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Roland Neff

Switzerland & Thailand

Total Hip Replacement

Michal Pluta

Cyprus

Lumbar Laminectomy and Insertion of the Interspinous Implant

Željko Bošnjak

Croatia

Total Knee Replacement

After many years of knee problems, pain and swelling I decided to consult an orthopedic specialist. A knee examination and an X-ray were performed. Unfortunately, serious damage was found and the only solution was surgery - the implantation of a knee prosthesis. Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon at St. Catherine Specialty Hospital explained the complete procedure to me and gave me all the necessary information about t recovery pace and treatment after the operation.

The surgical procedure was performed in April 2022 and after three days I was released for home care. I felt very well and the second day after the procedure, with the help of a therapist and crutches, I took a short walk down the hospital corridor. I couldn’t believe it was all happening so fast. Dr. Vrdoljak gave me instructions and recommended as much walking as possible to the subjective limit of pain, as well as walking with the help of crutches.

Physical therapy started in an incredibly short time, the fifth day after the operation and very intensively - three times a week for two and a half hours. The therapy itself is one-on-one with the top expertise, patience and kindness of the therapist. The results were visible very quickly and after less than two weeks I stopped using crutches, although I could have done it earlier.

I am now undergoing a second series of physical therapy with ten new exercises of two and a half hours each. I did this at my own request because I felt great and I wanted to get complete personal security and feeling, which is a very important part of recovery.

I want to emphasize the top, professional and human approach of Dr. Vrdoljak and physiotherapist Jelena Kelemen. Although only 5 weeks have passed since the surgery itself, I feel great and my life is getting a whole new quality. Finally, I would like to emphasize the high standard of the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital and the great expertise of the entire team.

The patient underwent the total knee replacement surgery. The surgery was performed by Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon.

Vedran Prelogović

Croatia

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction and Partial Knee Replacement

St. Catherine Specialty Hospital is known as one of the best health care institutions in Croatia. My experience so far with medical staff, physicians and service provided confirms this. I first came to the Hospital in May last year because of a problem with my right knee (pain, difficulty walking). After MRI and the first diagnosis made by prof. Igor Borić, M.D., Ph.D., Radiologist and Hospital Director, I got in touch with Željko Jeleč, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedic Surgeon. Dr. Jeleč explained the details of the surgical procedure and the course of recovery to me in a professional and simple way. I would like to point out that dr. Jeleč is very attentive and professional, and he made the whole process in the period before and after that operation much easier with his calmness and humanity.

Knee surgery (anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and partial knee replacement) was performed in January. Thanks to the extremely friendly, approachable and professional medical staff (nurses and doctors) the five-day stay in the Hospital was very pleasant, which I consider extremely important because they made my fear and anxiety disappear quickly.

I started physical therapy and rehabilitation seven days after surgery with Jelena Kelemen, bacc. physioth. Jelena is attentive, calm, patient and professional, and she helped me a lot to start walking without crutches very soon, to return to my daily activities and to recover towards the desired goal. I would also like to praise other physiotherapists, especially Ivana Glavač, bacc. physioth. with whom I was doing physical therapy for a while.

BIG 'THANK YOU' to the medical staff of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital for everything provided!

The patient underwent the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and partial knee replacement, whereby these two, otherwise standardly separate procedures, were performed for the first time in St. Catherine during the same operation. The surgery was performed by Željko Jeleč, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedic Surgeon.

Aleksandar Škorić

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Joint replacement surgery of both hips in one act with a direct anterior approach

A year and a month after surgery I feel, I can freely say, just like a few years before my problems started, which means that I returned to all my previous activities in full capacity, in terms of active life as a former athlete. There are no more limitations that I felt before the operation, there is no pain but, as dr. Vrdoljak said, I have to be careful and I must not forget that I have undergone surgery. Having that in mind, I still follow all the instructions I got, but the essence is that I returned to normal life, to daily activities, moreover, I returned to certain sports activities, so I can definitely say that I am very pleased that I chose St. Catherine Specialty Hospital and the doctor who performed this operation. I made the right choice for my life.

