- Ph.D. Bogdan Ambrožič, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon, Director of the clinc
Bogdan Ambrožič received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ljubljana in 1995. In 1996 he began to specialize in the field of orthopaedics, which he completed in 2001. After obtaining his specialization, he received additional education in specialized hospitals in Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Croatia, and Austria. He was educated by leading experts in orthopaedic surgery (P. Lobenhoffer, D. Dejour., W. Marth, G. Oberthaler, P. Neyeret., M. Strobel., P. Schoettle., G. Walch., L. Lafosse., P. Volpi., S. Guillo, N. Van Dyke, P. Collombet, B. Zifko, I. Bojanić).
In 2009, he received a master's degree in medical science and in 2017 he finished the Ph.D. analysing the influence of medial patellofemoral ligament on patellar stability.
His practice is based on arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgical treatments of injuries and diseases of the shoulder, knee joint and ankle, also through the use of computer technology.
In respect to the shoulder joint, he most often intervenes in arthroscopic stabilization of the joint, the stabilization of the AC joint, and in the reconstruction of the rotator cuff.
In the case of the knee joint, he performs arthroscopic repair of damaged meniscus and cartilage, reconstruction of ligaments, including multi-ligament reconstructions. In addition, he performs stabilization of the patella by reconstructing the medial patellofemoral ligament, the transposition of the patellar ligament and trochleoplasty. In the case of a knee deformity or arthrosis, corrective osteotomy is performed in the knee joint, both on the femur and on the tibia. In these procedures, he uses navigation and 3D printed guides for each patient’s and its individual anatomy. On the ankle, in addition to arthroscopy with back and frontal approaches, he performs arthroscopic stabilization of the joint and tendinoscopy.
In addition, he uses biological methods for treating damaged joints and tendinopathies with thrombocyte plasma (PRP), mesenchymal stem cells and amniotic membranes.
In Slovenia he introduced the method of stabilizing the patella with the reconstruction of the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL), the method of reconstructing the anterolateral ligament (ALL) and he performed the first meniscus transplantation. He also started performing osteotomies in the knee joint by means of navigation and patient specific guides.
He organized numerous arthroscopic symposia and workshops, and he is visiting lecturer at conferences and symposiums in Slovenia and abroad. He is a member of the editorial board and reviewer of the European Association for Arthroscopy and Sports Injury (ESSKA), reviewer of Orthopaedics Journal of Sports Medicine (OJSM), a member of the European Committee for Osteotomy, and an active member of the Slovenian Association for arthroscopy and sports injuries.
- Klemen Ravnihar, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon
Graduated from Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana in 1996. After graduating, he first specialized in general surgery, then in the field of orthopedic surgery and in 2007 received a Slovenian medical board certification for orthopedic surgery.
From 1997 to 2013 he worked in the Department of Traumatology and Orthopedics at the Jesenice General Hospital, and since 2013 he has been working in the Department of Endoprosthetics at the Valdoltra Orthopedic Hospital.
He is engaged in research work in the field of the musculoskeletal system, and in 2018 he obtained a doctorate in Biomedicine from the University of Ljubljana with a study of the effect of local anesthetics on articular cartilage.
He specializes in the treatment of degenerative and post-traumatic changes in the hip and knee joints, performs conservative and surgical treatment, application of joint injection therapies, arthroscopy and endoprosthetic procedures of the hip and knee. He regularly undergoes professional training in Slovenia and abroad, visits specialists at hospitals in other European countries and receives visits from surgeons from other countries at Valdoltra Hospital.
He is an active member of the Slovenian Association of Orthopedic surgeons and the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy ISHA.
- Ph.D. Matevž Topolovec, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon
In the year 2008 he graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University Ljubljana. In 2010, he was invited to join the research group under the supervision from prof. Roy D. Bloebaum of Department of Orthopedics, Bone and Joint Research Laboratories, Veterans Administration. In the year 2014, he successfully acquired his PhD in Biomedicine.
In the framework of the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT), he attended the EFORT Travelling Fellowship Program in Sweden at the Karolinska University Hospital and the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, where he acknowledge new, modern treatment protocols for orthopaedic patients. In the year 2016 he passed the specialist exam with compliments.
He is now an active member of the European Association of Spinal Surgeons of EUROSPINE and the Slovenian Vertebral Association, and works at the Department of Spinal Surgery at Valdoltra Orthopedic Hospital.
He is specialized in both the conservative and surgical treatment of back pain problems.