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Feb 6

High volume of international patients

High volume of international patients

In the past 6 years we have done a lot for the promotion of Croatian (health) tourism. Particularly striking are the results of the last six months in which we have operated on patients from 11 different foreign countries (USA, Russia, Ukraine, England, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Latvia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Sweden). 06.02.2016.

May 8

Interview with Robert Saftic MD, director of Axis Special Hospital

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Endoscopic spinal surgery procedures significantly decrease cost of treatment and enable quicker return to work. Biggest expert for minimally-invasive spinal surgery procedures in Croatia and south-eastern Europe, Robert Saftic MD spinal neurosurgeon, achieved his education in most prominent clinics of the world. He is a member and speaker on most world congresses of minimally-invasive spinal surgery. […]

Apr 26

Pioneer spinal surgeon operated with the techniques he invented – dr. Anthony Yeung

Pioneer spinal surgeon operated with the techniques he invented – dr. Anthony Yeung

Dr. Anthony Yeung of the DISC (Desert Institute for Spine Care) is a board certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon who specializes in diagnosing and treating the causes of back pain and sciatica from painful degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine, particularly herniated discs, bulging discs with annular tears, and foraminal stenosis. His techniques have proven to […]

Apr 22

New patient from United Kingdom

New patient from United Kingdom

This gentlemen from the UK first visited us in January 2012. After three cervical spine procedures in the UK, he decided to travel to Croatia for treatment of his thoracic spine. Actually, on that occasion we have performed first thoracic micro-endoscopic spinal surgery in this part of Europe and significantly improved quality of his life. […]

Jan 7

Another international patient successfully operated in Croatia

Another international patient successfully operated in Croatia

Few weeks ago, patient P.J. from Serbia contacted us regarding his cervical spine disc disease at two levels. Within few days, medical documentation was reviewed, surgery indicated and performed by our leading spinal neurosurgeon Robert Saftic MD. We have performed  Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion (ACDF) surgery in general anesthesia. Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is […]

Dec 7

How fast do we treat international patients?

How fast do we treat international patients?

What is health tourism, and how fast do we treat international patients? Patient from Bosnia first contacted us last Friday. He submitted his medical documentation and detailed description of his symptoms. In last 6 days (including 2 days of weekend) we have reviewed his documentation, performed preoperative diagnostics and agreed financing with international insurance provider. […]

Jul 31

You are offered a minimally-invasive spinal surgery? Continue reading before scheduling your surgery

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We will start this article with quoting world renowned spinal surgeon, pioneer of minimally-invasive surgery who shared his techniques and educated hundreds of surgeons worldwide, dr. Martin Knight from The Spinal Foundation (United Kingdom). “Don’t be confused by clinics offering Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) which by definition has an incision of less than 7.5mm, […]

Jul 26

Spinal Surgery in Croatia – The New Revolution

Spinal Surgery in Croatia – The New Revolution

Axis Special Hospital (formerly Vertebris International Spine and Joint Hospital) is European leader in non-fusion spine technology and artificial disc replacement to treat back pain and neck pain. Located in Zagreb, Croatia, Axis Special Hospital cares for patients regionally, nationally, and internationally. Why? The reason is simple: spine research. There is more spine research conducted at Axis Special Hospital than […]

Jul 13

Ultimate Guide to Spine/Joint MRI, CAT or X-Ray CD Transfer

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In this article we will explain to to easily compress, upload and share your spine/joint diagnostic imaging disc (CD/DVD) containing your MRI/CAT/X-Ray scan with any doctor or hospital in the world. Procedure is easy and simple, just follow our steps. If you encounter a problem or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact […]

Jul 9

Axis Hospital Staff Issued a Book on Health Tourism

Axis Hospital Staff Issued a Book on Health Tourism

Mr. Roberto Posavec and Dr. Robert Saftic have published a book about electronic and mobile business (patient communication and interaction, data management) and internet marketing strategies in health tourism. At the end of the last academic year, Mr. Roberto Posavec successfully wrote and defended the final thesis with title “Electronic and mobile business in health […]

Jul 9

Instructions Before Spinal Surgery

Dear prospective patients, After reviewing your medical data related to your spine or joint problem and proposing you with a treatment plan, you need to fill in the Questionnaire which will help our anesthesiologist dr. Nikola Perisa to understand your general health condition. Based on your replies in the Questionnaire, we will send you list of […]

Jul 9

Knee replacement FAQ

Jul 9

Informations, Instructions and Exercises After Endoscopic Spine Surgery

On bellow links you can download post-operative exercises and post-operative instructions advised after endoscopic and laser spine surgery. Post-operative exercises after endoscopic and laser spine surgery (courtesy of dr. Alfen) Post-operative instructions after endoscopic and laser spine surgery (courtesy of dr. Alfen)

Jul 9

Spinal Surgery FAQ

Jul 9

Free spine MRI Review and Second Opinion

After you have an MRI performed, your physician specialist may provide you with either a set of films, CD of images, or a diagnostic report. All of these recorded forms can be used to diagnose a back or neck condition. The MRI Review Department is dedicated to reviewing each record and making an initial determination […]

Jul 9

Interview with Mr. Roberto Posavec – head of international patient relations at Axis Special Hospital

Medical and Wellness Tourism talks to Spine Surgery Croatia founder, Roberto Posavec, about why he decided to enter the medical tourism industry, his service offering and what the future holds… MWT: At such a young age, what inspired you to enter the medical tourism industry? There are two main reasons. Firstly, my family situation, in […]

Jul 9

Hip Replacement FAQ

Sep 11

Endoscopic Spine Surgery: 6 Things to Know About the Present and Future

For the past few years, minimally invasive spine surgery has described several different procedures. Professional spine societies are now working to narrow the definition of proven minimally invasive procedures and promoting the education and use of these procedures with appropriately indicated patients. Anthony T. Yeung, MD, an endoscopic spine surgeon with Desert Institute for Spine […]

Sep 11

Percutaneous Endoscopic Spine Surgery (History, Indications and Complications)

Wolfgang Rauschning’s work illustrating the patho-anatomy of degenerative disc disease and degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine serves as a basis for treating pathologic findings with tissue-sparing, minimally invasive spine surgery. (1) Ideally, surgical interventional approaches should preserve normal anatomy and access the patho-anatomy without injuring normal tissue. The dorsal muscle column, if compromised as […]