Famous patients: where do the stars receive treatment?

Famous patients: where do the stars receive treatment?

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The healthcare system in Germany is one of the most developed and promising in the world. German medical practice is closely related to scientific researches, which are carried out in university hospitals. Thanks to this, all innovative medical achievements are rapidly introduced into treatment programs. German hospitals have the latest...

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The healthcare system in Germany is one of the most developed and promising in the world. German medical practice is closely related to scientific researches, which are carried out in university hospitals. Thanks to this, all innovative medical achievements are rapidly introduced into treatment programs.

German hospitals have the latest equipment, particularly, the Trilogy System and the TrueBeam STx linear accelerators (destroy a tumor without damaging healthy tissues) and the da Vinci Surgical System (minimally invasive surgery), which allows them to ensure the highest level of medical care.

That is why most of celebrities and influential people come to German hospitals for the treatment and diagnostics by the world's leading specialists.


  1. Stem cells therapy in 5 famous athletes
  2. Leading German medical specialists
  3. German experts demonstrate excellence in all medical spheres
  4. Choosing treatment in Germany guarantees the desired result

Stem cells therapy in 5 famous athletes


Stem cell therapy is used to regenerate and repair damaged tissues in the body. Stem cells are "blank" cells. This means they are capable of developing into cells that serve numerous functions in different parts of the body.

Most cells in the body are differentiated cells. These cells can only serve a specific function in a particular organ. For example, red blood cells are specifically designed to carry oxygen through the blood.

Stem cells can divide and make an indefinite number of copies of themselves. When a stem cell divides, it can either remain a stem cell or turn into a differentiated cell, such as a muscle cell or a red blood cell.

So there's no wonder why so many professional athletes have turned to stem cell treatments. Just imagine how often their bodies are under a constant threat of injury.

Let's have a look at 5 famous athletes, who benefited from stem cell therapies.

Cristiano Ronaldo. The forward of the Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo, reportedly turned to stem cell treatment because of the knee injury in 2016. He probably injured his knee during a match, which happens frequently to football players. At first, he felt it was a cramp, but a CT scan showed the rupture. Ronaldo went for the same treatment as Rafael Nadal in 2013. Nadal reported that before the stem cell treatment he was experiencing pain for two years.

Rafael Nadal. The newspaper "El Pais" reported that Nadal was struggling to get the right treatment for his knee problems for several years. After the successful knee recovery, he then used stem cell therapy to cure the facetary syndrome (inflammation of a part of the lumbar vertebrae).

Kobe Bryant. It was known that Kobe Bryant went to Germany for stem cell therapy in 2013. Los Angeles Lakers basketball player suffered from degeneration within the knee and the treatment reportedly was successful.

Bartolo Colon. Bartolo Colon, a baseball pitcher for Major League Baseball of the United States, has damaged his rotator cuff and thought he’d never throw again. He went for treatment with stem cells. The stem cells were eventually injected into his elbow and shoulder. Back in 2010, the procedure looked suspicious. Specifically, when the New York Times broke down the complexity of it. It seems to work out well since in 2016 he became the oldest MLB player to hit his first career home run at the age of 42.

C.J. Nitkowski. Stem cells therapy was helping the left-handed baseball pitcher C.J. Nitkowski to stay in big leagues during the last decade. Somewhere along the way, he has injured the left shoulder. He didn't want to put his career on pause, so he's never dealt with surgery and a long rehabilitation. He started the treatment in 2011 and by 2012 he has already signed with the New York Mets.

Leading German medical specialists


German doctors perform miracles saving lives of hopeless patients, helping them to recover from diseases and injuries.

The best doctors in Germany:

  • Dr. Norbert Pfützenreuter has performed more than 35,000 endoscopic procedures and is one of the world leaders in endoscopic surgery. He operated on members of the Bavaria Club, many world famous celebrities.
  • Dr. med. Erich Rembeck is the founder of the Orthopedic Center in Munich. Among his patients are famous tennis players, winners of World Ski Championships.
  • Prof. Christian Stief is an international specialist who performs the most complex surgeries in prostate cancer.
  • Dr. med. Werner Mang is one of the best surgeons in Germany, Head of the clinic specializing in aesthetic surgery.


Famous patients: where do the stars receive treatment


German experts demonstrate excellence in all medical spheres


Popular celebrities also trust their health to the leading German specialists.

