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QualihealtH - Overview

QualihealtH is responsible for the International Medical Department for several Hospitals and Clinics, focusing exclusively on the foreign patient. QualihealtH is an integral part of the Hospitals and Clinics that we work with and this is one of the main reasons why we can offer you a Premium Service.

In Lisbon, QualihealtH is part of St. Louis Hospital and Campo Grande Clinic, cooperating since 2016 with outstanding results. We are working together in two main areas:

·       - Aestetic Surgery;

·       - Urology – Benign Prostatic Embolization (BPE), Prostatic Cancer and Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)


Up North, Qualihealth is managing Hospital de Santa Maria – Porto International Department since 2014. This is a Portuguese reference private health unit and one of the oldest hospitals in the country. The Hospital has been an example in modernization, entrepreneurship and excellence in Health. It was the first private health unit to have its Quality system certified with the standard ISO 9001.

Internationally known in areas of Orthopaedics (Traumatology and Sports Medicine), in which the Hospital specialized throughout more than a century, it has a clinical team with much value and prestige.

We can also offer you renowned physicians in Aestetic Surgery in Hospital Santa Maria, if you prefer to undergo your treatment in Oporto.

The patient is the heart of the whole process. At Qualihealth we aim at keeping your journey through this medical process as simple and efficient as possible. We will be there at each step of the way.

QualihealtH's dynamic partnership with Hospital St. Louis lead to Dr. Pisco pioneering the innovative and minimally invasive Arterial Embolazation.

International Patients

Our existence is based on your needs. Our expertise and experience will provide you the best medical assistance and we will guide you throughout the whole process. Our presence will be constant and continuous to support you, because your well-being is our main purpose.

We have staff members always present in all our Facilities to assist you, so it means that one member of our team will always be with you, offering you a personalized assistance with every detail you might need. Our staff is well equipped to deal with language and cultural barriers, minimizing them. We will provide simultaneous translation in all situations (even at the Doctor’s office if necessary) and we will translate all the documents you might need. With our procedure, you can avoid bureaucracy, focusing only in what matters the most, your health.

With QualihealtH you can count on a wide health care centers network, with all kinds of medical and surgical possibilities at your disposal, in Lisbon and Oporto.

Prostatic Hyperplasia

QualihealtH is presenting an innovator procedure to help patients with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). It is called Prostatic Arterial Embolization (PAE) and it has been shown to be safe and effective inducing prostatic volume reduction in patients suffering from BPH.

The procedure is minimally invasive (without any incision and leaving no scar) and is performed under local anesthesia, without pain or other symptoms, with short hospitalization, immediate improvement and short recovery. Hospitalization only lasts a few hours and almost all patients go home after dinner, if the blood pressure is normal, even if they live several hundred kilometers away from Lisbon. In this period, there will be a permanent contact with the medical team to assess complaints or clarify any doubts. 

The excellence of the procedure is due to a multidisciplinary team led by Professor Martins Pisco and Professor Tiago Bilhim, renowned physicians, pioneers in this field. Medical teams are coming all over the world to learn from Dr. Pisco about this procedure.

Embolization is a very safe technique, with a very large success rate and unlike the prostatectomy, in which some patients are left with sexual dysfunction, sexual function is not affected in Embolization. None of the 1000 treated patients had sexual function affected. Actually, the sexual performance improved in about a third of the treated patients and in the remaining persisted as it was.

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids, are the most common benign tumor in women and may cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain and pressure related symptoms such as urinary incontinence, urinary frequency and pressure over the bladder. They may be a cause of infertility or cause pain during sexual intercourse.

Over 1100 patients underwent Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), an alternative procedure, minimally invasive, instead of the traditional surgical treatment. Of those, over 800 were treated as outpatient procedure and discharged from the hospital 4 to 8 hours after the procedure.


The blockage of the tiny vessels which supply blood to the fibroids leads to starvation of the fibroids and cause their death and sequential shrink. At 6 months, the reduction of volume of the fibroids will be 20 – 80 % and the overall uterine volume reduction will be 20 – 50%. However the volume reduction will continue up to 5 years. At this time, the successfully treated fibroids will be calcified, that means they will not grow. More important than the percentage of reduction of the fibroid and uterus is the rate of ischemia of fibroid, that is, the percentage of reduction of the blood flow that should be greater than 90% for a good prognosis. In this case it means that the fibroids will not grow again. Uterine fibroid embolization reduces bleeding, urinary frequency and abdominal enlargement in over 90% of women who undergo the procedure.

Similarly, the quality of life will improve after Embolization.

Pregnancy after the Embolization

Pregnancy is possible after embolization and 57 patients, who could not get pregnant were able to give birth. 44 of them had their children without any complication.

UFE is considered successful if there is clinical improved and fibroid ischemia over 90%. The success of UFE in our facilities is over 90%.

Specialties at QualihealtH


  • Transportation services
  • Personal escort available
  • Private nurse available
  • Insurance coordination
  • Interpreters available on demand


  • Family members can stay with patient
  • Accommodation arrangements


  • Private Rooms
  • Recovery facilities
  • Phone in rooms
  • Internet connection
  • Pharmacy


  • ISO 9001


  • English
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Ukrainian


  • Doctors have liability insurance
  • Hospitals has liability insurance
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