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Chander Mohan

Center for Ophthalmology – Glaucoma

The ophtalmologist of St. Catherine, Tamara Knežević, M.D., Ph.D., is very methodical and systematic in her approach. I visited St. Catherine for my regular annual health check-up, where she found some emerging abnormalities, which, Thank God, were in their initial stages. Therefore, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to St. Catherine Specialty Hospital's team and to doctor Tamara Knežević for their professionalism and considerate treatment. My sincere recommendations for St. Catherine Specialty Hospital to everyone.

In the photo with Tamara Knežević, M.D., Ph.D., Ophthalmology Specialist and nurse Ivana Opačić.

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Blaženka Hack

Croatia

Carpal tunnel decompression of both hands

"This is already my second procedure here at the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, which speaks for itself how satisfied I am with the service. I feel very comfortable here, and I like the warm atmosphere. For that reason I always choose St. Catherine. Considering that I am also in the medical feald, I must commend the entire medical staff and Neven Starčević, M.D., Ph.D., for whom I have nothing but words of praise. Truly sincere compliments for the overall service."

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The patient underwent carpal tunnel decopression of both hands. The procedure was performed by Neven Starčević, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon.

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Tea Višek

Croatia

„I found out about the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital when I received a recommendation for Danijela Klarić, M.D., M. Sc., physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist to solve my mother's problems, but also for St. Catherine as an excellent place for physical therapy and also for dermatology, which turned out to be correct. I think that the service in St. Catherine is great, the medical team is really professional, friendly and organized. Dr. Komadina is the first dermatologist who was able to effectively help me with psoriasis. Friendly, approachable and very professional. I would really recommend her to anyone because she is a doctor with a lot of experience and love for what she does. I am very satisfied with the results of the treatment prescribed by dr. Komadina and I will continue to follow her advice for the care of psoriatic skin and nails.."

In the photo with our Snježana Komadina, M.D., specialist in dermatology and venereology.

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Ivanka Marijanović

Croatia

Total Hip Replacement

"After receiving a recommendation for the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, I decided to do a bit of research on my own, considering the vast array of options available today, and I have not regretted following my inner voice. I must commend absolutely everyone, from the porter to every medical staff member. A big thanks to Prof. Vidović who did an excellent job. It would be a sin to say anything negative about anyone or anything. Once again, thanks to everyone for making my hospital stay so pleasant. Now, I continue here with physical therapy because another institution simply isn't an option for me."

The patient underwent total hip replacement. The procedure was performed by Assoc. Prof. Dinko Vidović, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon.

In the photo with the physiotherapist Filip Pancirov during postoperative rehabilitation.

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Joško Kodžoman

Croatia

Knee Arthroscopy and Partial Meniscectomy

"At first I choosed the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital because of Prim. Ivan Benčić, M.D. and I haven't regretted it. The complete service is excellent, starting from the doctor to the nurses. I would like to emphasize excellent communication before and after the procedure. If I had to find something negative, I wouldn't find anything. All praise to the entire team, and special thanks to the doctor."

The patient underwent knee arthroscopy and partial meniscectomy. The procedure was performed by prim. Ivan Benčić, M.D., General Surgery Specialist, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist, Traumatology Subspecialist.

In the photo with the physiotherapist Domagoj Brkanac.

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Martina Hrženjak

Croatia

Reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament

„On the recommendation of a friend, ever since my knee injury last year in the June, I put myself in the hands of the St. Catherine team, until today when the surgery itself was done. The nurses and doctors were extremely kind, approachable and professional, providing me with a sense of security and support during the entire process. All my doubts were solved constructively and I also received useful guidelines for both - the operation and the recovery, which I will continue at the same time in St. Catherine. The organization and arrangements went without any problems and the room I stayed in was spacious, comfortable and impeccably clean. Medical aids were provided to me on time, making the process even easier. Thanks to all the employees of St. Catherine Hospital and another big thanks to doc. Jeleč on his approach and professionalism, both around me and around other patients. We will surely see each other again, already from Monday for physical therapy and in the future also for other examinations and tests."

The patient underwent reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament. The procedure was performed by Željko Jeleč, M. D., Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgeon.

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Matea Kovačević

Croatia

Reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament with meniscal suture

"To begin with, I am very happy that I had surgery here at St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. At the same time, I would like to thank my doctor and operator, Assoc. Prof. Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, who successfully performed my knee surgery, as well as to the entire medical staff who took very good care of me. This individual approach to each patient is immediately visible, which needs to be specifically emphasized. The whole Hospital is wonderful. I didn't have feeling like I was in a hospital at all – that's how nice was for me to have surgery and recovery here in St. Catherine. From beginning to end, everything went great and in the best order. Sincere recommendations to everyone for St. Catherine Specialty Hospital.“

The patient underwent reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament with suturing of the medial and lateral meniscus. The procedure was performed by Assoc. Prof. Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedic Surgeon.

In the photo with the head nurse of the department Jasminka Stanić and nurse Mia Kos.

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Tomislav Goluban

Croatia

Knee Arthroscopy and Medial Meniscectomy

"This was my first surgery ever, so I was scared at the beginning. However, the medical staff of the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital quickly dispelled all my fears with their approach, warmth and kindness. I would like to give special praise to Assoc. Prof. Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedic Surgeon who did the surgery. I came to St. Catherine on the recommendation of a famous Croatian athlete and I have not regretted it. The doctor is really professional and explained the entire procedure to me in a comprehensible way. That's why I quickly gained trust in him and simply knew that everything would go as it should. During my stay in the hospital I felt like I was at home, that's how comfortable this whole experience was to me. I am really delighted with the complete service and staff of this Hospital. Sincere recommendations to everyone for St. Catherine Specialty Hospital."

The patient underwent knee arthroscopy and medial meniscectomy. The procedure was performed by Assoc. Prof. Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedic Surgeon.

In the photo with the physiotherapist Renato Derković and nurses Jasna Sporiš and Nataša Rinkovec.

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Pero Jukić

Knee Arthroscopy

„The entire service was super professional, from the agreement regarding the procedure to the admission to the hospital, preparation for the procedure, the operation itself and after. I was surprised that we started rehabilitation right away, which is not the case in other hospitals and it moves quite late and slowly after the procedure, which unfortunately I know from personal experience. Dr.. Jeleč was great, in addition to being extremely professional, he also has a relaxed approach, which makes the patients relax. After the procedure itself, I feel great and I am satisfied with the procedure and instructions, as well as the help with further recovery. For every recommendation."

The patient underwent knee arthroscopy. The procedure was performed by Željko Jeleč, M. D., Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgeon.

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Dušanka Kemenović

Operative treatment – Vertebroplasty

"I came to St. Catherine Specialty Hospital with full confidence. All the information I was interested in, I found on the website of St. Catherine. I was looking for a place where I can do everything I need in one place. Looking through the website and the experiences of other patients, there was no longer any doubt - St. Catherine Specialty Hospital is the right place for me. My problems were related to the spine. Namely, I had severe pain in my spine, and right away at the first examination with the Assistant Professor Vide Bilić, M.D., Ph.D., General Surgery Specialist, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist, Traumatology Subspecialist, I was diagnosed with a fracture. Within 5 days, all pre-operative preparations were arranged, and then I had a surgery, which solved my problem. Despite the fact that it was a major surgical procedure, I came to it as the most beautiful trip, because I had complete trust in the doctor and the entire medical staff, and I felt safe there. The procedure was successful, and I am delighted with absolutely everyone and everything: Assistant Professor Vide Bilić, M.D., Ph.D., and the entire operating team, the medical staff in the department, as well as with the accommodation and food, which even exceeded expectations. Now I feel calm, happy and peaceful. A truly beautiful experience. My sincere recommendations to everyone."

The patient underwent vertebroplasty. The procedure was performed by Assistant Professor Vide Bilić, M.D., Ph.D., General Surgery Specialist, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist, Traumatology Subspecialist.

In the photo with the nurse Irena Skozrit.

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Samanta Fabris

Croatian professional volleyball player

Our Hospital was visited by the Croatian volleyball star, Samanta Fabris, for an advanced knee treatment method using microfragmented adipose tissue containing mesenchymal stem cells in combination with platelet-rich plasma (Angel PRP).

St. Catherine Specialty Hospital remains committed to personalized healthcare to ensure our patients receive the best treatments.

In the photo with our Vilim Molnar, M.D., Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery Resident.

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Tomislav Vinšer

Croatia

Microdiscectomy with a lateral approach

"First of all, a big thanks to the entire team of St. Catherine Hospital. I suffered from terrible back pain, causing me to lose consciousness. The pain was so strong that I couldn't speak or walk. After several examinations, I was told in the another institution that they don't know what to do with me. When I came to St. Catherine Hospital for an examination with Marjan Rožanković, M.D. ,Ph.D., Consultant Neurosurgeon, upon reviewing my medical records, he immediately understood the issue. You instilled in me such confidence and trust, proving your expertise. Above all, I didn't feel  just like another patient in line. Now, after the surgery, I have no pain. I cannot thank everyone enough. You set the standard very high and are a true example of how things should be done."

The patient underwent microdiscectomy with a lateral approach. The procedure was performed by Marjan Rožanković, M.D., Ph.D., Consultat Neurosurgeon.

In the photo with prof. Dragan Primorac, M.D., Ph,D.  and the head nurse of the department Jasminka Stanić.

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Goran Hofšteter

Croatia

Reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament with suturing of the root of the lateral meniscus

„I came to St. Catherine Specialty Hospital on the recommendation. Considering that I am an athlete who train tennis, it was important for me to trust the physicians. I can only say that everything is phenomenal, from the service to the doctors and nurses. Everyone is cheerful and at desposal. I really have nothing to complain about. The service is at the highest level."

The patient underwent the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament with suturing of the root of the lateral meniscus. The procedure was performed by Eduard rod, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgeon.

In the photo with the head nurse of the department Jasminka Stanić, nurse Valentina Belačić Mikas, and physiotherapists Renato Derković and Domagoj Brkanac.

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Ruža Fonović

Vertebroplasty

„I want to thank the doctors of the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital who helped me solve my problems and I no longer feel pain in my spine. The entire medical team delighted me with their expertise but also with their human approach. They made every examination, as well as the stay after the surgery pleasant and easy for me. I would recommend treatment at the St. Catherine Hospital, here they will solve your problems quickly and professionally."

The patient underwent vertebroplasty. The procedure was performed by Assistant Professor Vide Bilić, M.D., Ph.D., General Surgery Specialist, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist, Traumatology Subspecialist.

In the photo with Assistant Professor Vide Bilić, M.D., Ph.D., General Surgery Specialist, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist, Traumatology Subspecialist and Danijela Klarić, M.D., M. Sc., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist.

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Vita Mandekić (majka Ines Mandekić)

Croatia

Tonsillectomy – Tonsil Surgery

„Due to frequent inflammations (angina) that were treated with antibiotics and the daughter's PFAPA syndrome - the otorhinolaryngologist's recommendation was tonsillectomy. However, due to the long period of waiting for the surgery appointment in the public hospital and due to the fear that the appointment could be prolonged again because of a recurrence of the disease, which has already happened once before, we decided to contact St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. The very next day after the contact, a follow-up examination was scheduled with Mislav Malić, M.D., Ph.D., FEBORL-HNS, otorhinolaryngology specialist, and the tonsillectomy itself was arranged on the eighth day after the examination. Antibiotic protection was also arranged as a preventive measure before the procedure, so that the surgery would not have to be postponed due to illness. During the examination and before the surgery, the doctor and nurses provided us with all the necessary information regarding the procedure itself, the course of the surgery, and treatment and care after the procedure. The hospital staff is friendly, the nurses are very kind, cheerful and patient. The surgery itself went well, as did the postoperative recovery at home. The procedure was performed at 8 AM, and at 2 PM we were already discharged home. My daughter Vita has only a positive memory of the whole experience in the Hospital and says that all nurses (especially nurse Silvija) and doctor Malić are the best ever. As parents, we would recommend St. Catherine Specialty Hospital to everyone because of the wonderful staff and the attitude towards the patients, as well as their companions.“

The patient undewent tonsil surgery  (Tonsillectomy). The procedure was performed by Mislav Malić, M.D., Ph.D., FEBORL-HNS, otorhinolaryngology specialist.