Aleksandar Škorić

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dr. Ubavka Dizdarević

After several months of searching for a clinic where I would operate a hip destroyed by arthrosis, I decided to go to St. Catherine Specialty Hospital and I did not regret it. Expertise, kindness, professional approach and an atmosphere in which full attention is given to patient really made my recovery easier and faster. Since I am a healthcare professional myself, I notice details that someone else might not and I am really thrilled because nothing is left to chance - from preoperative preparations to postoperative treatment, everything is checked to the smallest detail to ensure the best result. Thanks to the skills of Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon and Ira Đevahira Husedžinović Kliškinjić, M.D., specialist in anesthesiology, reanimatology and intensive care treatment, subspecialist in intensive care treatment, hip replacement surgery with anterior approach allowed me to walk with one crutch after 4-5 days. The wonderful physiotherapist Ivana helped me to walk around the house without crutches after 4-5 treatments wit her. I am also grateful to her for always having a complete, competent and encouraging answer to every one of my questions, and there were many. I warmly recommend everyone who has this or similar problems to contact St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. By chance, I had the opportunity for surgery in one of the best New York hospitals and I responsibly claim that St. Catherine Specialty Hospital is in that rank. Moreover, kindness and communication with the patient is much more pleasant and humane.

In the photo with Ivana Glavač, bacc. physioth.

Hrvoje Koštić

Croatia

Reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament

I am extremely satisfied with the service and the complete medical team at the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, from the initial pleasant and fast communication to the examination and procedure. Everything was extremely comfortable, professional and without waiting. Eduard Rod, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon, explained everything to me in detail, showed on MR scan what the condition is and what is the next step. Every question, every detail, everything was answered to me very clearly and understandably. He is always ready to help and is available for any questions, which I greatly appreciate. I expressed a desire to be awake during the procedure and to watch the procedure itself, which was also made possible for me. Coming to the procedure and preparation was also at an extremely high level. I would like to recommend absolutely the entire medical team, from nurses, doctors, physiotherapists. What I always try to emphasize is the value of something. So, this approach to the patient, the procedure, new technologies, state-of-the-art equipment, the knowledge of each member of the team, it's all worth every penny. You have my recommendation always and everywhere.

The patient underwent anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. The procedure was performed by Eduard Rod, M.D., orthopedic surgeon.

Luka Modrić
Luka Modrić

Croatian Football Team player, Golden Ball winner - World cup 2018, UEFA Men’s player of the 2018, FIFA the best Men’s player of the 2018, Real Madrid player

The service the last two time when I was here was amazing because of great people that are working here. For us it is most important to be healthy and to be free of injury. 

Zoe Rafferty

The Physical Therapy is such a wonderful experience! Everyone is welcoming and kind and made me feel comfortable. The staff is knowledgable and goes above and beyond, and even stayed in contact during the lockdown. They take great care and give their full attention to a strong recovery. I have love my time there!

Dragan Dragojlović

Croatia

Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, performed my knee surgery and immediately after I started with my physiotherapy. The atmosphere in the hospital is very pleasant, the rooms are very clean and well equipped. I was especially impressed by the work with physiotherapist Filip Pancirov. After each treatment, I felt a visible improvement.

Kristina Šorić

Croatia

I underwent surgery of my ankle at the end of May and during the summer I was on rehabilitation in Istria. As I had to return to Zagreb at the end of August, I asked my colleagues in Istria who they can recommend. They recommended St. Catherine. I was pleased because of that because my house is near St Catherine, so I do not have to waste time on travel to the hospital. After the examination at the physiatrist and the conclusion that I was in good condition, I still continued doing physical therapy because I want to get my leg in the best possible state. So, I started doing it with your physical therapist Maja. I liked Maja because she is calm, kind and professional. The equipment is great, the room very clean and all the other personnel kind, happy and professional.

