledge he has acquired in other parts of the country to his home town so that children and families in Vitoria can benefit from it. In recent years Knörr has devoted part of his time carrying out more than twenty cooperation missions in Burkina Faso, Vietnam, Benin or Bolivia.


Francisco Soldado

Dr. Francisco Soldado is one of the best specialists in paediatric microsurgery,
fundamental in surgical interventions of the upper extremities of children.
Malformations, cerebral palsy, arthrogryposis or fractures take part in
Dr. Soldado's agenda, together with pathologies of obstetric brachial palsy
and tetraplegia or innovative limb reconstruction operations through microsurgery.


Until now, paediatric trauma was closely linked to general trauma, and for this reason there was not a large group of professionals specialized in the infancy stage. As there is no formal training in Spain, unlike in France, it is a field in start-up phase.

However, thanks to these two new additions and to the research work of the UCA, this new unit aims to form an elite project in paediatric traumatology and orthopaedics at European level, thus focusing on a specialty that, until now, has had to always live in the shadow of adults.