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Nenad Vuković

Croatia

Colonoscopy

„I am very satisfied with the approach at St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. I came on a recommendation and everything went quickly, from booking an appointment to the preparation instructions and finally the examination itself. Everyone was very kind from the first contact, and I received all detailed instructions already when scheduling an appointment. The exam (colonoscopy) itself was painless and quick, and I received all the necessary information immediately after it was performed. Prof. Rustemović is very kind, cheerful and, most importantly, extremely professional. I would recommend St. Catherine Specialty Hospital to everyone."

The patient underwent colonoscopy. The examination was performed by prof. Nadan Rustemović, M.D., Ph.D., internal medicine specialist, gastroenterology and hepatrology subspecialist.

In the photo with nurse Sanja Hruškar and prof. Nadan Rustemović, M.D., Ph.D., internal medicine specialist, gastroenterology and hepatrology subspecialist.

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Tiho Ramović

Croatia

Osteosynthesis of the finger

„I have already had several specialist examinations in St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. Taught by the previous positive experience from those examinations where the employees were always smiling and approachable, I had no doubts in choosing that hospital for the procedure I need. Regarding the overall service, from the first visit to the physiatrist, X-ray imaging, diagnosis, offered treatment options and the operation itself, I can only say praise. The first thing that amazed me was the processing speed. Out of the entire hour and a half I spent in the hospital, I spent a total of 10 minutes in the waiting room itself. The treatment and accommodation itself were impeccable. The feeling of being in a hotel and not a hospital helped calm the nervousness before the surgery, which was on the same day. Big thanks to the anesthesiology staff as well as the nurses who helped me with their relaxed (but still professional) approach even while they were driving me to the operating room. From all of this experience, it was clear to me that all employees do their best to make patients feel as comfortable as possible. My general impression was that I was the only patient in the hospital and that everything revolved around me. Many thanks also to the lady who came 3 times a day to clean my apartment and she was also smiling and assured me that I was in excellent hands! Dr. Starčević was largely responsible for my decision to undergo the procedure at the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. I was impressed by his directness and the way he explained the problem in a simple and concise way. His attitude and thorough description of potential options and consequences let me know that the entire recovery will take as little time as possible and that the risks are minimal. Also, his professionalism after the surgery only confirmed that impression for me, where he described to me in the simplest possible way how the procedure was performed and that the recovery will be as fast as possible. Today, 2 days after the surgery, even though the bandage is still there, I already feel like the surgery never happened."

The patient underwent Osteosynthesis of the finger. The procedure was performed by Neven Starčević, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon.

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Renata Bijelić

Reconstruction of the remaining teeth and bite

„Many thanks to dr. Katalinić and dr. Smojver for for providing me with a beautiful and healthy smile. Praise for exceptional expertise, kindness and understanding. Everything was according to the original agreement and every step was explained in an understandable and simple way. Honest recommendations to everyone who needs a new smile and to everyone who is afraid, because here they will solve that too."

Due to partial toothlessness, the patient underwent reconstruction of the remaining teeth and bite using a combination of implants and ceramic bridges in both jaws. The procedure was performed by Ivan Katalinić D.M.D, Ph.D. and Igor Smojver, D.M.D, Ph.D., Specialist in Oral Surgery.

In the photo with Ivan Katalinić D.M.D, Ph.D.

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Maura Ruža Soldo

Croatia

Knee Arthroscopy

„Following the recommendation I came to the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital and Eduard Rod, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgeon. Prim. Rod explained to me what the operation would look like and what to expect. I was awake during the entire surgery and prim. Rod talked to me about the procedure. The operation went well. 24 hours after the operation, I feel great. I have no pain and am already walking with the help of crutches. The medical team is to be commended, they are all very kind. I thank everyone!"

The patient underwent Knee Arthroscopy procedure. The procedure was performed by Eduard Rod, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgeon.

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Andrew Joshua Channing

Ankle Arthroscopy

" I've been living in Croatia for almost 2 years now, and I was anxious about having surgery done outside of America. St. Catherine Specialty Hospital came very highly recommended from friends and family, and I'm thrilled I decided to go! Not only was St. Catherine as good as I could expect in America, in many ways it was even far better than in America. Dr. Željko Jeleč, all the nursing team, and my physical therapist Domagoj and surgical coordinator Tereza were all incredibly kind, helpful, and all displayed absolutely top notch professionalism. I felt completely comfortable and secure every step of the way. Dr. Željko Jeleč did an excellent job, with a clear and confident approach throughout, and St. Catherine will be my first choice for myself and loved ones when needed!. "

The patient underwent ankle arthroscopy. The procedure was performed by Željko Jeleč, Ph.D., M.D., Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgeon.

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Goran Ivanišević

Croatian professional tennis player

Goran Ivanišević, the legendary name of Croatian tennis, according to many the greatest Croatian tennis player in history and the Wimbledon winner, entrusted his health to the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital.

In the photo with our Željko Jeleč, M. D., Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgeon.

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Ana Penich

Croatia

Application of own stem cells from the bone marrow to the shoulder

First of all, I would like to emphasize that St. Catherine Specialty Hospital successfully solved my problem. I had a procedure with stem cell application in my shoulder and I am happy that this method exists in St. Catherine. If I had the same problem or any other health problem, I would choose the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. Tadija Petrović, M.D., Ph.D. is a wonderful doctor. He explained everything to me in detail. The procedure went great. The medical staff took very good care of me. I am grateful to everyone, especially to nurse Tereza, who referred me to Dr. Petrović. I highly recommend St. Catherine to everyone.

The patient underwent  application of own stem cells from the bone marrow to the shoulder. The patient had her own stem cells from the bone marrow injected into her shoulder. It is an autologous aspirate of the patient's bone marrow, which is extremely rich in progenitor cells such as hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPCs) and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which have a high potential for repairing damaged tissue.

The procedure was performede by Tadija Petrović, M.D., Ph. D. Orthopaedic and Traumatology Surgeon.

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Mate Kulušić

Croatia

Knee Arthroscopy

„I want to sincerely thank everyone with whom I had contact during my stay at the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. From the first nurse who received me at 7am and filled out the questionnaire, the next one who brought me everything I needed before the procedure to the last one who saw me off at 3pm and gave my wife all the instructions. The whole time I felt like I was getting preferential treatment, like I was a VIP guest to whom everyone was always available, kind and smiling. The treatment in the surgery room was also impeccable, the communication with the anesthesiologists was relaxed and in a good mood, and dr. Vrdoljak performed the procedure superbly. The most important thing was, and I think this is the most important thing in any job, that I was constantly aware of what was being done, what was going to be done next and when it was going to be done. My time was respected to the last minute and that is what adorns the organization of this hospital. Once again, a big THANK YOU to everyone and you have my recommendations.".

The patient underwent Knee Arthroscopy procedure. The procedure was performed by Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon.

In the photo with the our nurses Andrijana Rajič i Silvija Smoljan.

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Vlatko Čuljak

Croatia

Total Hip Replacement Surgery with Direct Anterior Approach

"I would like to express my great satisfaction with the complete service and medical staff of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. Never before have I encountered such hospitality and level of care for a patient, nor such wonderful, kind and, above all, professional hospital staff. I am referring to absolutely everyone - from cleaning lady, nurses and doctors to the president of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital, professor Dragan Primorac, M.D., Ph.D. I am especially delighted with the doctor Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, who operated on me. In the two weeks I spent in St. Catherine Hospital after surgery, I had almost no pain or need for pain relievers, and I was treated like I was in a hotel. Only real experts can do that. I really don't have enough words to describe my enthusiasm and happiness. I came in a wheelchair, and I'm leaving on my own two feet. Sincere recommendations to everyone for St. Catherine Specialty Hospital"

The patient underwent total hip replacement surgery with direct anterior approach. The procedure was performed by Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon.

In the photo with the head nurse of the department Jasminka Stanić, nurses Gabriela Čagalj and Jasna Sporiš, and physiotherapists Renato Derković and Domagoj Brkanac.

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Zoja Kapilović Bego

Revision surgery of the lumbar spine: corpectomy, decompression of the spinal canal, stabilization and fusion of the L4-S1 vertebra.

"It's been 7 days since the operation. I feel great. Dr. Bilić literally saved my life. I'm sure that otherwise I would have been in a wheelchair within a month. In February, I had an operation at another health institution and the operation did not go well, that's why I found salvation here. I found out about St. Catherine Specialty Hospital on the recommendation of Mrs. Mirjana, who knows the state-of-the-art methods of Prof. Primorac and his team at St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. Everyone is wonderful and kind. I want everyone to know about this wonderful place because they save lives here."

The patient underwent revision surgery of the lumbar spine: corpectomy, decompression of the spinal canal, stabilization and fusion of the L4-S1 vertebra. The procedure was performed by Assistant Professor Vide Bilić, M.D., Ph.D. General Surgery Specialist, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist, Traumatology Subspecialist.

In the photo with assistant Professor Vide Bilić, M.D., Ph.D. and prof. Dragan Primorac, M.D., Ph.D.

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Danijela Martinović

Croatian singer

Our hospital was visited by our famous and always smiling singer Danijela Martinović.

In the photo with our nurse Katarina Hrestak.

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Marin Magdić

Two procedures under the same anesthesia - arthroscopic toilet of the ankle and open stabilization of the peroneal tendons

I came to St. Catherine Specialty Hospital on the recommendation of my football club HSK Zrinjski Mostar. Everybody were very kind and I really don't have a single complaint against anyone or anything. I noticed big dedication from all employees, which made my stay even more pleasant. From the examinations to the surgery, everything went smoothly. Everyone is very friendly and professional. Dr. Jeleč is very approachable and he had no problem repeating and explaining everything to me. "

The patient underwent two procedures under the same anesthesia - arthroscopic toilet of the ankle and open stabilization of the peroneal tendons, performede by Željko Jeleč, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgeon.

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Donna Vekić

Croatian professional tennis player

Donna Vekić entrusted his health to the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, who proudly takes care of the health of many top athletes.

In the photo with our Danijela Klarić, M.D., M. Sc., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist; prof. Dragan Primorac, M. D., Ph. D. and Assistant Professor Vide Bilić, M.D., Ph.D., General Surgery Specialist, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist, Traumatology Subspecialist.

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Danijela Basta

Tonsil Surgery – tonsillectomy

„I am very satisfied with the complete service in St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. I would recommend to everyone who have problem with the tonsils that they dont delay the operation (of course on the recommendation of a specialist) and not to read forums, than to seek only expert advice. Before the operation, I received all the information I needed. The medical staff took excellent care of me and I commend their approach. Recovery after surgery is quick. Immediately after the procedure, I felt very good."

The patient undewent tonsil surgery – tonsillectomy. The procedure was performed by Mislav Malić, M.D., Ph.D., FEBORL-HNS, otorhinolaryngology specialist.

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Erik Orlić (Barbara Orlić)

Surgical removal of the adenoids - adenoidectomy

„I would like to take this opportunity to thank dr. Bumber and all the wonderful nurses from the 4th floor. Erik was this week, and my daughter in the December last year, for tonsil surgery, and both times everyone was so kind, patient and attentive that the surgery did not leave us with any trauma, only positive memories. The children are finally breathing through their noses.“

The patient underwent surgical removal of the adenoids - adenoidectomy. The procedure was performed by Boris Bumber, M. D., Ph. D., Otorhinolaryngologist, Subspecialist in Head and Neck Plastic Surgery.

In the photo with the our nurses: Danijela Hadrović, Jelena Ilijaš, Silvija Smoljan, Andrijana Rajič i Anamarija Divjak.

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Amalia Aime

French national team member in fencing

Amalia Aime, a member of the French fencing team visited the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital.

France is the world champion in fencing and the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital proudly takes care of the health of top athletes.

In the photo with prof. Dragan Primorac, M. D., Ph. D. and assoc. prof. Damir Hudetz, M. D., Ph. D.

