Karla Colnar

Scoliosis surgery

„In 2020 I was diagnosed with scoliosis, a deformation of the spine. At that time, the degree of scoliosis was such that it was necessary to be treated with an orthosis. After some time, it got worse despite orthotic treatment and on the recommendation of my orthopedist, I was referred for further consultation. Through acquaintances, my parents and I heard about Vladimir Kovač, M.D., Ph.D., as the greatest Croatian expert in the treatment of children's scoliosis and spinal deformities. We did the first examination shortly after the first contact with the doctor and he recommended the surgery. Prof. Kovač was honest and objectively explained to us what kind of surgery it was and what the risks were, which particularly impressed us. Shortly after our conversation, we decided to have surgery. Prof. Vladimir Kovač recommended treatment at the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital as one of the top institutions that can perform preoperative preparation and postoperative care, as well as the operation itself, at the highest level. We arrived at the hospital the day before the operation and stayed in the hospital suite, which was spacious and pleasant to stay in. The surgery was already on the second day and almost completely painless, and I was sitting on the second day after the surgery and on the third day I was already walking. After seven days I was discharged for home treatment. The whole experience was beyond all our expectations. All this would not have been possible without the great experience, knowledge and expertise of prof. Vladimir Kovač and his team who performed the operation flawlessly. The service itself, from the first to the last day of hospital stay, was at the highest level. We were especially impressed by the care and concern of the medical team on the 3rd floor of the St. Catherine Specilty Hospital and all the physiotherapists to whom we can only say a big thank you for everything. We would especially like to thank prof. Dr. Vladimir Kovač for his care, approach to the patient, professionalism and expertise. At the same time, all praise to the team of the St. Catherine Specilty Hospital for the extremely professional service, kindness, warm approach and smile they had at every step. We sincerely want to recommend the St. Catherine Specilty Hospital.“

The patient underwent scoliosis surgery. The procedure was performed by Vladimir Kovač, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Michal Pluta


Lumbar Laminectomy and Insertion of the Interspinous Implant

Kevin Wayne Priest

United Kingdom

Lumbar Microdiscectomy Surgery

Having recently moved to Slovenia with an existing spine problem, a new friend recommended St. Catherine Specialty Hospital to me. After a quick check, I found it was only 2 hours drive so I contacted the Hospital and was booked in for a consultation within days. As I am originally from the UK, I had no experience of Hospitals in Croatia. So, on the very first visit any concerns I had were gone as every staff member impressed me so much - everyone was very helpful, efficient and professional and that gave me huge confidence in knowing I was dealing with the right people. I booked in for my surgery with Marjan Rožanković, M.D., Ph.D., Consultant Neurosurgeon only 1 week later where I had amazing care and I really can’t thank everyone enough. If any of my friends or family were unfortunate enough to need a hospital, I would have no hesitation recommending St. Catherine Hospital to them.

The patient underwent lumbar microdiscectomy surgery. The surgery was performed by Marjan Rožanković, M.D., Ph.D., Consultant Neurosurgeon.

Kosta Minovski


I am very satisfied with the service in St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. The approach of the medical staff, the professionalism and expertise of Marin Lozić, M.D., Ph.D., specialist of anesthesiology and subspecialist of intensive care and Marjan Rožanković, M.D., Ph.D., consultant neurosurgeon, as well as the complete service – everything is at a very high level. That is why I always return to St. Catherine Hospital regarding my health problems. Sincere recommendations to all.

In the photo with Marin Lozić, M.D., Ph.D., specialist of anesthesiology and subspecialist of intensive care

Hasan Mujakić

Bosnia and Herzegovina

I would like to thank the entire team of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, from doctors to nurses, for their kindness and complete service. I underwent all specialist examinations in St. Catherine and finally spinal surgery.

I will recommend your services to everyone and emphasize the kindness of your team and the expertise of medical work.

The patient underwent lumbar microdiscectomy and the procedure was performed by Krešimir Saša Đurić, M.D., Ph. D., specialist in Neurosurgery.

