Team of Experts -> Željko Jeleč, M.D., Ph.D.

Željko Jeleč, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgeon

Željko Jeleč, Ph.D., M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon with extensive experience in the field of hip and knee arthroplasty, arthroscopic knee surgery as well as surgical and conservative treatment of many diseases in the field of general orthopedics. He graduated at the School of Medicine University of Zagreb in 1999. and finished his residency in orthopedics in 2008. at the Department for Orthopedic Surgery University Hospital Centre Zagreb. During residency program he completed a Postgraduate study in orthopedic surgery as well as the Scientific postgraduate study in Faculty of Science University of Zagreb, where he defended his Master of Science Thesis on the topic “Changing the ratio of respiratory gases in children and adolescents”. In addition to the Department for Orthopedic Surgery at the University Hospital Centre Zagreb he conducted a part of his residency program at the Department of Traumatology Zagreb and the Department of Vascular Surgery University Hospital Merkur. After completing his residency he worked at the Department of Orthopedics at the  General Hospital “Dr. Ivo Pedišić” in Sisak where he served as Head of the Department from July 2012 until the end of 2015. In the period 2012 – 2016 he was a Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the General Hospital “Dr. Ivo Pedišić”, Sisak. In 2011 he defended his Doctoral Thesis entitled “The effect of flavonoids on osteoporosis caused by retinoic acid in rats” at the Faculty of Science University of Zagreb.

In April 2016 he joined the team of experts of Specialty Hospital St. Catherine. During his work he regularly attended various seminars and courses from the fields of arthroplasty and arthroscopic surgery (2008 EFORT Travelling Fellowship – Lithuania, 2010 Shoulder Instructional Course Zagreb Croatia, 2010 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course Zagreb - Croatia, 2011 International Course of Arthroscopic Techniques Ljubljana - Slovenia, 2013 Arthroscopy Course - Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy Rijeka - Croatia, 2015  Cadaver Knee Surgery Course Pleven - Bulgaria, 2016 Difficult Primary and Revision TKA Stolzalpe - Austria). He is an author of several professional and scientific papers and the author or coauthor of numerous congress (oral or poster) presentations. During several seasons he was licensed by the Croatian Football Federation as the physician FC Croatia Sesvete (1st and 2nd Croatian Football League). In November 2016 he was elected as an assistant at the Department of Biomedical Science, University North.

His field of interests are arthroplasty, arthroscopy, sports traumatology and Osteogenesis Imperfecta. He is a member of the Croatian Orthopedic Society, Croatian Association of Orthopedics and Traumatologists, Croatian Society of Sports Traumatology and Arthroscopy, Croatian Medical Chamber and the Croatian Medical Association. Since 2012 he is a member of the Management Board of Croatian Orthopedic Society.

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Testimonial - Vedran Prelogović
Vedran Prelogović
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.



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