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Albert Thür

Croatia

Total hip replacement with efficient direct anterior approach

„I heard about St. Catherine Specialty Hospital through colleagues who are in medicine. Considering that I'm a surgeon, I looked at everything from a different angle and paid attention to some other things. Regarding  the operation, I was looking for a method that would return me to my everyday life as soon as possible, and I found that in St. Catherine Specialty Hospita. Suffice it to say that a few years ago I was operated in St. Catherine Specialty Hospital but with right hip and now I came again for surgery on my left hip. I hade no doubt about chooseng yoo agani because you gave my confidence, I knew I have here excellent service. The nurses are extremely kind, the food is excellent. Everything is up to par. I really have only the words of praise.“

The patient underwent total hip replacement with efficient direct anterior approach. The procedure was performed by Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D. Orthopedic Suregon.

On the photo with nurse Petra Puntar.

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Slađana Martinović

Croatia

Total endoprosthesis of the left hip

„I came to St. Catherine Specialty Hospital on the recommendation of a work colleague and I didn 't regret. Everything is for 10. Everyone is at disposal and all the time available. The staff is cheerful. This place feels like home. Dr. Jeleč introduced me to the whole process and from the very beginning I was informed about everything. As we agreed-that's how it was."

The patient underwent total endoprosthesis of the left hip, performede by Željko Jeleč, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgeon.

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Dragan Šćepanović

Croatia

Minimally invasive decompression of the lumbar spine at the L3-L4 level and decompression of the carpal tunnel

„I came to the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital through a recommendation. Dr. Bilić made an examination and within 3-4 days everything was already arranged. I did all the tests for the operation in St. Catherine Specialty Hospital within 2 hours, while elsewhere it would take several days. Everything is military and exact. There is no delay, if it was agreed at 10:00 a.m. - it was at 10:00 a.m. I can't praise enougt the nurses . I really have never experienced this level of service anywhere. I must also praise Dr. Bilić, who explained me everything  in detal and with a loto f patience, until I understood everything. It is important to me that, with his unquestionable expertise, he can also explain it in layman's terms so that I really understand him. An extremely correct and frendly doctor."

The patient underwent minimally invasive decompression of the lumbar spine at the L3-L4 level and decompression of the carpal tunnel. The procedure was performed by Assistant professor Vide Bilić, M.D., Ph.D. General Surgery Specialist, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist, Traumatology Subspecialist.

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Romanov Vasilii

Inguinal hernia surgery

„Since I 'm not from Croatia, but I currenty work here, I searched  for hospital on Google. I caught my eye on St. Catherine Specialty Hospital and you didn 't disapointed me. You have big experts and that gave me a confidence. I have only the words of praise. The feeling is like I 'm in five star Hotel. Everyone are very profesional and kind, from doctor to oder medical staff.“

The patient underwent inguinal hernia surgery. The surgery is performed by Mislav Rakić, M.D., Ph.D., general surgery specialist, abdominal and oncology surgery subspecialist.

In the photo with the head nurse of the department Jasinka Stanić.

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Patricia Bentley Steele

USA

Total knee arthroplasty with „Physica KR“ implant

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Barbara Topolovec

Croatia

Endoscopic myringoplasty – eardrum reconstruction

"I am very satisfied with the overall service and approach at St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. I would like to praise every single employee of the Hospital, everyone is very approachable, extremely kind and at your service whenever you need help. I would especially like to praise Mislav Malić, M.D., Ph.D.. From the first examination, doctor Malić explained everything to me in a very detailed and layman's way, and we easily agreed on the operation that followed. The procedure itself was successful, the pain was minimal, and the recovery was very quick. I feel great. Because of this individual and friendly approach to the patient, I did not feel afraid. On the contrary, I felt completely safe before, during and after the procedure, which is commendable and definitely a big advantage of St. Catherine Hospital, which I would recommend to everyone."

The patient underwent endoscopic myringoplasty (eardrum reconstruction). The procedure was performed by Mislav Malić, M.D., Ph.D., FEBORL-HNS, otorhinolaryngology specialist.

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Snježana Grđan

Croatia

Excisional hemorrhoidectomy

“I came for an examination with Dr. Ana Dimova at St. Catherine Specialty Hospital on the recommendation of my niece, who was operated on by Dr. Dimova to solve her hemorrhoid problem. With her professional, sincere and warmhearted approach, Dr. Dimova immediately won my trust, so I decided to have the surgery too, which, like the recovery itself, exceeded all my expectations. I feel reborn and I must thank to Dr. Dimova and all the employees of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital who are responsible for my life returning to normal after more than 20 years.“

The patient underwent excisional hemorrhoidectomy. The procedure was performed by Ana Dimova, M.D., general surgery specialist and digestive surgery subspecialist.

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Filip Zubčić

Croatian World Cup alpine ski racer

The first Croatian winner in the World Cup giant slalom race Filip Zubčić visited St. Catherine Specialty Hospital.

St. Catherine is the official hospital of the Croatian Ski Association and takes care of our ski racers.

In the photo with our cardiologist Dario Jelić, M.D., internal medicine specialist, cardiology subspecialist.

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Mario Pavlić

Unstable elbow stabilization with internal and external ligaments and tendons reconstruction

"I heard about St. Catherine Specialty Hospital when I inquired about the surgery and this Hospital was highly recommended to me from several sources. From the moment I arrived at the Hospital, it was clear to me that I had made a good choice. Tadija Petrović, M.D., Ph.D. did an excellent job and also want to mention dr. Vilim Molnar and the other doctors and nurses who took care of me during and after the operation. They do their work professionally and diligently and are completely dedicated to the patient.

I am very satisfied with the physical therapy, especially the approach of the physiotherapist Jelena, with whom I work. Considering the severity of the injury, I believe that I made the right decision by coming to St. Catherine Hospital. "

The patient underwent unstable elbow stabilization with internal and external ligaments and tendons reconstruction. The procedure was performed by Tadija Petrović, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopaedic and Traumatology Surgeon.

In the photo with the Jelenom Kelemen, bacc. physioth..

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Mouhamed El Bachir Ngom

Latvia football player of the Riga FC football club

Knee arthroscopy and ACP Angel injection application

"My football manager suggested me St. Catherine Specialty Hospital and I didn't regret it even I had to come from Latvia. I had knee arthroscopy and now Im in little pain but the nurses are taking care of me. Eduard Rod, M.D. Ph.D., prepared me and explained everything befor the surgery so he and his team had my full confidence, what was very importat for me and my foodbal career. After the surgery I had a full support from the nurses, physiotherapist and doctor. Everyone were very kind to me and they made my stay here pleasant .I would definitely recommend St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. "

The patient underwent knee arthroscopy and ACP angel injection application . The procedure was performed by Eduard Rod, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant professor, Orthopedic Surgeon. 

In the photo with the physiotherapist Renato Derković, bacc. physioth.

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Davor Crnobori

Croatia

Umbilical hernia surgery under local anesthesia

"My wife found out about St. Catherine Specialty Hospital via web. She decided to send an inquiry along with my medical documentation, and the very next day she received all the requested information and an appointment for a preliminary examination. For me personally, the deadline in which the surgery could be performed was very important, and it was performed surprisingly quickly. I gained complete trust in the professional staff of the St. Catherine Hospital and in Dr. Ana Dimova, who performed the procedure. During my stay in the hospital, everyone was very kind to me and my family, always ready to help and clarify any ambiguities related to the procedure itself and recovery. The surgery was performed, as explained to me, by the minimally invasive method, therefore the recovery was very quick. I can really recommend St. Catherine Specialty Hospital to everyone because of the extremely good and positive experience."

The patient underwent umbilical hernia surgery. The procedure was performed by Ana Dimova, M.D., general surgery specialist and digestive surgery subspecialist.

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Lujo Stanišić

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction

"I heard about St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. from a friend and I decided to have an examination after seeing various public experiences of patients that were excellent. Eduard Rod, M.D., Ph.D., impressed me already at the examination itself, because I saw that I am not just a number to someone, he gives me his full attention and all the explanations related to my situation and explained all the treatment options. I was convinced of the same sense of dedication of the entire medical team after the operation. Everyone is so professional, kind and staying here is really pleasant. I have to thank everyone who made the course of the procedure and the recovery after it easier and more pleasant - from all the doctors, nurses and physiotherapists to the cleaners and the lady who made me coffee. I am not sorry that I trusted the solution of my problems to the St. Catherine Hospital, I definitely recommend it to anyone with the same or similar problems. "

The patient underwent Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction. The procedure was performed by Eduard Rod, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgeon.

In the photo with the nurse Vedrana Pedić and physiotherapist Renato Derković, bacc. physioth.

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Dijana Žigman

Croatia

Lumbar Microdiscectomy - Minimally Invasive Operation of the Lumbar Spine

First of all, I would like to highlight the very kind, friendly, and very helpful staff of St. Catherine. Every employee has a smile on its face, and is ready to help and give professional advice at any time. What I especially want to emphasize is the detailed preoperative preparation and treatment, as well as the course of the operative procedure itself - this is a completely different, top level. Due to the very good and high-quality relations of the medical staff mutually and the hospital's multidisciplinary approach, I felt comfortable and completely safe. The apartment I stayed in was very spacious, and I would definitely like to emphasize the level of cleanliness and orderliness of the room. Indeed, every honor and praise for St. Catherine Specialty Hospital in every segment. Finally, I want to thank my doctor and operator Marjan Rožanković, M.D., Ph.D., Consultant Neurosurgeon, for whom I came to St. Catherine. He is truly a real expert for whom I have only good words and praise, as well as for the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital in general.

The patient underwent Lumbar Microdiscectomy (Minimally Invasive Operation of the Lumbar Spine). The surgery was performed by Marjan Rožanković, M.D., Ph.D., Consultant Neurosurgeon.

In the photo with the nurse Darija Marušić-Piškor.

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Petar Dundara

Dynamic Anterior Shoulder Stabilisation (DAS)

I found about St. Catherine Specialty Hospital through the recommendation of a friend. I am very satisfied, I have nothing but praise for the team who took care of me during my two-day stay at the Hospital. I would certainly praise Tadija Petrović, M. D., Ph. D. who explained everything to me and was very accommodating. I'm glad that he performed the surgery. Although I am still recovering, I am already much better and the procedure itself went well, recovery is going according to plan.

The patient underwent Dynamic Anterior Shoulder Stabilisation (DAS), a new technique used to treat complex forms of anterior shoulder instability and the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital is a unique place in Croatia where this method is routinely performed. The surgery was performed by Tadija Petrović, M. D., Ph. D., Orthopaedic and Traumatology Surgeon.

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Mervana Fisher

Croatia

Partial Knee Replacement

I would sincerely like to thank to the entire medical staff of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, from the extremely kind nurse Tereza, with whom I arranged the operation, through my doctor, excellent operator Željko Jeleč, Ph.D., M.D., Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgeon, who explained everything to me in detail and made the operation a success, right up to the head nurse of the department, Jasminka, who especially encouraged me before the surgery itself and dispelled all my fears with her answers to my questions. I would also like to thank to prof. Dragan Primorac, M.D., Ph.D., who by coming to visit, without removing the smile from his face, made my stay here more plasant and additionally contributed to a positive experience with this hospital. I really have just the words of praise for the entire team of St. Catherine, they did a great job together. I came to St. Catherine Specialty Hospital on the recommendation, and now I will definitely be the one who will recommend everyone else with the same or similar problems to contact this world-class hospital without any doubt or fear.

The patient underwent partial knee replacement. The procedure was performed by Željko Jeleč, Ph.D., M.D., Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgeon.

In the photo with the head nurse of the department Jasminka Stanić.

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Branka Šurina

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction

"In the St. Catherine Hospital, I decided to have an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery at Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D. From the first meeting with the Hospital, from the initial examinations and diagnostics to the operation and leaving the Hospital, I have nothing but words of praise for everything. The entire team of the orthopedics department, from housekeepers, nurses and technicians, head nurse, physiotherapists to doctors, they are all extremely kind, sympathetic, caring and always available. Also, the conditions, i.e. orderliness and cleanliness, are at the highest level. All this made my stay at this Hospital an extremely positive and pleasant experience. Special thanks to Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D. for his expertise, care and kindness, understanding and patience for all my questions, and anesthesiologist Ira Đevahira Husedžinović Kliškinjić, M.D. for her kindness, empathy and warmth. From my experience, this is a hospital for every recommendation. "

The patient underwent Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction. The procedure was performed by Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics.