Nataša Košćak

Croatia

''I came to St. Catherine Specialty Hospital by recommendation because of back and shoulder pain. I am now great considering the state I came to the hospital. I could not make any moves with my head. After Emme and Brown therapies I could move my head, look behind my shoulders. Excellent! I have to give compliments to the physiotherapists and all the medical personnel. The atmosphere is very pleasant!

Goran Janošević

Croatia

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.

Damir Dadasović

Croatia

Dr. Damir Hudetz is an exceptional and professional doctor, he explained everything to me. I'm very happy with the physical therapies. I'm feeling better now. I like the staff approach and the way it works. The whole medical staff is friendly and the atmosphere very comfortable.

Kristina Lupinski

Croatia

The injury occurred 15 years ago, after which my knee popped up frequently and I had to watch my every move. After several diagnoses from various experts, I was told that my knee would stabilise when development stopped, but that did not happen. At St. Catherine's Specialty Hospital, Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D. did the reconstruction of the patellofemoral ligament and solved my problem. In the next 2 months, I'll be going to the physical therapy. I feel much better and am grateful to St. Catherine's Hospital. Big thanks to the entire staff, to prim Rod, physiotherapist Daniela on expertise and assistance.

Renata Fucak

Croatia

The atmosphere in physical therapy is great and all the therapists are great, with Maya, there are also dear Ivan, Vesna, Jelena and physical therapist Nino. Very positive and cheerful, great support at all times. I'm very happy with everything. Progress is visible. I feel better and the pain is less.

Dubravko Lončarić

Croatia

Everything was great. Knee surgery with a minimally invasive method went great. The other day I got back on my feet and went home. All doctors and other medical staff are at a very high level. I immediately went into physical therapy. The concept of therapy is excellent. Physiotherapists are expert and kind. Everything is clean. Very comfortable atmosphere.

Bernard Pereković

Croatia

I have only had positive experiences with St. Catherine Hospital, doctors and nurses. The service is at a very high level. My opinion is that doctor Eduard Rod, M.D., Ph.D., is great. He explained everything to me in every detail, very kind, approachable and professional. I knew what to expect from the procedure and what awaited me after the procedure. I had shoulder surgery and everything went fine.

Roko Rogić

BC Cedevita basketball player

It was my first time to here. Everything is just great - top service, very pleasant ambience and kind staff.

Damir Šojat

Croatia

I only have a positive experience with St. Catherine specialty hospital. Before coming here, I was on two orthopedic examinations at other institutions. Each of them had different opinions and their explanations were quite confusing. When I arrived to doctor Eduard Rod, I finally got concrete answers and opinions. I especially appreciate that the doctor was honest and open towards me; he said exactly the way things stand with concrete arguments. With his approach, he gained my trust and I made the decision that I wanted to perform surgery in St. Catherine specialty hospital. My surgery was followed by intensive physiotherapy. The service there was great. I worked with physiotherapist Nino who had a completely individual approach towards me. My experiences with therapies are also very positive; I came to therapy with two crutches, and now I can walk without them.

Vlado Kljak

Croatia

From one to ten, St. Catherine Hospital is ten +! Fantastic staff… all very friendly, all doctors, anesthesiologist, surgeon, nurses… all great. I came to St. Catherine Hospital for her great confidence. Knee surgery went great. All my expectations were absolutely met.

Marijo Mumić

Croatia

I must point out that my choice for treatment in St. Catherine specialty hospital prevailed precisely because of the excellent medical accessibility. There is an exceptional will of Eduard Rod, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon, who performed my surgery; I got an answer to every question I asked him, everything was explained to me accurately and in detail and I was instructed in every step. For now, I can say that everything is great; the pain is common considering the procedure and the short period passed since the surgery. I also started going to St. Catherine specialty hospital physiotherapy center. Everything impressed me, from the service to the medical team.

Dinka Kulić

Croatian volleyball team player

I have only words of recommendation for St. Catherine Hospital. The operation in Zabok went great. Complete service and professionalism St. Catherine Hospital is at the highest level. The ambiance is great, everything is very clean and tidy. The medical staff is very nice and approachable. After surgery, I proceeded with physical therapies at St. Catherine Hospital and they helped me a lot. I feel great now.