Dr. Ralph Boer is the expert in Neurosurgery. He was very excited despite his 20 years of practical experience, performing more than 4000 operations, among which more than 1000 were performed using minimally invasive surgery and computer navigation, that the famous actor George Clooney wanted to be treated by him. The American actor first heard the name of the leading German neurosurgeon during the report of Dr. Boer in the USA. After unsuccessful trick on the shooting of the political thriller "Syriana", the American actor suffered from acute back pain and migraines. The incident took place shortly before the upcoming wedding of J. Clooney. After treatment by Dr. Ralph Boer, the pain disappeared and no longer bothered the actor.

Lead vocalist of the U2 group Bono underwent intervertebral disc surgery, the treatment was carried out by Prof. J.K. Tonn at the Grosshadern Hospital in Munich.

The goddess of pop music Cher has repeatedly come to Germany for a treatment since the early 80s. The singer trusted the luminaries of German medicine after suffering from pneumonia in America, and the doctors were unable to establish a diagnosis correctly. The singer was getting worse, and she turned to German doctors for help, who immediately established a diagnosis and prescribed treatment. A little later, Cher shared in an interview: "German specialists have access to high-tech equipment, which most medical centers in Europe have never even heard of". The singer suffered from emotional exhaustion and a constant feeling of weakness for a long time. Dr. Norbert Pfützenreuter carried out a comprehensive diagnostics of the body, which revealed the Epstein-Barr virus in the patient.

A lot of information spread in social networks that British supermodel Naomi Campbell came to one of the centers specializing in plastic and aesthetic surgery for correction of cheeks, breasts and femoroplasty (hip correction). Nothing is known about the reliability of such information, but some bloggers believe that plastic surgery was performed by Prof. Werner Mang, whose clinic of aesthetic and plastic surgery is considered the largest in Europe and is located on the shore of Lake Constance. The specialist never gives out his patients and all personal data is kept strictly confidential.

The famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was hospitalized at the Munich Medical Center in 2009 with suspected internal hemorrhage, where he underwent emergency surgery. After surgery and rehabilitation, the artist quickly regained his strength.

The Asklepios Hospital Group in Hamburg regularly admits well-known politicians for a treatment, including Helmut Schmidt – German politician.

Dr. Albert Eimiller performed the examination and treatment of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton in the best German Gastroenterology Hospital.

Football players regularly get all kinds of injuries – sprains or damage to muscle fibers – this is not the whole list of injuries of Cristiano Ronaldo. The famous footballer is being monitored and treated by one of the world's leading sports doctors – Hans-Wilhelm "Mull" Müller-Wohlfahrt . The specialist knows all the peculiarities and nuances of the treatment of sports injuries, helps the members of FC "Bavaria" to treat injuries of varying degrees of complexity with positive results.

Not only football players, but also other famous personalities turn to the Chief Orthopedist, for example, the leader of the E Street Band – Bruce Springsteen or tennis player Boris Becker. Track and field athlete Usain St. Leo Bolt considers Müller-Wohlfahrt to be the best specialist in the world.



Choosing treatment in Germany guarantees the desired result


Treatment in German medical centers is also preferred by many other well-known personalities who understand that the quality of German medicine is at a high level and guarantees a favorable treatment outcome even in the most complex cases. The impeccable reputation of German specialists, high-tech equipment at the hospitals and impressive financial state support of research centers, which cooperate closely with hospitals attract patients to Germany for a treatment from different parts of the world.

Having sufficient experience in treatment abroad, as well as free time to prepare documents and resolve organizational issues with the hospital, you can undergo treatment yourself. Patients who want to receive medical care without wasting time and money turn to medical tourism providers.

The international medical tourism provider Booking Health with the certificate ISO 9001:2015 in the relevant sphere offers comprehensive support in medical and related issues. Aim of our work is to help you in improving and maintaining your health by:

  • Choosing the right clinic based on the annual qualification profile
  • Establishing communication directly with your doctor
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  • Providing privacy and attentive attitude
  • Booking the appointment on the necessary date
  • Monitoring the whole medical program at all stages
  • Help in buying and forwarding of medicines and medical products
  • Communication with the clinic and physician after treatment completion
  • Control of invoices and return of unspent funds
  • Organization of additional examinations, follow-up tests, rehabilitation, etc.
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Fill the "Send request" form on the Booking Health website and expect a call from the patient case manager. A competent specialist will provide you with the information about the most suitable individual treatment options in the best foreign clinics.


Choose treatment abroad and you will for sure get the best results!


Authors: Dr. Nadezhda Ivanisova, Dr. Sergey Pashchenko



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