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Uroš Martinšek

Total hip replacement

"After a good experience with my wife's knee surgery in St. Catherine, I decided to my surgery here. I don't regret it at all, because the service was at a high professional level - from the first examination to the discharge from the Hospital. I would really like to praise access of dr. Jeleč. Every day after the operation he visited (at least 2 times) and had a short chat with me, which was very encouraging and helpful for me. The entire team took very good care of me, especially right after the surgery. "

The patient underwent Total hip replacement. The procedure was performed by Željko Jeleč, Ph.D., M.D., Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgeon.

In the photo with nurse Gabriela Čagalj.

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Mihael Mesić

Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization with subpectoral biceps tenodesis

"I have known about the St. Catherine Hospital for a long time, through posts on social networks but also through the recommendations of colleagues who performed procedures in this hospital. I received information from some former users that if I want service at the highest level, I should contact the St. Catherine Hospital. I can say that my experience was also extremely positive during the entire process, from the first examination by dr. Petrović to the MR imaging of the shoulder and all the way to the surgery performed by dr. Petrović. I can definitely confirm that anyone looking for service at the highest possible level, St. Catherine Specialty Hospital is the right place. Once again, praises to dr. Petrović, the medical team and all the other employees who made my stay at the hospital very pleasant. The service and kindness is at the level it should be - the highest!"

The patient underwent arthroscopic shoulder stabilization with subpectoral biceps tenodesis. The procedure was performed by Tadija Petrović, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopaedic and Traumatology Surgeon.

In the photo with nurse Irena Skozrit.

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Nina Liszt

Croatia

Total Knee Replacement

It has been a month since Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics implanted a total endoprosthesis of the left knee to me in St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. When choosing the operator and the hospital where I will have the operation, I set myself two criteria. My first and basic criterion was the choose a top orthopedist. For years I have been following Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, and I appreciate his impeccable expertise and professionalism. My choice of operator was decisive and easy, and I am very satisfied with the outcome of the surgery. My second criterion was the choose an institution where I would receive the best possible, top-notch service: St. Catherine Specialty Hospital fulfilled absolutely all my expectations. From the first contacts to the exit from the hospital - everything was flawless: expertise, personalized approach, professionalism, ambience and high standard. I am grateful to the caring, kind and, above all, professional medical staff for making my stay in hospital so pleasant. Today, I am walking independently, returning to my usual activities and planning to have another knee surgery - hopefully with the same team. I am proud that we have a world-class hospital like this in Croatia.

The patient underwent the total knee replacement surgery. The surgery was performed by Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics.

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Aleksa Kocijan

Partial Knee Replacement

"I cannot praise enough the entire team of the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, who made this procedure and my stay in the Hospital much easier and more pleasant. I feel great after the surgery and I would recommend Dr. Vrdoljak and the St. Catherine Hospital. The expertise, service, ambience of the Hospital and the team of experts who work there are simply excellent."

The patient underwent Partial Knee Replacement. The procedure was performed by Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon.

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Petra Marinac

Croatia

I must emphasize my satisfaction with Dr. Snježana Komadina, M.D., specialist in dermatology and venereology, but also with the rest of the medical staff of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. I brought my daughter Petra to the first examination to Dr. Komadina. I came to the examination worried and afraid about her condition, but the approach of the doctor and the medical staff of the Hospital quickly dispelled my initial concern and uncertainty. Snježana Komadina, M.D. is extremely patient and kind, she explained everything to me in detail and reassured me about Petra's condition. I would especially like to highlight Dr. Komadina's approach and way of communicating with children. From the first moment, she easily established contact with Petra, which is why she didn't take the smile off her face during the entire examination and was not afraid at all. For both of us, this was a really positive and pleasant experience, so we will definitely continue to visit Snježana Komadine, M.D. in St. Catherine.

In the photo with our Snježana Komadina, M.D., specialist in dermatology and venereology.

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Leon Mrkić

Croatia

For the St. Catherine Hospital I found out through the recommendations of a friend, which initially gave me the motivation to do the initial examinations after my injury right here. The service is really on the level. From the beginning, the entire team was extremely approachable and professional, which is why I decided to do the postoperative physical at the same place. Physiotherapists are great. Here I have to give special mention to Marina, who has been working with me since day one and constantly pushes me one step forward. I came to the first physical exam with one crutch, bad posture and bad gait. Due to business commitments, I had to get to the level of proper walking within 3 weeks and that's what delighted me the most. Along with the constant supervision of Marina, her colleagues, Ivana and Marko, corrected me and helped me whenever they noticed some detail. The recovery from the start of physical rehabilitation was exponential. Muscle tone returned, I was free of crutches and started walking after only 8 treatments.

In the photo with Marina Grgić, bacc. physioth.

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Josip Baković

Croatia

Postoperative rehabilitation

I started the rehabilitation program at St. Catherine Hospital on a friend's recommendation. I did physical therapy after knee surgery with physiotherapist Jelena Kelemen, bacc. physioth., whom I would like to thank for her excellent work. With her help, I quickly returned to my normal life and daily activities. I would also like to praise the entire medical staff of this Hospital. My sincere recommendations for St. Catherine Specialty Hospital to eveyone.

In the photo with Jelena Kelemen, bacc. physioth., during postoperative rehabilitation.

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Blaž Kovačević

Hernioplasty – surgical treatment of inguinal hernia

" Looking for the best solution for my hernia problem, I decided on St. Catherine Hospital and soon realized that I couldn't be happier about that decision. Everything, from the application process itself to the surgery itself, went flawlessly thanks to the care, kindness and professionalism of Dr. Stefan Dimov and the entire medical team. The results after the surgery exceeded all my expectations and now I feel like a new man. Their dedication to patient care is truly outstanding and I definitely recommend St. Caherine to everyone who is looking for top-quality medical care in a pleasant and safe environment. I would also like to point out the impeccable organization and top-quality equipment in the Hospital, which gave me extra security and comfort during the entire process. I am grateful to everyone at St. Catherine for an unforgettable experience and great care."

The patient underwent hernioplasty (surgical treatment of an inguinal hernia). The procedure was performed by Stefan Dimov, M.D., specialist in abdominal/digestive surgery.

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Maja Turniški

Croatia

Shoulder Arthroscopy - Minimally Invasive Shoulder Surgery

I have only a positive experience with St. Catherine Hospital - stress-free and very calm, which was the most important thing for me personally. The medical staff is very kind and I can say that they were always one step ahead of me, because they provided me with everything I needed, even before I asked or called them. The service is at a high level, and everything I was interested in was explained to me in detail. I really have words of praise for every employee of St. Catherine, from my operator Tadija Petrović, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopaedic and Traumatology Surgeon, through the rest of the medical staff who took care of me the whole time, all the way to the physical therapy team. Absolutely every person in St. Catherine, from the time I arrived to the time I left the hospital, treated me as a human being, not just a number or an object, which you can rarely experience anywhere else. Therefore, the most sincere recommendations for St. Catherine Specialty Hospital.

The patient underwent minimally invasive shoulder surgery (Shoulder Arthroscopy) - rotator cuff reconstruction, subpectoral tenodesis of the long head of the biceps, treatment of the acromioclavicular joint and subacromial decompression. The procedure was performed by Tadija Petrović, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopaedic and Traumatology Surgeon.

In the photo with Ivan Šemnički, bacc. med. techn.

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Đulka Zejnilagić

Total Knee Replacement

On the recommendation of a friend, I decided to have knee surgery at St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. Already at the first examination with Assoc. Prof. Dinko Vidović, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon I gained great trust in him, so I agreed to the indicated operation without thinking. The medical staff of the Hospital is very friendly, obligingly, and above all professional, so my entire stay in St. Catherine was very pleasant. The implantation of the total knee endoprosthesis went perfectly well, and I was on my feet already on the second day with the help of the physiotherapist. Due to all of the above, I would sincerely recommend St. Catherine Specialty Hospital to any patient who needs this or a similar surgical procedure.

The patient underwent the total knee replacement surgery. The surgery was performed by Assoc. Prof. Dinko Vidović, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon.

In the photo with the head nurse of the department Jasminka Stanić and physiotherapist Renato Derković, bacc. physioth.

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Peter Eglauer

Arthroscopic Elbow Surgery

"I heard all the best about St. Catherine Specialty Hospital and I'm absolutely satisfied. Dr. Petrović approach is very professional, explained everthing in detail and he did a brilliant job – I'm more than satisfied. I have just only one word for the physical rehabilitation team – outstanding. I'm fully recovered after short time due to top treatment from doctor and therapist."

The patient underwent Arthroscopic Elbow Surgery. The procedure was performed by Tadija Petrović, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopaedic and Traumatology Surgeon.

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Edo Mimica

Total hip replacement

"Given that I felt great pain in my left hip when walking, I started researching the possibilities of surgical operation as part of the treatment and I found that only a few hospitals perform the total hip replacement with a direct anterior approach and I found the best references for St. Catherine Specialty Hospital through the patient experiences on the website. And I don't regret the decision at all because all my expectations were justified. The relationship between the nurses and doctors and all the employees is extraordinary. All praise to the entire St. Catherine team."

The patient underwent total hip replacement. The procedure was performed by Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon.

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Sava Bogdanović

Surgical Expansion of the Spinal Canal and Decompression of the Nerves

I would like to thank the entire team of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, especially to Prof. Dragan Primorac, M.D., Ph.D. and to Vladimir Kovač, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon, for the extraordinary attention and care they showed for me as a patient and, most importantly, for enabling me to live a healthy life. Accordingly, I dedicated my book to them because they successfully got me rid of the pain that prevented me from living a normal life. I would recommend St. Catherine to everyone.

The patient underwent surgical expansion of the spinal canal and nerve decompression. The procedure was performed by Vladimir Kovač, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon.

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Dario Tupek

Croatia

Lumbar Microdiscectomy - Minimally Invasive Operation of the Lumbar Spine

On the recommendation of a friend, I decided to come for an examination in St. Catherine to Assistant Professor Vide Bilić, M.D., Ph.D., General Surgery Specialist, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist, Traumatology Subspecialist, because of severe pain in my back and in left leg. Taking into consideration that I wanted a quick and efficient solution, I decided to do a surgery as recommended by Assistant Professor Vide Bilić, M.D., Ph.D. Almost immediately after the surgical procedure, I felt great relief, and there was almost no pain. Also, I must praise the work of physiotherapist Jelena Kelemen, bacc. physioth., who helped me a lot in my progress during physical therapy, and after which I felt as if I had never had a surgery. I would recommend St. Catherine Specialty Hospital to everyone.

The patient underwent Lumbar Microdiscectomy (Minimally Invasive Operation of the Lumbar Spine), and the procedure was performed by Assistant Professor Vide Bilić, M.D., Ph.D., General Surgery Specialist, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist, Traumatology Subspecialist.

In the photo with Jelena Kelemen, bacc. physioth. during postoperative rehabilitation.

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Modrić Marko

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction

"We heard for the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital from family members and friends who had undergone diagnostic examinations or orthopedic surgeries. We are very satisfied with the complete service and hospital team. Asst. Hudetz lived up to all our expectations and is rightly known as the best knee surgery specialist. He is extremely professional and extremely kind. I feel great after the surgery and we definitely recommend the St. Catherine Hospital."

The patient underwent Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction. The procedure was performed by Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics.

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Vesna Pristovnik

Slovenia

Lumbar laminoforaminotomy

I came to St. Catherine Specialty Hospital on the recommendation of a physiotherapist from Slovenia who works with athletes and he said that St. Catherine is the best choice to solve my problems. Considering the long waiting list for surgery in Slovenia, it didn't take me long to decide on surgery in St. Catherine. I can only say that I made the best possible decision. Already two days after the procedure, I feel great. I cannot praise enough dr. Bilić, who is so professional, patient, explains everything and more than once if necessary. The medical team take such good care of me and are available to answer any questions I may have. Many thanks to the entire team of the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital and sincere recommendation to everyone.

