Practice: Cape Town

About Our Specialists

Dr. Ulrich Hähnle (PhD, FCS Ortho, Wits; MD, Facharzt for Orthopädie, Berlin) is an orthopaedic surgeon,who specialised in spinal surgery. He was born in Germany and has lived in Johannesburg 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 his main focus has been on children and adult spinal deformities (Scoliosis and Kyphosis) and on spinal artificial disc replacement. He developed, in conjunction with Dr Malan de Villiers and Dr Ian Weinberg, the Kineflex disc prosthesis. Around 60% of South African disc replacement operations are currently performed using the Kineflex prosthesis. The cervical and lumbar Kineflex disc have both completed the trial phase of the investigation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States and are currently awaiting approval. They have been extensively used in Sweden and results have been entered in the “Swedish Spine Registry”.

Over the last 8 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 Ian Weinberg (MD, FCS (neuro)) is a neurosurgeon. Ian Weinberg graduated from the College of Medicine of South Africa with a fellowship in neurosurgery in 1986. He has been in private practice as a consultant neurosurgeon for 21years.

Dr Weinberg divides his time between cranial work and the full spectrum of spinal intervention. For the past ten years he has contributed the neurosurgical component to a neuro/spinal partnership with Dr Uli Hahnle.

Originating from this partnership has been the development of the Kineflex lumbar and cervical disc prostheses.

Ian Weinberg has also developed a wellness and performance-enhancing programme based on PNI (psychoneuroimmunology). The CPD-accredited programme is presented at workshops in clinical and corporate environments.

Learn more about Dr Weinberg’s workshops at


Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital
Waterville Crescent
Phone: 021 5545803/4
Suite C1-9