Foreign patients

General presentation

Created in 1970, Clinique de la Sauvegarde is a key local player and the private hospital where the first coeliosurgery worldwide was performed in 1987 with Dr. Mouret.


It has maintained a long tradition of modern medical practice and is renowned in many areas among which digestive, orthopaedic, cardiac, spine surgery, cardiovascular and cancer treatments.


In 2016 Clinique de la Sauvegarde treated 13 500 inpatients, 12 400 outpatients, performed 6 700 chemotherapies and handled 18 700 emergency cases.


Clinique de la Sauvegarde is part of Capio group which is the pioneer in France in Enhanced Rehabilitation After Surgery – “ERAS ©” implementation with several “first” daycare surgeries for hip and knee prosthesis, digestive surgery …


The facility provides a complete and state-of-the-art environment to support the Medical teams:

  • 24/7 emergencies services
  • Intensive & Continuous Care Departments with a dedicated area for Cardiology
  • On-site significant diagnostic services (biology, imaging: scanners-MRIs, nuclear medicine: PET Scan, …)
  • Mini-invasive surgical equipment in digestive, spine, orthopaedics, cardiac specialties …
  • Dedicated Hybrid Operating Rooms for cardiac & vascular treatments (1st private Center in Lyon with 830 cardiac surgeries in 2016)
  • 24/7 presence on the premises of an anaesthesiologist and cardiologist.


The facility expanded in 2010 to welcome new medical teams and is currently finalizing the refurbishing of the initial building.


Last but not least, from Sept 2017 it will also offer an HeliPort area for emergencies.


Certification, Quality & Security

The Hospital is certified by the “Haute Autorité de Santé », the French national certification Body with “A” grades in areas as critical as Pain management, Infectious risk, Medical file traceability, Hospital-acquired infection prevention, Proper Antibiotics use, Hand hygiene and Multi Resistant Bacteria.


Patient satisfaction is closely monitored and was 99% for day care surgery in 2016 (7 154 respondents; “% of patients globally satisfied by their stay”).


Medical teams expertise

The hospital is renowned for its expertise in “RRAS” or “ERAS®” pathways in various specialties, which is for instance illustrated by the extremely high outpatient ratio (68% excl. cardiac surgery) on surgeries which generally are inpatients surgeries.  This is for instance the case for digestive surgery, with the first worldwide day care colectomy in 2013 and an average inpatient stay of 1,1 day for bariatric surgery in 2016.


In the cardiac area, the use of the state-of-the-art low invasive TAVI technic is expanding fast with 120 cases in 2016.


The orthopaedic team also has a significant experience in knee, hip and shoulder surgeries.


Clinique de la Sauvegarde is regularly mentioned within the Honor Role of French National mainstream Press (Le Point 2016, L’Express 2015).


Below, latest honoured specialties at national level:


Bariatric Surgery (1)

Cholecystectomy surgery (1)

Myocardal infarction (8)

Pacemakers (34)

Cardiac surgery (3)

Coronary revascularization (7)

Cruciate Ligament surgery (16)



A Scientific & Research Division carrying 60 scientific studies contributes, in collaboration with involved practitioners, to various Medical Scientific Societies (SOFCO, SOFCOT, SFAR, SFA, ESSKA, EFORT…).  It also welcomes fellows for Academic training in anaesthesia/intensive care, surgery & medicine. In orthopaedics only, over 50 surgeons come to visit every year, 4 fellowship programs took place in Knee and Hip sports medicine and 2 résidency programs were conducted.


Special interests for International Patients

The complete technical environment combined with medical expertise constitutes the high secured and performing care service a patient can expect. Enhanced Recovery principles will also allow the international patient to better recover earlier, reducing to the minimum the length of stay in the hospital.


If you are an individual interested in getting treatment at our facility and have not yet been in contact with a facilitator, please note that Capio has engaged a close collaboration with the following companies based in France:

Indeed we do not handle direct requests from patients, except if they are addressed by an insurance.


Contact Details

Clinique de la Sauvegarde is located in Lyon.
Address: 480 avenue David Ben Gourion, CP 309, 69337 LYON CEDEX 09




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Clinique de la Sauvegarde

Avenue David Ben Gourion, CP 309
69337 LYON CEDEX 09
0826 106 969 Depuis l'étranger : 04 20 10 10 51 04 72 17 17 23