The patient underwent lumbar laminoforaminotomy. The procedure was performed by sssistant Professor Vide Bilić, M.D., Ph.D., General Surgery Specialist, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist, Traumatology Subspecialist.

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Lucija Brtan

Croatia

Center for Ophthalmology - Contact Lenses

"I've been wearing prescription eyeglasses for a long time, so I wanted to give contact lenses a chance. In search of a specialist examination for contact lenses, and based on the good experiences of other patients, I decided to go to St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, and I did not regret my choice. I entrusted the care of my eyes to Tamara Knežević, M.D., Ph.D., ophthalmology specialist, who is a very professional, thorough and pleasant physician. During the examination, doctor Knežević explained each step to me and was very friendly and kind, which provides reassurance to frightened patients like me. I didn't have to wait to get an appointment, and in St. Catherine Hospital welcomed me in a very pleasant and friendly atmosphere, from the medicals staff at the reception to the ophthalmology team in the clinic. The first examination for contact lenses went without any problems, doctor Knežević and nurse Ivana were very understanding and ready to help at any time. I would like to give a special praise to the nurse Ivana, who gave me all the attention and showed maximum patience during the practice of putting on and taking off the lenses, which I was scared of at the beginning. I will certainly continue to check my eyes and eyesight in St. Catherine, and to other people I sincerely and warmly recommend the entire team of the Center for Ophthalmology of St. Catherine, you will definitely not make a mistake if you choose this Hospital and its services!"

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Žiga Mlakar

Slovenia

Inguinal hernia surgery

"I would like to thank Ana Dimova, M.D., general surgery specialist and digestive surgery subspecialist for her professionalism and caring attitude, as well as the successfully performed surgery. I always received clear answers to all my questions from her, which means a lot to me as a patient. I would also like to thank the rest of medical staff of St. Catherine for their kindness. St. Catherine Specialty Hospital is really a high-level hospital."

The patient underwent inguinal hernia surgery. The procedure was performed by Ana Dimova, M.D., general surgery specialist and digestive surgery subspecialist.

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Ante Delija

Croatian MMA fighter and current PFL heavyweight world champion (2022).

Ante Delija entrusted his health to the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, who proudly takes care of the health of many top athletes, and to our dr. Trpimir Vrdoljak, an orthopedic specialist with extensive experience in the treatment of acute and chronic injuries.

In the photo with our Ivanka Mesar, bacc. med. tech. and physiotherapist Renat Derković, bacc. physioth.

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Istok Rodeš

Croatia

Croatian alpine ski racer

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Matej Vidović

Croatia

Croatian alpine ski racer

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Leona Popović

Croatia

Croatian alpine ski racer

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Michael Rosenberg

Total hip replacement

I decided to have the surgery at St. Catherine Specialty Hospital through a recommendation from a friend who had a similar procedure and was very positive about his experience.

Before the procedure, I had difficulty walking and pain in my hip and knee. After the procedure I felt much better and was delighted with the outcome.  I used St. Catherine for the preop tests, surgery and the rehabilitation. I was very satisfied with all phases, services are carried out in a highly professional manner. Dr. Vrdoljak was very informative about all elements of the procedure and very caring and reassuring in his manner. This alivieted any prior concerns that I had and made me trust him and his skill.  I must say that overall care by all staff in all departments in the clinic is first class and I would highly recommend St. Catherine for this or any similar procedures.  polyclinics.

The patient underwent total hip replacement. The procedure was performed by Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon.

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Mateo Kovačić

Croatian football player

Croatian national football team member Mateo Kovačić visited the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital after great success at the World Football Championship in Qatar.

In the photo with prof. Dragan Primorac, M.D., Ph.D. and prof. Igor Borić, M.D., Ph.D.

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Marko Mamić

Croatian national handball player

Marko Mamić entrusted his health to St. Catherine and Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of orthopaedics with extensive international experience in the field of sports and orthopedic traumatology.

In the photo with our physiotherapist Renato Derkoviće, bacc. physioth.

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Karla Colnar

Scoliosis surgery

„In 2020 I was diagnosed with scoliosis, a deformation of the spine. At that time, the degree of scoliosis was such that it was necessary to be treated with an orthosis. After some time, it got worse despite orthotic treatment and on the recommendation of my orthopedist, I was referred for further consultation. Through acquaintances, my parents and I heard about Vladimir Kovač, M.D., Ph.D., as the greatest Croatian expert in the treatment of children's scoliosis and spinal deformities. We did the first examination shortly after the first contact with the doctor and he recommended the surgery. Prof. Kovač was honest and objectively explained to us what kind of surgery it was and what the risks were, which particularly impressed us. Shortly after our conversation, we decided to have surgery. Prof. Vladimir Kovač recommended treatment at the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital as one of the top institutions that can perform preoperative preparation and postoperative care, as well as the operation itself, at the highest level. We arrived at the hospital the day before the operation and stayed in the hospital suite, which was spacious and pleasant to stay in. The surgery was already on the second day and almost completely painless, and I was sitting on the second day after the surgery and on the third day I was already walking. After seven days I was discharged for home treatment. The whole experience was beyond all our expectations. All this would not have been possible without the great experience, knowledge and expertise of prof. Vladimir Kovač and his team who performed the operation flawlessly. The service itself, from the first to the last day of hospital stay, was at the highest level. We were especially impressed by the care and concern of the medical team on the 3rd floor of the St. Catherine Specilty Hospital and all the physiotherapists to whom we can only say a big thank you for everything. We would especially like to thank prof. Dr. Vladimir Kovač for his care, approach to the patient, professionalism and expertise. At the same time, all praise to the team of the St. Catherine Specilty Hospital for the extremely professional service, kindness, warm approach and smile they had at every step. We sincerely want to recommend the St. Catherine Specilty Hospital.“

The patient underwent scoliosis surgery. The procedure was performed by Vladimir Kovač, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon.

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Sanja Čolić

Pain Management Clinic – Chronic Pain Management

My search for a chronic pain diagnosis took two years. The pain was unbearable and incurable because my diagnosis was unknown. I came to St. Catherine Hospital on the recommendation of a friend - initially at prof. Goran Mrak, M.D., Ph.D., neurosurgery specialist, and then I continued the treatment with Marin Lozić, M.D., Ph.D., specialist of anesthesiology and subspecialist of intensive care. Doctor Marin Lozić doesn't give up on an unusual diagnosis and he will do everything he can to make your life easier. I am still on that healing journey with him. Step by step, it is getting easier for me and I hope that soon all the pain will become a part of my past. I want to thank Marin Lozić, M.D., Ph.D. from the bottom of my heart for everything. I will continue to travel 1.100 kilometers every 15 days to get his help and support. Also, I would like to praise the extremely kind and helpful staff of St. Catherine.

In the photo with Marin Lozić, M.D., Ph.D., specialist of anesthesiology and subspecialist of intensive care

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Ivica Katić

Croatia

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy – Gallbladder Removal Surgery

Every year I do an abdominal ultrasound, and when they discovered a gallstone, I didn't pay too much attention to it at first. After talking with a doctor at another health institution in Zagreb, I decided to have another consultation about this and that's how I came to Stefan Dimov, M.D., specialist in abdominal/digestive surgery. Doctor Dimov explained everything to me in detail: what is bile, what are my options, what can go wrong, the course of the operation itself, etc. After that conversation, I realized that I had nothing to wait for, but to solve it. I didn't hesitate much and immediately arranged the operation. Why did I choose to do the surgery in St. Catherine? The reasons are preoperative and postoperative. I assumed how it would all look like, but in the end, it turned out even better than I expected. The entire medical staff was more than friendly, they were always with me and asked if I needed anything, how I was feeling, told me to call them for every little thing I need... The surgical procedure passed perfectly. I had surgery on Friday morning, and I was already out on Saturday morning. With the advices of Stefan Dimov, M.D., the recovery is going great. Once again, I would like to thank everyone, all the medical staff, but I must especially praise the anesthesiologists who took care of me during the operation. Finally, my message to everyone is that health has no price, and that is why I sincerely recommend St. Catherine Specialty Hospital.

The patient underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy - laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery. The procedure was performed by Stefan Dimov, M.D., specialist in abdominal/digestive surgery.

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Lea Banko

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction with meniscal suturing

„I came to the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital following the recommendation of friends and members of the OK Dinamo club. Considering my sports injury in a friendly match, it was most important for me to first do a high-quality magnetic resonance imaging and determine the severity of my injury. In the St. Catherine Hospital I had everything done in one day, an MRI and then an orthopedic examination who recommended surgery. The surgery was performed by Eduard Rod, M. D. who explained the entire operation process to me and who continues to monitor my recovery after the surgery. With prim. Eduard Rod communication is excellent and I feel safe about my further recovery. I must definitely praise the medical team at the Hospital who are kind, approachable and always available, as well as the physiotherapist. Now, 2 weeks after the operation, I feel well and I believe that it will be a successful and quick recovery. Thank you once again to all the employees of the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital.“

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

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Miroslav Barišić

Pain Management Clinic

„I have had pain in the lumbar segment of the spine for 12 years, so I decided to be treated at the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. After a couple of examinations with Marjan Rožanković, M.D., Ph.D., Consultant Neurosurgeon, whose appointments I received very quickly, he recommended Marin Lozić, M.D., Ph.D., and I am very grateful to him. Marin Lozić, M.D., Ph.D. helped me during the first examination and I felt much better and the pain decreased significantly. I am grateful to him that I no longer have such severe pain and that he has such an approach to the patient where he explains everything in detail. I have not had such an experience with other doctors. I have nothing but praise for the ambience of the hospital and the medical team.“

In the photo with Marin Lozić, M.D., Ph.D., specialist of anesthesiology and subspecialist of intensive care.

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Mario Mandžukić

One of the best Croatian football players and a former national football team member

St. Catherine Specialty Hospital is a well-known and recognized European Center of Excellence for Sports Medicine, to which Mario Mandžukić also entrusted his health.

In the photo with our nurse Katarina Hrestak.

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Tony i Matteo Cetinski

Croatian musicians

Our hospital was visited by our famous musician Tony Cetinski and designer and musician Matteo Cetinski.

In the photo with our Peter Brlek, M.D. and our nurses Katarina Hrestak and Tihana Benčić.

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Nika Fleiss

Croatia

Croatian former alpine skier

I really have great confidence in Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D., and therefore in the hospital he works for, St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, where I have been coming for many years to perform all examinations, especially those concerning sports injuries. To me, St. Catherine Hospital is actually a second home. I must also praise prof. Igor Borić, M.D., Ph.D., who is always at my disposal for all my problems and questions. The operation went great and I had no doubts about it, that's why I chose this hospital. Considering that I really appreciate the expertise of the St. Catherine's medical team and other additional advantages, from the beautiful environment to the really kind staff, I must definitely praise and recommend St. Catherine to everyone.

Nika Fleiss underwent knee arthroscopy with meniscal suturing in St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. The surgery was performed by Damir Hudetz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Orthopedics.

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Sandro Kolak

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

„I found out about St. Catherine Specialty Hospital through a friend. On his recommendation I decided to go for an examination and later for the surgical procedure. I can only say that the overall service is excellent, to be recommended. After the procedure itself, I felt better than expected and I was able to walk on my own on the second day. Now, after a couple of days, most of the wounds have healed. I am more than satisfied, I have nothing but words of praise for Ana Dimova, M.D., general surgery specialist and digestive surgery subspecialist, and about her extremely kind and professional approach to patient. Thanks to the entire medical team and doctor Ana Dimova.“

The patient underwent Laparoscopic cholecystectomy - bile duct surgery. The procedure was performed by Ana Dimova, M.D., general surgery specialist and digestive surgery subspecialist.

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Luka Modrić

Real Madrid C.F. & Croatia National Football Team player

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Marin Čilić

Tennis Player & US Open Winner 2014

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Roland Neff

Switzerland & Thailand

Total Hip Replacement

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Prof. dr. A. Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B.