Petra Babić

Croatia

Eduard Rod, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon performed my surgery in April and it went excellent. I started the physiotherapy very quickly. Everything is truly great and I have no complaints. I am very satisfied with everything. I can walk without crutches and I have no pain. I have worked on physiotherapies with Maja and Ivana and I am very pleased with their work and my progress.

Anita Karaman

Croatia

I wanted so much to be treated at St. Catherine Hospital that even from Dubrovnik I came to Zagreb for physical therapy. The reason why I chose St. Catherine Hospital is because of an exceptional reputation and all the positive comments I have heard so far. When I arrived at the hospital, I was particularly impressed by this freshness, cleanliness and attitude towards people. I gained a great deal of confidence in St. Catherine Hospital that exceeded my expectations. I came here after a cramp injury, my legs were shaking, I was in terrible pain. I'm feeling much better now, and the pain has decreased a lot. I'm in great shape, all thanks to my dear Mrs. Maja. I'm actually sad it's over. If I could I would take Mrs. Maja with me to Dubrovnik. All praise for the staff and service. High quality and great kindness.

Irina Želez

Croatia

After my injury, I wanted to entrust my health only in the best hands. I do pole dancing and, therefore, the best medical expertise of the St. Catherine specialty hospital was crucial in choosing it, also on the recommendation of my coach who as well performed surgery on his hip in this hospital. My surgery went well and was led by Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon. Because of the specificity of my injury, physiotherapy was specifically designed for me. I started with the first therapies already three days after the surgery. The approach of the hospital staff is commendable, without any objections. I don’t even really feel as if I am in the hospital, but as if I came to normal training. The atmosphere is very pleasant. I am overjoyed because I can already run, and in September I will be slowly returning to pole dancing. Thank you, I am thrilled!

Božica Dolenac

Croatia

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.

Cynthia May

USA

I have never been treated so well in a hospital in all my life. The staff here has been so kind and helpful to me.
They were so very attentive and I never waited long for help. Everyone is so skilled at their job.I was very impressed by this.
I do not think I could have gone to any other hospital in the world and had better care.

I am going to miss them all and they will forever be fond in my memories.

Alojzije Sobočanec

Croatia

I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis of my right hip and I was supposed to go for a total hip replacement surgery. I was looking for options to avoid this type of surgery. Soon I found out about this method. I was advised that I can always do the total hip replacement surgery and I have nothing to lose if I try the stem cell therapy method. I decided to do it in no time and went for surgery in a week from my first examination. My condition improved really fast, all the pain was gone and now I even exercise a lot. I go swimming four times a week and I do home exercising twice a week.

Dražen Hrkač

Croatia

I had seven knee surgeries. I was in a state that I couldn’t enter my vehicle without problems, I could walk only 50 meters without stopping and I had constant pain. Simply, I couldn’t do my daily dues without a problem anymore. Now, year and a half after my stem cell treatment, I am back to my normal life routine, I do everything I want without pain. I even went skiing. The only thing I don’t do is that I don’t play tennis anymore, but that is because I tend to be cautious. Entering and exiting my vehicle is no longer a problem. I walk normally, even up to 10 kilometers without stopping. I am very active again, all the pain is gone and my life is back to where it was before all problems with my knees.

Medeleine Laporte

France

Medeleine Laporte from France about stem-cell therapy

My mother wants to thank you prof. Primorac as well to the Hospital for the amazing treatment that you done with stem cells. She already feels much better for the knee after three month and expecting to be much better in the future. She believes strongly in the future of the stem cells and orthopedy and the amazing work you are doing in St. Catherine Hospital so thank you again.

Husein Al-Faris Al-RIkabi

Iraq

It was a real fortune that I have come to Croatia, to Catherine Specialty Hospital, and I can’t believe that after so many years I will finally walk away without any walking aid. I would like to thank everybody who was involved in my surgical procedure which made it possible for me to walk again.

