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Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Vrdoljak is a fellowship-trained specialist in sports medicine, arthroscopy, biological implants as well as in total joint replacement of the hip and knee. He finished Medical School in Zagreb in 1998. After internship, until 2007, he was working as a physician in the Sports Clinic of the Zagreb Sports Association. Dr. Vrdoljak completed his residency in orthopedics at the Clinical Hospital “Holly Spirit” in Zagreb, in 2012. During residency program, dr. Vrdoljak was working in Switzerland as an EFORT’s fellow. Constantly, during specialization and later, as an orthopedic surgeon, he attended trainee courses of the highest category, perfecting his surgical techniques and skills.

Between 2005 and 2014, dr. Vrdoljak was a lecturer at the Football Academy of the Croatian Football Association for two courses: Functional anatomy and Injuries of the musculoskeletal system. During a medical career, he was working with the top athletes in terms of prevention and treatment of acute and chronic injuries. Dr. Vrdoljak is the physician of the Croatian national athletic team, both, male and female as well as of the Croatian national volleyball team. In 2012 and 2013, he was Marcos Baghdatis personal physician at the ATP tour and he was also personal physician to many other professional and amateur athletes.

The primary focus of his interests includes: arthroscopic hip, knee and shoulder surgery, a conservative treatment of acute and chronic injuries of the musculoskeletal system as well as arthroplasty surgery of hip, shoulder and knee. Dr. Vrdoljak was pioneering application of PRP therapy (for treatment of acute and chronic injuries of muscles and joints) in Croatia. Dr. Vrdoljak joined Specialty Hospital St. Catherine in April 2016.

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Testimonial - Željko Bošnjak
Željko Bošnjak
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.



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