Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Dr. Hudetz is the Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at St. Catherine’s Hospital. He graduated from the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, and continued with his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University Hospital for Trauma Surgery where he continued to work as an orthopaedic surgeon from 2005. He received a Swiss government fellowship in 2002 and he continued his residency in Basel where he simultaneously worked on scientific projects. In 2009 he defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Effect on Biofilm Production on Staphylococcal Infection Around Titanium and Steel Implants” at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine. As a fellow of the Swiss ProMotio Foundation he participated in the research of the biomechanical properties of cartilage tissue in the Laboratory for Orthopedic Biomechanics, University of Basel. He further improved his clinical knowledge as a fellow at the university orthopedic departments in San Antonio, Texas and Heidelberg, Germany.
Dr. Hudetz is an expert in knee preserving and replacement surgery, including arthroscopic ACL reconstruction. He is also trained in total joint replacement of the hip and knee, including difficult primary and revision cases. On the cutting edge of treatment not only with arthroscopy, he provides advanced biologic treatments individualized for specific patient such as osteotomies, cartilage repair, meniscus transplantations as well as stem cells therapy.
He was a member of the infectious disease research group led by Professor Regine Landman in Basel conducting research in the field of susceptibility to staphylococcal infection of different implant materials. At the Department of Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery of Bruderholz Hospital in Basel he participated in a clinical trial of long term results of surgically treated knee dislocations. Since 2011 he has participated in the FP-7 European Union Bio-Comet scientific project on cartilage regeneration and continues his work through Horizon 2020 project of cartilage repair.
He lectures at the medical schools of the Zagreb, Osijek and Split universities and at the Department of Biotechnology, University of Rijeka. In 2012 he got the position of an assistant professor at the School of Medicine, University of Osijek. He is the author and co-author of many scientific papers and an author of a few chapters in professional books. He is a member of the Croatian Medical Chamber, Croatian Orthopedic Society, Croatian Trauma Society, Croatian Orthopedic and Traumatology Surgeons Association, European Society of Sports Traumatology Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA), European Federation of National Associations of Orthopedics and Traumatology (EFFORT), Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie (SICOT) and an invited member of the ACL study group. In 2007 due to his professional and scientific accomplishments he was pronounced the youngest honorary member.
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I want to thank the entire team of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, especially Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Orthopedics to whom I came for the first examin...
All recommendations to the team on a very kind approach and care they provide me. I came to the Hospital after contacting prof. Dragan Primorac, M. D., Ph. D., terribly distract...
I want to thank the entire team of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, especially Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Orthopedics to whom I came for the first examination on the recommendation of my friend and to Željko Jeleč, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedic Surgeon who ultimately did the surgery and successfully "fixed" what wasn't possbile to fix in the previous health institution. I am also very pleased with nurse Tereza-Fandya Younis Labaš with whom the communication is excellent, but also with all other medical staff – they are very kind and maximally professional. St. Catherine Hospital really has a valubale top team of experts. Sincere recommendations to all.
The patient underwent surgery for complete replacement of the previously built-in hip prosthesis, the so-called revision total hip endoprosthesis surgery (RETEP). The surgery was performed by Željko Jeleč, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedic Surgeon.
All recommendations to the team on a very kind approach and care they provide me. I came to the Hospital after contacting prof. Dragan Primorac, M. D., Ph. D., terribly distracted and under the shock of my own injury. After the operation and the approach of the whole team everything was easier and painless. Once again, I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart to Damir Hudetz, M. D., Ph. D., orthopedic specialist and Eduard Rod, M. D., Ph. D., Orthopedic Surgeon, who performed the operation and all the employees of the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital who provided me with security and maximum care.
In the first act the patient underwent an open reconstruction of the posterolateral angle and in the second act the patient will be underwent an reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament with meniscus suturing.
The procedure was performed by Damir Hudetz, M. D., Ph. D., Orthopedic Specialist and Eduard Rod, M. D., Ph. D., Orthopedic Surgeon, specialization in traumatology of the locomotor system.
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!
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