Obitelj/family Abdulkerimov

I would like to thank our surgeon Dr. Darko Antičević for an amazingly done job, and to the anesthesiologist who was present all through the surgery.
Thank you to all the doctors of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, and the entire medical staff for their professional and dedicated work. We would also like to thank Natalija Zalović, our interpreter for being an outstanding human and giving us support during those trying times, for being available to us at all times and for translating everything for us. We are very satisfied with everything.
Once again, thank you! May God bless you all!

Aslana Dzihindzolia

Russia

I would like to express my outmost gratitude to the entire St. Catherine Specialty Hospital staff in Zagreb for giving us an amazingly warm welcome. I didn’t even feel like I was in another country. My daughter Aslana was treated amazingly, and all the preoperative procedures were done with great care. The surgery was a success! Aslana now feels really good, and I’m now able to see my child enjoying her everyday life again!
I know true meaning of life now!
I would specially like to thank our surgeon for treating us with such care. Every day after the surgery, he inquired about Aslana’s health, and we stayed in touch with him throughout all that period. After the surgery, our daughter received lots of presents and she was so happy about that. Even to this day, she can’t stop telling everybody about her experiences. 
Also, I’d specially like to thank Natalija Zalović, our coordinator for treating us with such care, all her efforts were priceless!
Thanks to her, we were able to come to Croatia for surgery. She dealt with all our visa issues, and was a tremendous support to us in everything! When some issues occurred, she was always there for us to help and console us. She is such a big hearted and warm person!
Thank you and good luck with everything!

Shukina Nadezhda

Russia

We loved your hospital. It’s very comfortable and up to every standard. We were pleasantly surprised by the medical staff. The nurses are very caring, professional and kind.
My child had two surgeries done in the hospital, and both went really well. We truly trusted your doctors’ great potential from the get go, and found comfort in knowing that we’re putting our child’s care in trust of such professionals.
I’m very happy that all our expectations came true. Your doctors are top quality. Your hospital provided us with an interpreter (Natalija Zalović) who was always available to us, 24/7, during our stay in Croatia, and she was always ready to help. She helped us with all the necessary documentation required for our coming to Croatia.
I would also like to thank your administrative department for doing such a great job.
I give you ten out of ten.

Oxana Walker

UAE

In Dubai customer service has the highest standards, therefore, comparing to our standard and professionalism - St. Catherine Hospital has definitely exceeded it. In all honesty, I have not seen anywhere in the world such high knowledge and professionalism of the Doctors and Professors, which I've seen in St. Catherine Hospitals in Croatia.The treatment was innovative and definitely breakthrough in medicine, because only few hospitals in the world just started pioneering it and St. Catherine Hospital mastered it to the highest standards and success rate. I feel that I can trust the Doctors 100 per cent without even looking for a second opinion. If I will ever need any other treatments then the first point of reference will be St. Catherine Hospital and no other!

Wanda Freeman

USA

My time with “family” at Specijalna Bolnica Sv. Katarina has come to an end. I will truly miss the staff and services. Having been in Croatia from the States for about six months, I was a little apprehensive about what to expect when I found myself in need of major medical care. But I’m happy to say that from rotator cuff surgery on a very messed up shoulder by Dr. Rod to about 18 months of rehabilitation, I have nothing but good things to say about my experience. I found the doctors, staff and physical therapists abundantly capable, professional, personable, and caring. They are well informed and believe in on going educational and professional development in order to bring new and innovative experiences to care for the overall health of their clients. Jelana Kelemen, ( to whom I was assigned, and I can’t praise her enough), Ozren Mastisic, Vesna Labar, and Nino Culina, the physical therapy family, work well together giving the center a calm, stress free environment for the rehabilitative “torture” needed to guide clients back to health. As I travel away from Zagreb, I fear I will not find as satisfactory an experience for the work I need on my knees as I have found here. I will forever be indebted to Sv. Katerina rehabilitation of Zagreb.