USA

Director of the Center for Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic, USA

Prof. dr. A. Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B., director of the Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic, talks about partnership between Mayo Clinic and St. Catherine Specialty Hospital in the field of Individualized & Preventive Medicine.

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Michal Pluta

Cyprus

Lumbar Laminectomy and Insertion of the Interspinous Implant

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Gordana Večaj

Croatia

GlycanAge test

I did the GlycanAge test, a patented scientific test for precisely determining individuals biological age, in order to find out the state of my immune system and the real age of my organism. After the obtained test results, I know where I stand and in what way I should take care of my health. I am very satisfied with the service in St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, whose services I have been using for years now. I would especially like to thank Andrea Skelin, Ph.D. who explained everything to me in detail. She is very professional and kind. GlycanAge testing is simple and easy, just like regular blood testing, and it can be done at St. Catherine Hospital. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

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Doris Pole

Croatia

Croatian taekwondo practitioner

I decided on surgery in St. Catherine Hospital for several reasons. The one I would especially single out are the top orthopedic specialists, who have many successful operations on the anterior cruciate ligaments behind them, and I knew I could fully trust them. During the surgery and stay in St. Catherine, medicall team was very helpful. They were at my service whenever I needed them, they would often came to check if I needed anything and how I was feeling. Prim. Eduard Rod, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedic Surgeon has been there from the very first day for all my questions and concerns, every few weeks we have check-up examinations to see how the recovery is progressing and to get further instructions for my recovery. Currently, 13 weeks have passed since the operation, and the recovery is going more than excellent. I am very satisfied with the results so far and I look forward to returning to the sports halls.

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

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Jeremy Paul Witcher

Inguinal hernia repair

I have been delighted with the hernia surgical procedure I underwent recently at St Catherine Hospital, Zagreb. The operating surgeon Ana Dimova, M. D., general surgery specialist and digestive surgery subspecialist, was recommended to me as an experienced specialist and indeed proved to be an excellent choice. Her english language and communication skills are excellent and I was able to fully understand all parts of the process and choices being offered. The procedure itself I understand went very well and I have made a quick recovery. I found the other associated clinical services, from reception through to pre-op preparation and post-op consultation prompt and effective. I have no hesitation, based on my personal experience, recommending Dr. Dimova and St. Catherine's Hospital.

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Marija Opačak & Den Eror

Croatia

I have only words of praise for St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. The medical staff is very friendly, and the Hospital is equipped with the most modern technologies, giving patients the opportunity to undergo different examinations and tests, all in one place. All of the above, with the professional and dear Ivana Erceg Ivkošić, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, OBG Subspecialist in Gynecologic Endocrinology, Human Reproduction and Menopausal Medicine, is the reason why I decided on St. Catherine. Dr. Erceg Ivkošić is a warm, empathetic person extremely professional in her work, and I would recommend her to all women who hesitate to come for a gynecological examination. My partner Den, a proud father-to-be, also has full confidence in the doctor, which means a lot to me since he is currently away from home a lot because he is part of the "Seven Summits" mountain challenge in which rare individuals conquer the highest peaks of the seven continents. Not a single Croat has yet succeeded in this. He has conquered five mountain peaks so far and I am really proud of him, the youngest Croatian to climb Mount Everest. Given the above, it is very important to me as a wife and future mother that I have his trust in the doctor while he is away, so at any moment we can both be sure that I am in good hands, even when we are not together.

In the photo: Patient Marija Opačak and her partner Den Eror with Ivana Erceg Ivkošić, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, OBG Subspecialist in Gynecologic Endocrinology, Human Reproduction and Menopausal Medicine.

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Ružica Lukanović

Croatia

I am very satisfied with the overall service in St. Catherine, which is confirmed by the fact that every time I travel with a smile from Šibenik to Zagreb, where the Hospital is located. The medical staff is extremely kind, helpful and, most importantly, they will always greet you with a smile on their face, and that means a lot to me personally. I would especially like to praise Marin Lozić, M.D., Ph.D., specialist of anesthesiology and subspecialist of intensive care who is very simple and nice, but maximally professional in his work. Finally, I would like to emphasize the individual approach tailored to the specific needs of each patient, which all the employees of St. Catherine have to the patient. I had never experienced such treatment before, so I like this personalized approach the most. In St. Catherine patient really comes first!

In the photo with Marin Lozić, M.D., Ph.D., specialist of anesthesiology and subspecialist of intensive care

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Ana Uršula Najev

Croatia

Croatian actress

Dr. Ivana delighted me, she is an extremely kind, warm and empathetic person. Very detailed and professional in her profession, and gentle and calm in her approach, which had a very encouraging and reassuring effect on me as a young woman and patient. I came here on a recommendation, now I see why. St. Catherine is a top Hospital and there is no feeling of discomfort, so I will definitely be back for anything when needed. A big compliment to all medical staff, and especially to my doctor Ivana Erceg Ivkošić, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, OBG Subspecialist in Gynecologic Endocrinology, Human Reproduction and Menopausal Medicine.

In the photo with our Ivana Erceg Ivkošić, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, OBG Subspecialist in Gynecologic Endocrinology, Human Reproduction and Menopausal Medicine.

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Dubravko Lušičić

Hemorrhoid laser surgery

„Since I started to feel big problems with hemorrhoids, I decided to solve this problem so I started asking about possible methods and recovery. After the information about a quite long recovery after the classic surgical procedure, I decided on the laser surgery method. I received a recommendation for St. Catherine Specialty Hospital and after I had watched the video interview with Ana Dimova, M.D., general surgery specialist and digestive surgery specialist, I finally decided to have an examination and surgical procedure in St. Catherine. From the first phone meeting with medical team of St. Catherine Hospital, I realized how organized, fast, professional and friendly the entire team is. This kindness left a special impression on me from the first contact. Doctor Dimova is extremely approachable, professional and always ready to communicate. As she said the course of recovery would be, that's exactly how it was. I can freely say that St. Catherine Specialty Hospital's team and Ana Dimova, M.D. brightened the rest of my life.“

The patient underwent Hemorrhoid laser surgery. The procedure was performed by Ana Dimova, M.D., general surgery specialist and digestive surgery subspecialist.

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Karlo Mandić

Croatia

Extraction of the existing implant and fixation with a longer implant at a more favorable angle for the purpose of epiphysiodesis of the femoral head growth plate

In late 2020, I started to feel pain in my leg. The examination revealed that it was femoral head epiphysiolysis and that I needed surgery. After surgery in one health institution, I was on crutches for as long as two months. Taking into consideration that I walked for a long time with the help of crutches, we decided to go to St. Catherine Specialty Hospital for the second opinion of Darko Antičević, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedics Surgeon, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon. During the examination, Darko Antičević, M.D., Ph.D. concluded that the the fixation implant is too short and placed at the wrong angle, so that I could no longer do sports, which is very important to me. Based on this examination, I decided on another operation in St. Catherine to be able to play sports again. The operation went well, without any problems, and my recovery was very fast, so I returned to my usual activities and trainings with minimal exercise. One month after surgery at the check-up examination, dr. Antičević confirmed to me that there are no more restrictions and that I can play sports again without any problems. I was very happy and I would recommend St. Catherine hospital and Darko Antičević, M.D., Ph.D. to everyone with similar problems.

The patient underwent extraction of the existing implant and fixation with a longer implant at a more favorable angle for the purpose of epiphyseodesis of the the femoral head growth plate. The surgery was performed by Darko Antičević, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedics Surgeon, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon with the operating team of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital.

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Marijana Čulin

Croatia

Fistula Laser Surgery

I would like to praise and thank all the medical staff of St. Catherine Hospital, but mostly Ana Dimova, M.D., general surgery specialist and digestive surgery subspecialist who has been dealing with my problem which I have had since 2015. Namely, after a long hesitation and fear of the classic invasive surgery for rectovaginal fistula that occurs as a result of a more severe stage of Crohn's disease, surfing the Internet I came across the website of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital which treats fistulas with laser and stem cells. Both methods of treatment attracted me and gave me hope that I would finally, after 7 long years, get rid of the abscess. Big 'thank you' to the wonderful dr. Dimova who already at the first proctological examination freed me from the fear and trauma that has been lingering in me for 7 years. From personal experience, I can confirm that women postpone such examinations just because of discomfort and shame. I give a 5-Star rating to dr. Dimova, as well as to the entire Hospital where I have undergone fistula laser surgery and done the whole preoperative and post-operative process. The service is a world class, so much so that at one point I thought I was dreaming, because after comparing it to a month of treatment at another health institution, it feels like I live in two parallel worlds. I definitely recommend to everyone St. Catherine Specialty Hospital and wonderful dr. Ana Dimova.

The patient underwent fistula laser surgery. The procedure was performed by Ana Dimova, M.D., general surgery specialist and digestive surgery subspecialist.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kevin Wayne Priest

United Kingdom

Lumbar Microdiscectomy Surgery

Having recently moved to Slovenia with an existing spine problem, a new friend recommended St. Catherine Specialty Hospital to me. After a quick check, I found it was only 2 hours drive so I contacted the Hospital and was booked in for a consultation within days. As I am originally from the UK, I had no experience of Hospitals in Croatia. So, on the very first visit any concerns I had were gone as every staff member impressed me so much - everyone was very helpful, efficient and professional and that gave me huge confidence in knowing I was dealing with the right people. I booked in for my surgery with Marjan Rožanković, M.D., Ph.D., Consultant Neurosurgeon only 1 week later where I had amazing care and I really can’t thank everyone enough. If any of my friends or family were unfortunate enough to need a hospital, I would have no hesitation recommending St. Catherine Hospital to them.

The patient underwent lumbar microdiscectomy surgery. The surgery was performed by Marjan Rožanković, M.D., Ph.D., Consultant Neurosurgeon.

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Aleksandar Škorić

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Dragan Markon

Croatia

Revision Total Hip Replacement

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.

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Jordan Varesko

England

Total hip replacement surgery with direct anterior approach

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.

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Jesse Day

Pilodinal sinus surgery - laser

St. Catherine Specialty Hospital restored my faith in the provision of health care for foreigners in Croatia. The service exceeded all my expectations and is at an enviable world level, everyone is extremely kind, professional, there are no barriers in communication in English. For example, I really can't stand needles and they make me feel uncomfortable, but the nurses were so attentive and understanding and made the situation easier for me. Dr. Dimova is very accommodating, kind, professional and gave me all the information immediately during the examination, but also during recovery after the procedure. My big wish was minimally invasive laser surgery, not the classic one that was offered to me in other polyclinics. I would really recommend St. Catherine, the entire team and especially Dr. Dimova.

The patient underwent pilodinal sinus surgery - laser. The procedure was performed by Ana Dimova, M.D., general surgery specialist and digestive surgery subspecialist.

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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.

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Kosta Minovski

Croatia

I am very satisfied with the service in St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. The approach of the medical staff, the professionalism and expertise of Marin Lozić, M.D., Ph.D., specialist of anesthesiology and subspecialist of intensive care and Marjan Rožanković, M.D., Ph.D., consultant neurosurgeon, as well as the complete service – everything is at a very high level. That is why I always return to St. Catherine Hospital regarding my health problems. Sincere recommendations to all.

In the photo with Marin Lozić, M.D., Ph.D., specialist of anesthesiology and subspecialist of intensive care

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Luka Stepančić

Croatia

Croatia national handball team member

I needed surgery because of the injury. I had a couple of options for surgery that I was thinking about, but in the end there was no doubt - I opted for St. Catherine Specialty Hospital and Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., orthopedic surgeon. The operation was successful and now I can say with certainty that I did not make a mistake by choosing St. Catherine Hospital. I have only words of praise for dr. Vrdoljak, but I must also praise the rest of the medical staff - nurses, other doctors, as well as physiotherapists who are helping me to recover as quickly as possible so I can return to my daily activities. They are all extremely professional and kind. It was a great experience and I would sincerely recommend St. Catherine to anyone. Now I still have to fully recover, but I am sure that the recovery, just like the operation, will be fast and successful.