Satoshi Ishii

MMA fighter and Olympic winner in judo

I am very satisfied with the overall service at St. Catharine Hospital. Everyone is very kind and the expertise of the doctors is great.

Goran Janošević


My problems started in the lumbar spine. I was examined by a neurosurgeon and a physiatrist. There was no talk of surgery. I went into physical therapy. The therapies were well thought out. All compliments to physiotherapist Nina. The whole process is very professional and motivating. The concept consists of a series of exercises. The result is excellent and the pains are reduced. I recommend this wonderful hospital to anyone with the same and similar disabilities.

Božica Dolenac


I entrusted my long-standing spine pain problem to the vertebrology team of St. Catherine Hospital. I was rehabilitated after an individual intervention procedure.

My husband successfully treated his knee pain at the Orthopedic Center and underwent a detailed diagnostic treatment, and now our quality of life has improved significantly after targeted and personalized treatment.

I look forward to finding many health conditions in one place quickly and accurately in the hands of the best professionals. This is a hospital whose staff has proven that their patients come first. Always ready to help and even if the have to get out of their way, they have an understanding of the patient's issues and many issues that plague us when we see a doctor. So far, we have entrusted every health problem to them and will continue to recommend them with full confidence to everyone, from the bottom of our hearts.

Barbel Haussmann


For almost seven years I’ve had a huge problems with my spine, which kept me from performing my everyday chores or just live my regular life; I couldn’t sit for a long period of time, drive a car, work at a computer, and when I would want to get up I would be in a lot of unbearable pain. That lead me to seek solution in renowned German and American hospitals, and after almost seven years, my frustration became even greater because I experienced no progress, and I could not live normally and deal with everyday life.
A friend of mine recommended St. Catherine Specialty Hospital to me, and I did my due diligence and found out that the hospital was a center of excellence and had amazing medical experts for spinal issues, which lead me to finally come to Croatia and begin with my treatment.
St. Catherine Specialty Hospital team, led by Dr. Darko Perović, after initial investigations, opted for the radio frequency ablation procedure, which is a treatment of nerve branches on the joints of my spine. The procedure lasted only 2 hours, under local anesthesia, and I left the hospital the same day.
Right after coming back from the hospital, I felt much better. All of a sudden, all the daily activities seemed effortless and I didn’t feel any pain and struggle that I felt before. Truly, after a very long time, I felt like I was born again. If you can imagine the feeling of not being able to sit, or water the flowers in your garden, or drive a car, etc. Now, I can do all these things thanks to St. Catherine’s team.
I would once again like to thank St. Catherine Specialty Hospital team from the bottom of my heart for being so amazing and professional and for everything they have done for me. I will always gladly share my experience and recommend St. Catherine hospital to my friends in Germany and other countries.
Thank you, St. Catherine!

Mathieu Carle

KHL Medveščak player

After the surgery in St. Catherine Hospital, I feel great. I don’t feel any pain and I’m looking forward to speedy recovery. It seems I’ll recover even sooner than it was initially thought. Of course, I’d like to get back to the ice rink as soon as possible; I’m a professional ice-hockey player, that’s my life! However, I’m still not at ease with everything, which is normal after a spine surgery, but I’m surprised how good I’ve been feeling and that I can walk and sit down without any trouble.

Ivo Karlović

Tennis player

As a professional athlete and a tennis player, I’ve often had to deal with back injuries, knee injuries, shoulder and other joint injuries. In these cases, it’s crucial to quickly and accurately diagnose the source of the problem so that I could return to the court as soon as possible. In these cases, it’s comforting to know that I can rely on such a professional, kind and trustworthy team led by Dr. Borić who has always been and will continue to be ready to help me.

Ranko Vučinić

KHL Medveščak spokesperson

We had full confidence in experts of St. Catherine Hospital, and that was why we chose St. Catherine Hospital for Mathieu Carle’s spinal surgery. After that, St. Catherine Specialty hospital is for us and our players the first and only choice.

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