Robbie Richmond

UK

Thank you to everyone at St.Catherine! Everything from the care to the surgery was extremely professional. I was made to feel very welcome. I would recommend the hospital to anyone. I can not speak highly enough at the care and treatment I received. Many thanks.

Ehorushyna Taisiia

My name is Ehorushyna Taisiia, and I’m a mother of a little girl named Sofia. On May 20th, 2017. she went through a surgery in St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. I’d like to thank Dr. Darko Antičević for having such hands of gold, and for performing great miracles. Also, I’d like to thank everyone in your hospital for your support and warmth you showed to us, and for treating all the children like they’re your own. Sofia now has a new shin, and thanks to you she can walk again.
A huge thank you to the anesthesiologist Slobodan Mičić for being so generous with his time and attention he showed to Sofia. The medical staff is very caring and is always ready to help if needed.
Another special thank you to Natalija Zalović for being so caring and supportive, she has been with us to this day.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!!

Ana Konjuh

Tennis player

Thank you for everything! Whenever I need it, the staff and doctors are always friendly and willing to help. It means a lot to me because time was precious to me! Thank you for everything!

Roland Neff

Switzerland & Thailand

Total Hip Replacement

They really take care of you, 100%. As a physician, I know what is working well. From the check up process they were very innovative. The medical staff and rehab staff communicate very well with me, I feel like I am in a family hospital. Very personalized treatment. I would fly all the way from Switzerland for the hip replacement I got here, no hesitation, its worth it.

Severina Vučković

Singer

The only thing on my mind from the moment I realized I would have to go for surgery, was that I wanted to get to my everyday activities as soon as possible. Therefore, the outstanding medical team of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital was the only reasonable choice. The surgery went great, and I would specially like to thank Dr. Damir Hudetz for everything.  

Gimnastički klub Rijeka

Gymnastics club Rijeka

Two days ago you welcomed one of our athletes for a radiological checkup. Marko, our gymnast, was delighted with the overall treatment in your hospital, and we have already mentioned you in one of the most popular radio shows on Radio Rijeka. Special thanks to Dr. Borić. Kind regards to everyone. Keep up the good work and always stay the beacon of Croatian health care.

Blanka Vlašić

Gold medalist at the World Athletics Championship in Osaka 2007

The injury that has followed me the last three years was the reason why I often went to MRI and to the consultation with Dr. Igor Borić in St. Catherine Hospital. I was always warmly welcomed by the professional staff, and everything was done quickly and efficiently, with doctors who have patience to clarify the diagnosis to the patient. From St. Catherine Hospital I always went encouraged by the positive impressions. I always recommend it to the friends and acquaintances, knowing that in the St. Catherine Hospital will find everything they need in one place.

Blaženko Lacković

Croatian national handball team player

Every person, especially an athlete, has difficult time handling injuries, St. Catherine Polyclinic staff has always been able to make those hard times much nicer with their expertise and professionalism, as well as with an excellent atmosphere in the polyclinic. Therefore, I would like to thank all the doctors, physiotherapists and the entire staff who have helped me to recover and become even stronger. Special thanks to Dr. Damir Hudetz.

Ivica Kostelić

Holder of four silver medals from the Olympic Games in Torino 2006

Excellence in sport requires superior medical care. Therefore, the doctors and the St. Catherine hospital are part of my team. I know that when I’m there I am in the hands of experts.

Marin Čilić

Tennis Player & US Open Winner 2014

I wish to spare no words of praise and thanks to St. Catherine hospital and polyclinic for all their expertise, professional care, diagnostics and services. St. Catherine Specialty Hospital is one of the few places in the world where I am certain to find in a single place all the care that I require, with top level physiotherapists and doctors who leave me no doubt that they will never fail to identify the diagnosis and pinpoint the cause of injury, leading me on the fastest way to a full recovery. My special thanks go to Dr. Borić and Professor Dragan Primorac for their continuing assistance and care, and also to physiotherapy personnel who are always there for me. I look forward to working with St. Catherine's team for a long time in order that I can stay healthy and get by with as few injuries as possible.