In the photo with our nurses Ana Marija Fiket and Antonija Prugovečki and physiotherapist Renato Derković.

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Bruno Petković

Croatia

Croatia national football team player and player of the football club „Dinamo“

I would like to thank the entire medical team of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital on top service and professionalism. Sincere recommendations to all.

In the photo with Krunoslav Štefančić, bacc. med. rad., chief engineer of radiology

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Božica Potočki

Croatia

I am very satisfied with the service in St. Catherine, both with the nurses and with prof. Neven Tudorić, M.D., Ph. D., specialist in internal medicine and subspecialist in pulmonology and allergist. The doctor told me immediately at the first examination what it was about and he was extremely kind. I have no objections, only praise for all the medical staff at St. Catherine Specialty Hospital.

In the photo with our prof. Neven Tudorić, M.D., Ph. D., specialist in internal medicine and subspecialist in pulmonology and allergist.

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Petra Marčinko

2022 Australian Open Junior winner

I am satisfied with the service in St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, I managed to do all medical examinations on time, without waiting. All doctors were very kind to me and that is why I feel good in St. Catherine Specialty Hospital."

In the photo with our prof. Renata Zadro, M.D., Ph.D., specialist in medical biochemistry and laboratory medicine.

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Marta Pranjić

Croatia

I had a sports injury of a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and now, after surgery, I am feeling much better. After a month I walk without crutches and orthoses, already bending my leg at the knee. Recovery is going in the best possible direction. And I hope to play the basketball again. I would like to recommend the team on the department who prepared me for surgery. During the operation, my mother was informed about the course of the operation. They recognized her concern and fear and they were with her. We cannot describe expertise, humanity, attention of Željko Jeleč, M.D, Ph.D. After the operation, he explained and answered all our questions again and again, and most importantly, he knew everything about my great love - basketball. He treated me like a doughter, which meant a lot to me. The second day after the surgery I was already walking with the help of two crutches and an orthosis and the wonderful, patient physiotherapist Renato.

I started my rehabilitation four days after the operation in Zagreb. Physiotherapist Filip works individually with me. My parents and the whole team of St. Catherine gives me support and help.

One big THANKS to all the team of the St. Catherine Hospital for all the attention, care, cordiality, care, expertise, humanity that you give us. If I had to have surgery again, I would definitely go to doc. Jeleč and St. Catherine Hospital.

The patient underwent reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament and the procedure was performed by Željko Jeleč, Orthopedic Surgeon.

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Marin Hlad

Croatia

Eduard Rod, M.D., Ph. D., orthopedic surgeon instructed me in the whole surgery proccess, explained to me in detail what would be done, and that reduced my fear in this whole procedure. The next day after the surgery, I was immediately able to move my arm. I feel great and I am very satisfied with the whole approach, starting from the examination at the Eduard Rod, M.D., Ph. D. to the overall outcome of the surgery.

The patient underwent Coracoid Transfer for Shoulder Instability - Latarjet Shoulder Surgery. The procedure was performed by Eduard Rod, M.D., Ph. D., orthopedic surgeon.

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Hasan Mujakić

Bosnia and Herzegovina

I would like to thank the entire team of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, from doctors to nurses, for their kindness and complete service. I underwent all specialist examinations in St. Catherine and finally spinal surgery.

I will recommend your services to everyone and emphasize the kindness of your team and the expertise of medical work.

The patient underwent lumbar microdiscectomy and the procedure was performed by Krešimir Saša Đurić, M.D., Ph. D., specialist in Neurosurgery.

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Silvija Kuharić

Croatia

I am grateful for the densitometry I won. I am delighted with the approach of the entire team of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. The service is at a high level and the new ambience is wonderful. All recommendations for the St. Catherine Hospital.

At the photo with Tara Stojaković, bacc. med. rad.

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Ivana Šuto

Croatia

I thank St. Catherine Specialty Hospital for the densitometry I received and really needed. I am very satisfied with every step, from the first contact to the reception and processing. The whole team is great and the ambience is very pleasant. Congratulations!

At the photo with Zvonimir Matić, bacc. radiol. techn.

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Alexandra Maria Fabris

You really are so wonderfully kind, thank you! It was a really scary thing for me to have this operation in a foreign country without even the language skills to help me ‘connect’. You and all your colleagues were AMAZING!!! Truly, with all my heart, I wish to thank one and all for the amazing experience I had at the hospital. Whenever we need medical attention, my sons and I will only ever go to St. Catherine!

The patient underwent reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament and the procedure was performed by Trpimir Vrdoljak, M. D., Orthopedic Surgeon.

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Mislav Oršić

Croatia

Croatian national team player and player of the football club „Dinamo“

I thank the entire team of St. Catherine on fast and professional service. A sincere recommendation to everyone.

At the photo with Krunoslav Štefančić, bacc. med. rad., after MRI

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Ivana Vrdoljak

Croatia

I would like to thank the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital on a won mammography. 2 years ago, as an employed woman, I realized that health care is extremely important and I decided on a managerial systematic examination at St. Catherine. I was delighted with the service and expertise of the whole team and especially with the fact that everything can be done in one place because we know that time is crucial today. In St. Catherine I also did a diagnostic genetic test for hereditary diseases. The whole service is quick and easy. This is my first the award I won and I am very happy and delighted with the examination which was pleasant and easy.

At the photo with Tihana Benčić, nurse.

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Istok Rodeš

Croatia

Croatian alpine ski racer

I'm extremely satisfied with the fast and professional service and I would like recommended St. Catherine Hospital to everyone.

At the photo with Krunoslav Štefančić, bacc. med. rad. and Zvonimir Matić, bacc. radiol. techn., after MRI

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Eduok Samuel Emem

Croatia

FC Hajduk Split player

I am very pleased with the service at St. Catherine Specialty Hospital. I feel great after the surgery. Now follows physical rehabilitation. All praise for the entire medical team.

 The patient underwent knee arthroscopy using the most innovative method of treatment - Autologous micro-fragmented adipose tissue with mesenchymal stem cells and Arthrex Angel PRP (platelet-enriched plasma).

The procedure was performed by Fabijan Čukelj, prof., Ph. D., M. D., specialist in orthopedics, traumatology and sports medicine.

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Barbara Huljek

Partial knee arthroplasty

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.

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Niko Renić

Croatia

A week after the procedure, I went to physical therapy at St. Catherine Hospital. I feel great with no pain and the progress is fantastic. Very quickly I started walking without crutches and feeling safe. I am positively surprised by the approach of Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon. He explained everything to me in detail so I knew what to expect from the procedure itself. From 1 to 10 I give St. Catherine a rating of 50. They are all fantastic, very kind and the ambiance is pleasant. Thanks also to physiotherapist Marko. Rehabilitation is for every compliment, especially the individual approach. If I had any health problem I would choose St. Catherine. My warm recommendation to everyone who finds themselves in a situation where they need surgery, rehabilitation or a certain examination and diagnosis.

The patient underwent hip arthroscopy (with suturing of the labrum), and the procedure was performed by Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon.

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Ante Erceg

Footballer of the Danish first league Brandby who currently plays for NK Osijek

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.

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Goran Doboš

Knee arthroscopy

I chose St. Catherine Specialty Hospital because of the reputation and affordable offer. I was thrilled and surprised with the approach to me as a patient. I believe that this individual approach cherished by the hospital is what separates her from all private and public health institutions. Before St. Catherine, I was at several other private examinations and received mostly "modest" informations. Therefore, in St. Catherine Hospital, I especially want to recommend the first examination and meeting with Željko Jeleč, Prof., Ph. D., MD, orthopedic surgeon, subspecialist in traumatology of the locomotor system, who explained everything to me in detail and I knew what to expect. Confidence in the doctor is the most important, because it gives security in the treatment and reduces fear. The surgery went great and I feel really good and there is no more pain. I also thank the all hospital team who took care of me during the treatment, everything was at a high level. To anyone who has health problems I warmly recommend to arrange an examination in St. Catherine Specialty Hospital.

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Dražen Anzulović

Right knee arthroscopy & Application of mesenchymal stem cells from adipose tissue in both knees

„Due to the health problems that befell me I decided to undergo surgery, having confidence in the doctors and the hospital in Croatia. Considering that some people suggested that I perform the surgery outside of Croatia, I am glad that I decided on the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital because everything is absolutely at the highest level, from dr.. Jeleč and the entire medical team, which is what the patient needs during such surgery. I also decided to undergo physical rehabilitation in St. Catherine Hospital, I have nothing but praise for the professional team, the progress is visible and I can say that already 10 days after the procedure I am ready to return to my workplace."

The patient underwent Right knee arthroscopy & Application of mesenchymal stem cells from adipose tissue in both knees. The procedure was performed by Željko Jeleč, Ph.D., M.D., Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgeon.

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Vedran Šimunić

Croatia

Knee Arthroscopy

„For the St. Catherine Hospital I found out from a friend and I am really satisfied with the overall service. Nurses and technicians, physiotherapists, doctors, they are all very caring, polite, communicative and professional. All the time before, during and after the operation, they asked me if I was in pain, if everything was fine and if I needed anything. Prof. Vidović explained everything I was interested in before the procedure itself. Now after the procedure I feel great, better than I expected."

The patient underwent Knee Arthroscopy procedure. The procedure was performed by Assoc. Prof. Dinko Vidović, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon.

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Miomir Mugoša

Montenegro

One-stage bilateral total hip replacement

„After I had my first examination with dr. Vrdoljak, I immediately decided to undergo surgery with him at the St. Catherine Specialty Hospital, because he seems so confident and I was convinced of his expertise. He gave me all the necessary information and the procedure went great. Immediately after the procedure, I didn't feel any pain and that delighted me. The medical team was so kind to me, I have absolutely no complaints. I feel great and I would recommend this hospital to anyone who decides to undergo surgery."

The patient underwent one-stage bilateral total hip replacement. The procedure was performed by Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D. Orthopedic Suregon.

In the photo with physiotherapist Domagoj Brkanac.

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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.

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Danijela Tambolaš

Croatia

I came to St. Catherine Hospital for a general medical examination, which included an examination by Ivana Erceg Ivkošić, M.D. Ph.D.specialist in gynecology and obstetrics. The doctor explained everything in detail and really dedicated enough time to me. I am so impressed with the examination that I decided to share my experience, and I will definitely continue to come to the next examination. I am extremely satisfied with the approach, professionalism and kindness of the doctor. I didn't even feel the examination and Papa test. The entire experience with the team is really positive and I will be happy to come another time.

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Renata Davosir

Croatia

I came to Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, on the recommendation of a young man from Petrinja who told me about his experience with the doctor and the St. Catherine Hospital and I'm glad that I listened to him. Already at the first meeting I was convinced how much the entire team of St. Catherine Hospital is kind and helpful. I felt comfortable, even though I had to have surgery. I was especially impressed by the kindness of the nurses who constantly visited me after the procedure and took care of me. Now, 2 weeks after the procedure, I feel great and I would really recommend St. Catherine Hospital to everyone who has similar problems, given the kindness, professionalism and really fast service of the Hospital.

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Dino Rađa

Croatia

Croatian basketball legend, successful NBA player and the member of the Hall of Fame

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Robert Miškić

Croatia

Knee arthroscopy

A couple of years ago I had a disc herniation surgery at St. Catherine Hospital. I was very pleased and delighted with the overall service. When I had problems with my knee, I did not hesitate for a moment and I called to make examination with Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., an Orthopedic Surgeon who also performed the procedure on my knee only week after. I'm very satisfied with his approachment and I can honestly say he is an expert in his field. All medical staff is just great and I felt like I wasn’t in the hospital. It was so comfortable. Physical therapy was well organized. My warm recommendation for St. Catherine Hospital to everyone who needs medical help.

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Ivana Dežić

Croatia

Handball player

"Thank you all very much, you were all wonderful! Thank you so much for your humanity!” Ivana Dežić, player of ŽRK Koka Varaždin.

Our patient underwent reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament with a reconstruction of the anterolateral ligament of the left knee. The procedure was performed by Eduard Rod, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon, a specialist in orthopedics, specialization in traumatology of the locomotor system.

