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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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...
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 ca...
I was admitted to St. Catherine Specialty Hospital for surgery without waiting and with the maximally professional approach of the entire medical staff. Medical staff is very f...
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.
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.
I was admitted to St. Catherine Specialty Hospital for surgery without waiting and with the maximally professional approach of the entire medical staff. Medical staff is very friendly, helpful and educated, and the doctors themselves are outstanding. I came to dr. Vrdoljak for the first examination, who also performed the operation. Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon is an excellent expert, and the way he communicates with the patient should be especially emphasized - this is extremely important and crucial for developing trust in the doctor. Also, I want to praise all the other doctors of St. Catherine Hospital who did the examinations before my operation, i.e. cardiologist, anesthesiologist, radiologists and employees of the medical-biochemical laboratory. To conclude, the complete service is outstanding, the nurses were at my disposal at all times, and I can’t help but mention the food that is really delicious. I am glad that I chose St. Catherine Hospital, that was my best decision.
The patient underwent total hip replacement surgery with direct anterior approach (TEP), and the surgery was performed by Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon.
After many years of knee pain, I decided to have an examination at St. Catherine Hospital because I had good recommendations for a professional team of orthopedists. I had my first examination with Trpimir Vrdoljak, M. D., Orthopedic Surgeon who explained in such simple language and with a lot of patience why my knee hurts and what should I do to be able to walk normally again.
I decided to have surgery by dr. Vrdoljak and I must mention that the second day after the operation I normally stood on my own feet and walked with the help of crutches. Every day my progress was huge and crutches were needed less and less. Most importantly I walk normally and have no pain. I feel reborn at the age of 79.
I would like to thank Dr. Vrdoljak, but also the entire medical team who were always available to me during my stay in the hospital. They were kind, smiling, so they certainly contributed to my faster recovery.
I thank everyone and will definitely recommend your esteemed institution to my friends.
The patient underwent partial knee arthroplasty and the procedure was performed by Trpimir Vrdoljak, M. D., Orthopedic Surgeon.