Vera Zima

Actress

Here I am, coming for a checkup after six weeks since I had my surgery and I’m happily coming to St. Catherine, all spiffy and new, muscled up and slim as a twig!?!! I adore my Dr. Hudetz, and I’ve fallen in love with the entire team of nurses and doctors both in St. Catherine Hospital in Zabok, and here in Trpinjska street!
What amazed me was that I literally felt no pain – I was very skeptical at first towards my wonderful anesthesiologist who kept assuring me I would feel no pain – and I thought to myself ‘keep telling it to someone else, I’m not buying it’, I knew what was in store for me –TEP – total knee endoprosthesis – however, I literally felt no pain, throughout the surgery, post-surgery, to this day, nothing, zero pain! My dear nurses from St. Catherine would also pay me a visit while I was in a spa for my recovery. They would even bring me some wine and pancetta…
Kisses to you Kristina, Daria, Renato, Katarina, and Marko and to all of you hard working, professional and kind hearted people!

Mirko Filipović

Mixed martial artist

I had a severe fracture of my leg, my knee dropped out of its socket, my ligaments tore, cartilage, as well. I was in so much pain, that I’ve lost consciousness. After that, it was hard to get by, after every physically strenuous exercise my knee would fill up with water, I went through hundreds of drainages, painstaking therapy, oh, I went through a lot ... After the stem cell application I’m able to train today, my knee is dry and I definitely think the stem cell treatment is the future. So my cartilage is restored, it’s regenerating. I’d like to thank the entire staff of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital!

Borna Ćorić

Tennis player

My knee is now great again and I have to thank Dr. Igor Borić for that, and the entire St. Catherine Specialty hospital staff. They were with me every step of the way and I had to literally come there every single day for a treatment. Dr. Borić was kind to respond to all my worries, even at 2am when I would call him worried about my swollen knee.

Zdenko Kordi

Handball coach

I’d like to thank St. Catherine Specialty Hospital on showing excellence in every segment of their work. They are truly worthy of every award they’ve received so far. Special thanks to everyone from the management, to the doctors, wonderful nurses, all the way to the cleaning staff who have greeted me every morning with a smile while entering my hospital room.  The nurses are amazing, giving support 24/7. The doctors are true experts, but also very warm, kind and patient while offering you words of support. It is without any question that I have to give my special thanks to Dr. Rod who performed my surgery and explained its every detail to me. The physiotherapists are the top of their profession. In the end, I’d like to express a huge gratitude to a great expert and a great man, Dr. Dragan Primorac!

Lana Petranović

Figure skater

I would sincerely like to thank the entire staff of St. Catherine Hospital for helping me to overcome my first obstacle to reaching Olympic Games. As a sign of gratitude, I’d like to dedicate one of my future medals to the staff of my favorite hospital!

Antun Bošnjaković

Paralympian

Dear St. Catherine’s staff,
Our little Vinko, his Mom and I are absolutely amazed by your hospital, and we can’t find enough words to thank you for everything you’ve done for us.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing work you do and the way you do it!

Josip Pivarić

Croatian Football Team player, FC Dynamo Kyiv player

Even though I've had surgery here and I know this a hospital, I didn't feel like I was in a hospital, and believe me I know what I'm talking about as this has, unfortunately, been my sixth surgery, but the first one in St. Catherine. The rooms in the hospital are so nice and comfortable that I felt like I was in a hotel for preparations with the team and got a minor injury and had to go through a little bit of physical therapy. But this is even better, because in the evening people could come to visit me.
Of course the most important thing I need to mention is the staff, and they are the most important and the best! I don't have to speak about how professional and top quality experts they are because everybody in Croatia and beyond knows that the best doctors and experts are working here with the best possible diagnostic equipment. Among other things, that was what brought me here.
First and foremost I have to thank my longtime friend, Dr. Boric who always finds a way to help me and makes some time for me and for my medical issues even if it's a case of rash. I'd like to thank Dr. Hudetz who talked to me as if we've been friends for 100s of years and with such clarity explained everything that all the fear I've previously had vanished immediately.
Finally, I have to give special thanks to Marko, the physiotherapist who gave his best and worked so hard with me that the progress I felt in 3 days of working with him gave me confidence that I would be able to return to the pitch in  6 weeks instead of months.  In these difficult moments, he was also the one who provided me with enormous optimism and support.
I would kindly ask all the nurses and all the employees of St. Catherine not to get angry because I didn't mention each and every one of them, but I have only one thing to say: you are all AMAZING!!!
Thank you very, very much!