Dear Ivana, thank you for trusting us! We wish you a speedy recovery!

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Dino Rađa

Croatia

Successful NBA player and the member of the Hall of Fame

Dino Rađa, a legend of Croatian basketball, successful NBA player and the member of the Hall of Fame talks about his experience with our Hospital. Dino is the fourth Croat who become a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The patient underwent a minimally invasive procedure for the application of stem cells from adipose tissue in both knees in combination with the PRP method.

He waited three months to see the result of this special therapy and then pointed out that his right knee felt immediately better like somebody extinguish the fire.

The procedure was performed by Eduard Rod, M.D., Ph.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, specialization in traumatology of the locomotor system in coordination with prof. Dragan Primorac, M.D., Ph.D.

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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. 

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Dino Kovačec

Austria

SKU Amstetten

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire staff of the St. Catherine specialty hospital for the kindness and professionalism I received, from arriving at the hospital to the examination and the surgery itself. I am extremely pleased with the overall treatment! I would especially like to thank Eduard Rod, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon, who performed my surgery and helped me, with his advice, to have as successful and as painless recovery as possible. Many thanks to everyone!

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Stjepan Juhar

Croatia

"On this occasion, I would like to thank everyone in the St. Catherine specialty hospital for the kindness and professionalism I received, from arriving at the hospital to the examination and the surgery itself. I am extremely satisfied with the overall treatment! I would especially like to thank Željko Jeleč, Prof., Ph.D., MD, Orthopedic Surgeon who performed my surgery, helped me and gave me his advice to make the recovery as successful and as painless as possible. Big thanks to everyone!”

Stjepan underwent reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament – the surgery was led by Željko Jeleč, Prof., Ph.D., MD, Orthopedic Surgeon.

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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!

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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.

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Maja Bistrički

I came to St. Catherine Dental Centre because I had a tooth ache for two days. I was fascinated how Dr. Ivan was calm, polite and professional. I have to praise how everything was very fast, painless and according to high hygiene protocols, which is extremely important to us all under current circumstances. Thanks to the entire team!

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Vesna Lupi

Croatia

Hip prosthesis implantation surgery by Trpimir Vrdoljak, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon.

Thank you very much, the stay at hospital was wonderful as well as the treatment, all at high level. Humane, professional and with a lot of mutual love.

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Marko Arapović

Croatia

Professional Basketball Player, (Galatasaray S.K., Turkey)

The stem cells treatment (application of micro-fragmented adipose tissue with stem cells) that I have recently received was executed perfectly and completely pain free. As a professional athlete I always need quick and efficient ways of making the pain go away. Stem cells treatment did exactly that. Perfectly executed procedure followed by greatly coordinated doctor-physiotherapist treatments did wonders for my knee and left me with nothing but praises for the whole St.Catherine hospital. I would like to thank you all for everything you have done for me!

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Vesna Strmečki

Croatia

I am extremely happy to get a complementary gynecological examination, Pap test and ultrasound at St. Catherine Specialty Hospital by a random pick through Facebook as part of the plan of raising awareness about cervical cancer which the hospital did. I was greeted by the extremely kind personnel, not only via telephone and email, but during my hospital stay in a very clean and comfortable atmosphere all the polyclinic in Trpinjska street in Zagreb. The gynecologist Assist. Prof. Erceg Ivkošić, M.D., Ph.D. positively surprised me with her simple and warm approach. Firstly, we talked a lot about everything and she listened carefully to me and after that we did the Pap test and examination which I didn't feel at all because she was very gentle. She showed me everything on ultrasound and explained it. I found out a lot of new information and was extremely pleased to be a patient at St. Catherine Specialty Hospital and dr. Ivkošić. I was lucky to win this complementary examination! I plan on returning after this great experience because it gives me trust and safety and that very important human factor which is being lost in the world often.”

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Mirjana Jovanović

Croatia

I was delighted with the care at St. Catherine Hospital! I have to note that I have done the procedures that you have to wait for up to a year and a half in state hospitals in a very short time. My special thanks goes to dr. Eduard Rod on a very detailed examinations as well as to Marina Čukoić who reduced my fear of MR scans. The nurses were very kind and explained everything to me. I was impressed that there was no waiting and that every time I was admitted even a few minutes before schedule.

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Darinka Smetiško

Croatia

I came to St. Catherine Specialty Hospital to do a color doppler of the veins. I am very pleased with the examination and the physician's and health care professional's approach. I have to thank dr. Pavlović who did a precise examination and gave me all the information – like an encyclopedia. I underwent examination before schedule, so I was surprised there was no waiting. I will recommend dr. Pavlović and St. Catherine to my colleagues and friends.

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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.

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Radmil Smojver

Croatia

I have been coming to St. Catherine before to do MR scans, ultrasound diagnostics and specialist examinations. I was very impressed with the complete quality of care and approach. Therefore, I decided to do a general medical examination in prevention purposes. The examination was very thorough, precise and high quality. I would recommend it! Everything was quick, without waiting. Dr. Tomislav Pavlović i Dr. Jasmina Ćatić, Ph.D. are exceptional physicians. Abroslute excellene on the highest level. Dedication to the patient, analysis, recommendations, giving advice, great approach – phenomenal! The emdical examination should be done once per year and I we will be seing each other in a year! Thanks for everything and a truly happy that I discovered the services this hospital offers in Zabok and Zagreb!

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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!

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Valent Sinković

Rower

I am very pleased with the care and quality approach by physicians and medical personnel. A very pleasant experience!

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Satoshi Ishii

MMA fighter and Olympic winner in judo

I am very satisfied with the overall service at St. Catharine Hospital. Everyone is very kind and the expertise of the doctors is great.

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Anna Davydova

Russia

I came to St. Catherine's Specialty Hospital for regular check-up. I am from Moscow and this is my first time to be in one Croatian hospital. I came to Croatia last year in September. I was really afraid before I came. I was lucky to visit gynecologist first, assistant professor Ivana Erceg Ivkosic, MD, PHD and she was great. She took away all my fears. She is so kind and she treated me as her best friend, empathetically and gently. Feeling for us women during the gynecological exam is very important and I am very happy that I came here. Everything is clean and cozy. I would like to recommend dr. Ivana Erceg Ivkosic to every women as well as whole St. Catherine’s hospital and polyclinic. All staff is very kind and friendly. Everything excellent.

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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.

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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.

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Cristiane De Olivera Dias

Brazil

Service at St. Catherine Hospital is great! Reminds me of Brazil where I was born and raised. Brazil has a very well-regulated health system. My sister and her husband are gynecologists and have their own private practice, which reminded me very much of your gynecology for its high quality and equipment. I have been living in Berlin, Germany  for quite some time now, where I am not satisfied with my health service.

The executive health evaluation I had  at St. Catharine's Specialty Hospital really impressed me, and it covered everything I needed. Complete service of St. Catharine's Specialty Hospital is great and the entire medical staff is fantastic. I would like to emphasize my particular satisfaction with the gynecological examination with doctor Ivana Erceg Ivkošić. The doctor informed me in detail about everything I needed to know. She was gentle and kind with fantastic and correct approach. I'll definitely see you again.

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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.

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Ivan Sršen

Handball player HC Nexe

Thank you to all the staff at St. Catherine Hospital for exceptional cordiality and hospitality. Thank you nurses.

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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.

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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.

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Žaklina Jakovljević

Croatia

My first impression is fantastic. The medical staff is very friendly. I received detailed instructions. I must emphasize my extreme satisfaction with the gynecological examination. The doctor is very kind and professional. She explained everything to me in detail. It has provided me with all the information I would never remember to ask, but it is very important that I know it. The review went great. It was very gentle. I didn't feel any fear. Very comfortable atmosphere and everything is very clean.

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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.

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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.

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Alen Dergez

Croatia

Football player

Eduard Rod, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon performed my surgery (anterior cruciate ligament) and everything went great. Before the surgery, doctor Rod explained every step to me in detail, so I knew exactly what everything would look like and what I could expect. The physical therapies are so exceptional that after the first one I was already able to lift my leg, and every additional time it got even better. Huge praise to the entire medical staff of St. Catherine specialty hospital, both in Zabok and in Zagreb. Truly excellent and professional approach.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Carly

USA

Carly is 17 years old, and for 10 years we struggled to control her anxiety, ADHD, and depression until we found the RightMed test. Having this information as part of her healthcare lead to an extreme improvement in her condition and has greatly eased Carly's mind. I’m forever grateful and thrilled to know the RightMed test exists - Sandy, mother of Carly

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Rachael

USA

When I got my RightMed results, it showed that oxycodone, the medication I had been prescribed that didn’t work, was predicted to have little effect for me at a normal dose. After my test results validated this for me, I became serious about sharing them with my other doctors. I’m relieved that I finally have a resource to show doctors whenever I need new medications.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Barbel Haussmann

Germany

For almost seven years I’ve had a huge problems with my spine, which kept me from performing my everyday chores or just live my regular life; I couldn’t sit for a long period of time, drive a car, work at a computer, and when I would want to get up I would be in a lot of unbearable pain. That lead me to seek solution in renowned German and American hospitals, and after almost seven years, my frustration became even greater because I experienced no progress, and I could not live normally and deal with everyday life.
A friend of mine recommended St. Catherine Specialty Hospital to me, and I did my due diligence and found out that the hospital was a center of excellence and had amazing medical experts for spinal issues, which lead me to finally come to Croatia and begin with my treatment.
St. Catherine Specialty Hospital team, led by Dr. Darko Perović, after initial investigations, opted for the radio frequency ablation procedure, which is a treatment of nerve branches on the joints of my spine. The procedure lasted only 2 hours, under local anesthesia, and I left the hospital the same day.
Right after coming back from the hospital, I felt much better. All of a sudden, all the daily activities seemed effortless and I didn’t feel any pain and struggle that I felt before. Truly, after a very long time, I felt like I was born again. If you can imagine the feeling of not being able to sit, or water the flowers in your garden, or drive a car, etc. Now, I can do all these things thanks to St. Catherine’s team.
I would once again like to thank St. Catherine Specialty Hospital team from the bottom of my heart for being so amazing and professional and for everything they have done for me. I will always gladly share my experience and recommend St. Catherine hospital to my friends in Germany and other countries.
Thank you, St. Catherine!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Kelsie Anne Dunnage

Australia

Thanks so much for your kind care. You made the experience easy and stress free. Thanks Kelsie

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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!

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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.

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Mathieu Carle

KHL Medveščak player

After the surgery in St. Catherine Hospital, I feel great. I don’t feel any pain and I’m looking forward to speedy recovery. It seems I’ll recover even sooner than it was initially thought. Of course, I’d like to get back to the ice rink as soon as possible; I’m a professional ice-hockey player, that’s my life! However, I’m still not at ease with everything, which is normal after a spine surgery, but I’m surprised how good I’ve been feeling and that I can walk and sit down without any trouble.

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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.  

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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.

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Davor Šuker

President of the Croatian Football Federation

It was our desire to have medical care for Croatian team players under one roof, and that's why we are pleased that we have found a partner who, like us, is striving to be the best in what he does. As our players achieve global results, the hospital of St. Catherine in a short time has become a center of excellence for sports medicine. As a former player, I know how the health and medical care are important to every football player and I have no doubt that this contract will guarantee our players the best possible service in this context . When we talking about the hospitals , all that I can say is; St. Catherine Hospital is Space Shuttle among hospitals!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ivo Karlović

Tennis player

As a professional athlete and a tennis player, I’ve often had to deal with back injuries, knee injuries, shoulder and other joint injuries. In these cases, it’s crucial to quickly and accurately diagnose the source of the problem so that I could return to the court as soon as possible. In these cases, it’s comforting to know that I can rely on such a professional, kind and trustworthy team led by Dr. Borić who has always been and will continue to be ready to help me.

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Ranko Vučinić

KHL Medveščak spokesperson

We had full confidence in experts of St. Catherine Hospital, and that was why we chose St. Catherine Hospital for Mathieu Carle’s spinal surgery. After that, St. Catherine Specialty hospital is for us and our players the first and only choice.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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