St Catherine Specialty Hospital: Orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine in Croatia

St Catherine Specialty Hospital in Zabok, Croatia is a European centre of excellence providing expert diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic conditions and sports injuries, including knee ligament and cartilage damage, meniscal tears, foot deformities, fractures, shoulder injuries, osteoarthritis and back pain. Experienced in the treatment of elite athletes, the hospital works at the forefront of developments in orthopaedic treatment to offer novel techniques such as CaReS-1S matrix technology and Mesenchymal stem cell therapy for cartilage repair.

A member of the prestigious ‘The Leading Hospitals of the World’, St Catherine Hospital also specialises in spinal health, neurology, gastroenterology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and anaesthesiology. The hospital treats both adults and children and is a centre of excellence for the surgical treatment of osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease).

In addition to a full range of services at the main hospital in Zabok, St Catherine also provides physical rehabilitation and seven specialist clinics (orthopaedic, spinal pain, pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, gastroenterology and cardiology) at its polyclinic in Zagreb. Orthopaedic consultations are available the hospital’s satellite clinic in Split.

Why choose St Catherine Specialty Hospital?

  • Internationally-recognised, award-winning hospital
  • Expert physicians affiliated to Croatia’s medical schools
  • Teaching hospital licensed to carry out bio-medical research; currently involved in European Commission ‘Pain Omics’ project and the development of Lipogems® technology for osteoarthritis and cartilage lesions
  • State-of-the-art diagnostics including advanced MAGNETOM Avanto MRI scanner and high resolution ultrasound
  • Operating theatres equipped with digital Philips Veradius fluoroscopy (C-arm) with a flat detector
  • Scientific collaborations with leading European, American and Israeli clinics and specialists in the fields of orthopaedics, spinal surgery, anaesthesiology and pain management, and radiology
  • International reputation in the field of sports medicine; official hospital of the Croatian Olympic Committee and of the Croatian Football Federation

Treatments available at St Catherine Specialty Hospital

St Catherine Hospital offers a range of specialist treatments and services, including:

  • Radiology and imaging: MRI of the brain, spine, neck, abdominal organs, musculoskeletal system and blood vessels. Ultrasonography including color Doppler
  • Orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine: ACL reconstruction, hip replacement, knee replacement, fracture care and trauma, hand surgery, arthroscopy, shoulder surgery, foot and ankle injuries, correction of foot deformity (e.g. Hallux valgus or bunion), paediatric orthopaedic conditions, sports injuries, meniscus transplants, regenerative orthopaedics and tissue engineering, Lipogems® (Mesenchymal stem cell therapy), surgical treatment of osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Spinal health: pain management, minimally invasive day case therapeutic interventions, disc herniation surgery of the cervical and lumbar spine (laser disc decompression, endoscopic spinal procedures, microdiscectomy), minimally invasive stabilisation and dynamic stabilisation, kyphoplasty, spinal surgery
  • Neurology: a comprehensive range of neurological diagnostics and tests including electromyography, neuromuscular junction testing, application of Botox with electromyographic monitoring, and cognitive evoked potentials
  • Gastroenterology: specialist investigation and treatment of gastrointestinal conditions including colonoscopy, gastroscopy, abdominal ultrasound, abdominal color Doppler, color Doppler of the blood vessels of the abdomen, contrasting liver ultrasound, transient liver
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation: Customised pre-operative, post-operative, post-traumatic, sports, degenerative, prevention and ‘IT syndrome’ rehabilitation programmes based on a variety of methods and techniques in addition to medical gymnastics, including manual joint manipulation, electrotherapy, magnetotherapy, therapeutic ultrasound, ultrasonophoresis, shock wave therapy, cryotherapy and cryo-compression therapy, electrostimulation of muscles and nerves, functional electrostimulation, biofeedback training, continuous passive motion (CPM), Kinesio Taping, functional taping, PNF, MULLIGAN, BOBATH, CYRIAX, McKENZIE, DNS and manual massage
  • Anaesthesiology and perioperative medicine: pre-operative assessment, general anaesthesia, local or regional anaesthesia, autologous blood transfusions

Affordable orthopaedic surgery and specialist treatment

St Catherine Specialty Hospital provides rapid access to an affordable range orthopaedic procedures and specialist treatments. Popular treatments include:

Radiology and imaging

MRI scan (1 body area) - £200

CT scan (body scan) - £200

Ultrasound scan (1 area) - £100

X-ray (1 view) - £60


Bunion surgery - £2500

Bursitis (injection treatment) - £100

Carpal tunnel release - £1700

Knee arthroscopy - £1500

Shoulder arthroscopy - £3000

ACL reconstruction - £3500

Meniscectomy - £1700

Torn cartilage repair (stem cell treatment) - £3000

Shoulder replacement - £7000

Tendons in shoulder repair - £4500

Hip replacement (total) - £7000

Knee replacement (total) - £7000

Rotator cuff repair - £4000

Spinal surgery and pain management

Epidural injection - £410

Facet joint injection - £1000

Cervical disc hernia surgery - £7500

Disc hernia surgery – nucleolysis (RF) Arthrocare Spine - £3500

Disc hernia surgery – endoscopic (EasyGo) - £4000

Herniated disc removal (microdiscectomy) - £4500

Spinal fusion - £15000


Gastroscopy - £300

Colonoscopy - £300


Electroencephalography (EEG) - £100

CT brain scan: £200

Physical medicine and rehabilitation

Physiotherapy session - £40

Sport and remedial massage session - £100

St Catherine Specialty Hospital
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