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

About Our Specialist

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).

He is married to Prof Karen Sliwa-Hӓhnle, a full time Professor in Cardiology and the incoming World Heart Federation president, and has 2 daughters.

For the last 6 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 and Dr Ian Weinberg, 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.

Contact Cape Town Practice

Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital
Waterville Crescent
Suite A1-3
Phone: (+ 27) 21 554 5803/4
Email: orthoneuro@gam.co.za
PO Box 52040, Saxonwold, 2132

Contact Johannesburg Practice

Medical Centre
Linksfield Park Clinic
Linksfield West
Suite 102
Phone: +27 11 485 3236
Fax: +27 11 485 2446
Email: orthoneuro@gam.co.za
P.O. Box 949, Johannesburg 2037, South Africa