Stefano Cosattini

Chef

I’m back! Good as new, back on my feet! No pain, no swelling on my knee and I can do sports again. I feel reborn. Instead of implanting an artificial joint, the medical team decided to transplant my meniscal knee, and it was done arthroscopically. I would like to thank everyone, the entire St. Catherine Specialty Hospital medical team and to my doctor Dr. Hudetz. You are the best!

Ajla Mahmutović

Karate Player

I would like to thank the entire St. Catherine Specialty Hospital team!
We all experience the fear of injuries, of surgeries, even we, the top athletes have it, and we have a lot of experience with it, however, even from the first step to your hospital that fear almost completely vanished. Your staff is very kind and likeable, the doctors are absolute top of their profession, and what can I say? All of you are the absolute best at what you do.
I’m very glad to have started my treatment with you, where I feel safe and am certain that I’m in the right hands.
Special thank you to Dr. Eduard Rod and Dr. Ira Skok!

Dinko Bogdanić

Choreographer, director and dance educator

Thanks a lot, everyone who brought back the smile on my face with their professional strength. Thank you sisters, thank you thank you thank you Mark, thank you Dr. Rod!

Selmir Pidro

Footballer of FC Sarajevo, young national team player of BiH

My anterior cruciate ligament surgery was done in St. Catherine. Thank you very much! Great staff! All recommendation goes for St. Catherine!

Enes Garibović

Croatian karate national team player

Great medical care. I felt like a king. All staff are for every recommendation. Great hospital atmosphere! I know it sounds weird, but I'm sorry to have to leave the hospital. I feel great, airy and cheerful after surgery, and you really don't expect that after surgery ... Thanks for everything!

Ivan Rakitić

Croatian Football Team player, FC Barcelona player

You know when you are here that everything will go in the best way. You need to have the best team around you and here are the best team, so we are very happy to have this people in Croatia.

Vedran Ćorluka

Croatian Football Team player, FC Lokomotiv player

Obviously it is so important for a footballer to take care of his body. I personally have good experience with St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. I always feel safe to come there. I´m realy happy that this partnership will go further on.

Davor Dretar Drele

Television and radio presenter, television actor

It was unforgettable, relaxed and the staff is top notch. They knew how to reduce the my stress during the MR scan which I refered to as the bread oven! I Hope to meet them in my cellar for the second time at a real bread oven! Thank you very much!

Hrvoje Miličević

Footballer

I never thought I would need this procedure. I had a knee injury. I came to from St. Catherine on recommendation by my friend. My operation was successful. The medical staff is very professional and friendly.

Želimir Šikonja

Croatia

Three years ago I had a drastic change. I started to feel a great amount of pain. All activities I was earlier doing on a regular basis were in question. This includes everyday activities such as walking up or down the stairs or entering to vehicle. I was in a state that I had to take pain medications almost every day. I wanted to do anything to make my condition better. I came across an article in the local newspapers which was about a novel treatment with adipose-derived stem cells. I informed myself on that topic a bit, asked around for experiences from others and decided to go to St. Catherine Hospital. After my examination with Doctor Hudetz and Professor Primorac, I decided to do this kind of treatment. I wanted to postpone a total knee replacement surgery as much as I could. Now I feel a big difference. I feel much better, I don’t take pain medications anymore and I walk normally, but I still avoid extreme physical activity such as skiing.

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