With its surroundings, Zagreb has become a leading health tourism centre, recognized primarily for the establishment of specialized clinics that have become a place for experts to specialize and for the introduction of innovative treatment methods and new technologies. Moreover, Zagreb's proximity and good traffic connections to health resorts and hotels inland and on the coast is an additional incentive for local community and private sector investments in the development of the offer.
>> Zagreb – centre of medical excellence
Always among the first
The University Hospital Centre in Zagreb includes the Heart and Blood Vessel Disease Clinic, which performed the first catheterization of the heart in Croatia, only four years after the first such procedure in the world. Back in 1978, an echocardiographic laboratory was set up in this clinic, which soon became the reference centre of the European Cardiac Association and the World Health Organization, where more than 700 home and foreign cardiologists were trained. Some of them are responsible for establishing the Heart and Blood Vessel Disease Clinic at the University Hospital Dubrava, while some of these experts are among the founders of the Magdalena Clinic for Cardiovascular Disease in Krapinske Toplice. Today, these three centres compete with the world's best cardiovascular disease centres.
The University Hospital Merkur is the number one hospital in the world according to the number of transplanted livers per million inhabitants. In 2015, the University Hospital Merkur transplanted its thousandth liver, with a 96 percent transplant success rate, which is a superior result. The University Hospital Merkur is also known for cross-transplantation and transplantation of non-conforming blood groups.
>> University Hospital Merkur: Among the leading international transplantation centres
St. Catherine Specialty Hospital is among the few European institutions that first started using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), derived from fat tissue, in clinical practice. In 2015, the orthopaedic team for the first time in the region introduced a new medical alternative in the region: meniscus transplantation - an arthroscopic procedure that uses donor tissue to replace the damaged meniscus.
Radiologists, neuroradiologists, oncologists and surgeons with various specialities who have gained experience in leading local and world centres today make up the expert team of Radiochirurgie Zagreb, a private clinic for cancer diagnosis and treatment. The clinic has advanced tumour diagnostic technology and the Varian EDGE radiotherapy and radiosurgery suite. This is the next generation linear accelerator for high precision radiosurgery as a non-invasive alternative to classical surgery.
The latest technology in dental implants in a toothless upper jaw and lower jaw - All-on-4 and Zygoma All-on-4 - a method that eliminates the long-lasting process of upper jaw bone rejuvenation is the main feature of the Ortoimplant Dental Spa in Zagreb, which is the first Zagreb office that has also started to implant the latest pterygoid implants.
Pioneers in their field
Bagatin Clinic today is the leader in cosmetic surgery and dermatology in the region, unique in its use of the VECTRA 3D device, which enables the simulation of postoperative appearance. It also has state-of-the-art laser technology, which is applied in dermatological and dental procedures, as well as in innovative laser treatment against snoring with impressive results worldwide.
Prof.dr.sc. Nikica Gabrić and prof.dr.sc. Iva Dekaris from the Clinic Svjetlost, the first private university clinic in Croatia, were among the founders of the first Croatian eye bank in 1994, and each of them has more than 1000 corneal transplants to their name. They are also Croatian pioneers of corneal transplants with tissue tested in the eye bank.
The founder of the IVF Polyclinic, the first private Polyclinic for gynaecology, obstetrics and reproductive medicine for in-vitro fertilization (IVF and ICSI), prof. dr. sc. Velimir Šimunić, is one of the IVF pioneers in the world. He acquired knowledge in the University Hospital Centre Zagreb, one of the oldest clinics for gynaecology and obstetrics in this part of Europe. Thanks to this experience, top technology and quality of service, the IVF Polyclinic competes on equal footing with leading centres in Europe.