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Dr. Willem Zeegers Willem Zeegers

Consultant orthopedic surgeon at Axis Special Hospital (Vertebris International Spine and Joint Hospital). If necessary and if requested by certain patient, there is possibility of attracting dr. Zeegers to perform back surgery here in Croatia.

Drs. Willem Zeegers has world wide experience with perfect diagnosis and treatment options. He is an artificial disc replacement specialist since twenty years with more then 1.900 implantations. Drs. Zeegers has over 20 years extensive worldwide experience since 1989, with > 1900 disc replacements, single and multi level procedures. He knows the pitfalls and conditions to be successful. Drs. Zeegers is able to select a treatment solution of a list of available options. Multilevel Artificial Disc Implantation (ADR) is common. Also he has experience with combinations of ADR, stabilization, fusion, and other treatments.

Why do I need Drs. Zeegers to have an ADR?

  • Perfect diagnosis (in combination with neurologist) – Drs. Zeegers has over 30 years of experience with orthopedic surgery and more than 20 years with ADR. Through these years drs. Zeegers developed an expertise in setting a precise and accurate diagnosis. First of all you need a perfect analysis. The diagnosis is the key to surgical success.
  • 20 years of surgery experience (1900 implants) – You absolutely need a spinal surgeon with many many years of experience in artificial disc replacement to prevent wrong indications, avoide complications and disappointing results after this demanding procedure. Drs. Zeegers already started with this motion preservation technique in 1989. It has been proven that experienced surgeons have better outcomes with artificial disc replacement (Orthopedics today: 2004-24-01).
  • Availability of wide range of spinal implants (not limited to special FDA rules) – To reach high success rates without complications, the implant choice is also critical: nowadays drs. Zeegers is using the Active L artificial disc and due to constant improvements in surgical techniques and implants, success rates have reached over 85%. Worldwide, different treatment options for the spine are available. Drs. Zeegers can choose from this wide range of treatment modalities. He can select the solution which is most suitable for you.


  • Direct repair of lumbar spondylolysis Acta Orthop Scand. 1985 Oct;56(5):378-9
  • Multicenter retrospective study / clinical results of the LINK SB Charite intervertebral prosthesis.
  • The initial European experience Spine. 1994 Aug 15;19(16):1842-9
  • Artificial disc replacement with the modular type SB Charite III:
  • 2-year results in 50 prospectively studied patients Eur Spine J. 1999;8(3):210-8
  • Fatal pulmonary fat embolism after dorsal spinal fusion Eur Spine J. 1998;7(5):426-8
  • The Artificial Disc Springer 2003 Chapter 11


  • European Spine Society AO Spine Group
  • GPS France Spinal Arthroplasty Society
  • Dutch Spine Society
  • Dutch Orthopaedic society
  • International Intradiscal Spinal Society
  • Dutch Trauma + NVOT Society
  • Rotary International
  • Sailing Club Muiderberg Nertherlands

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