One of the most complex orthopedic interventions on the lower extremities in a child suffering from brittle bone disease was performed in St. Catherine Specialty Hospital
Right after the surgery, Mrs Alla Rotar from Russia, a mother of a child who underwent this complex surgery at St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, said: "Because of this world-renowned hospital's excellence in service, I entrusted my child to the doctors of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital with the utmost confidence, after we have gone through treatment difficulties in Germany and Israel.
I would like to thank everyone in Croatia who have accepted me and my child with so much care, especially prof. dr. Darko Antičević, dr. sc. Željko Jeleč, and Prof. Dr. Dragan Primorac, as well as all the staff of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital." Her child’s diagnosis showed that due to the deformation of the right shin that occurred after the previous surgery, it was necessary to remove the existing implants, then make the correction of the deformation and to prepare the bone for the implantation of a telescopic nail that stabilizes the bone and fixes its final parts.
About 60 physicians and students from 10 countries around the world were able to watch a live video stream of the surgery performed under St. Catherine Specialty Hospital professional team's guidance lead by prof. dr. Antičević and dr. sc. Željko Jeleč.
At the same time, during the entire day there was a "St. Catherine Hospital Symposium on Advanced Orthopedic Treatment of Osteogenesis Imperfecta" at St. Catherine Specialty Hospital,. Osteogenesis Imperfecta is a genetic illness associated with frequent bone fractures, decreased level of growth, hearing disorders, and numerous other complications which may affect almost all organ systems. During the first part of the Symposium, there were plenary lectures held by prominent lecturers, who gave the attendees a closer input on the disease's characteristics and treatments, ranging from molecular and diagnostic to clinical aspects, and presented them with current treatment options. On this occasion, prof. Dragan Primorac explained the molecular basis for the development of the illness. He was followed by prof. Wolfgang Hoppner, who presented the concepts of molecular diagnostics and emphasized the importance of early detection of Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Doc. Igor Borić presented the methods of radiological diagnostics. On behalf of the Faculty of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, prof. Hrvoje Brkić, presented Dentinogenesis Imperfecta as one of the manifestations of this disease which affects the dental system. Whereas, Doc. dr. Hudetz presented in detail the mechanical properties of the bones in patients with Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
A visiting lecturer, a world-renowned Israeli paediatic orthopaedist, Dr. Dror Ovadia shared with the audience his unique experiences and results of scoliosis surgery in these types of patients, which are recognized as the highest medical achievements in this field of medicine. Prof. Darko Antičević, one of the most well-known European paediatric orthopaedists and the president of the European Paedriatic Orthopaedic Society, has announced new treatment possibilities for the patients afflicted with this disease, which will be a significant step forward in the treatment of this disease. He stated with true confidence that the experts of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, world's center of excellence, accept the most difficult cases of this illness without exception and have achieved exceptional results by treating numerous patients who haven't had promising prospects until they have given them a chance for better quality of living. It should be noted that all present lecturers agreed on the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and personalized approach to each patient as the only correct way to deal with the possible challenges of this disease in the future.