Welcome to the web home of Dr Ulrich Hähnle, an orthopaedic surgeon specialising in spinal disorders, based in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Dr. Ulrich Hähnle (PhD, FCS Ortho, Wits; MD, Facharzt for Orthopädie, Berlin) is an orthopaedic surgeon, who is sub-specialized in spinal disorders. He was born in Germany and has lived in South Africa since 1992. He obtained his basic medical degree in Berlin and the larger part of his orthopaedic specialisation at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). His spinal expertise was developed during fellowships with Dr J. Craig, Dr L. Nainkin and Prof J. Harms (Langensteinbach/ Germany).

For the last 10 years he has been working in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

For more than 2 decades his main professional focus has been on spinal artificial disc replacement, children and adult spinal deformities (Scoliosis and Kyphosis). In conjunction with Dr Malan de Villiers, Dr. Ulrich Hähnle developed the Kineflex cervical (Neck) and lumbar (lower back) disc prosthesis. Both the cervical and lumbar Kineflex disc prosthesis have been extensively used in Sweden and results have been entered in the "Swedish Spine Registry". The cervical disc is made of Peek and Ceramic and is fully MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) compatible, meaning that the MRI imaging is basically not disturbed by the disc prosthesis. Over the last 20 years Dr Hähnle has travelled to national and international congresses to present results of spinal disc replacement and deformity surgery. He holds multiple national and international patents and has completed a PhD on the subject of disc replacement.

Dr Ulrich Hähnle used to work at Linksfield Hospital, Gauteng from January 2000 until August 2020 and has now located full-time to Blauuwberg Hospital. Appointments at Linksfield Hospital can be arranged for the sessional rooms on request.


Contact Cape Town Practice

Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital

Waterville Crescent
Suite A1-3
Phone: (+27) 21 554 5803/4
Email: uhahnle1@gmail.com