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About Cape Knee Clinic

Dr Hayden HobbsDr Hayden Hobbs is a specialist Orthopaedic knee surgeon, who is trained in all aspects of arthroscopic, reconstructive and degenerative knee surgery. I have a special interest in the sports aspect of knee surgery of all ages, being an active sportsman myself. Rehabilitation for the conservative treatment of knee problems forms an integral part of my treatment philosophy and I have a close working relationship with many local physiotherapy practices and other rehabilitation services.

I graduated from the University of Cape Town Medical School in 1999 and after completing my internship and community service, embarked on my Orthopaedic career. I initially worked in the United Kingdom for 2 years and then returned to South Africa for my specialist Orthopaedic training. I graduated with FC Orth (SA) from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa and a MMed Orth from the University of Cape Town in 2009. After this, I completed numerous fellowships in knee surgery.

Fellowships undertaken include with Dr Willem van der Merwe at the Sports Science Orthopaedic Clinic in Cape Town (with special attention paid to soft tissue knee reconstruction especially ACL surgery); Professor Johan Bellemans at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium (special attention paid to primary and revision knee arthroplasty); and Professor Philippe Neyret at the Albert Trillat Centre, Croix-Rousse Hospital in Lyon, France (special attention paid to osteotomies around the knee).

My private practice is located at Life Orthopaedic Hospital at Vincent Pallotti in association with the Sports Science Orthopaedic Clinic and Sports Science Institute of South Africa. I am also a Consultant Knee Surgeon in the Orthopaedic Department at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town, where I co-head the Knee Unit. In this capacity I am actively involved in research and teaching/training registrars and local/international fellows.

I am currently the Past President of the South African Knee Society, having served as the President from 2017 – 2019, and attend local and international congresses.

Having focussed most of my attention on ball sports, mostly rugby and cricket, at school and university, I am now a competitive runner having completed the Cape Odyssey, 2 Comrades, 8 Two Oceans, 10 PUFFERS and UTCT 100km, amongst numerous other road and trail runs. I am also an avid road cyclist and mountain biker, having completed many tours including Wines2Whales and Lesotho Sky to mention a few.

QUALIFICATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS

Qualifications
MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Cape Town)
Dip PEC (Diploma of Primary Emergency Care, College of Medicine South Africa)
FC Orth (SA) (Fellowship of the College of Orthopaedic Surgeons, CMSA)
MMed Orth (UCT) (Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Cape Town)

Fellowships
Sports Science Orthopaedic Clinic, Cape Town, South Africa (with Dr Willem van der Merwe)
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (with Professor Johan Bellemans)
Albert Trillat Centre, Croix-Rousse Hospital, Lyon, France (with Professor Philippe Neyret)

Associations
Consultant Knee Surgeon at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town
Specialist Knee Surgeon at Life Orthopaedic Hospital (Vincent Pallotti)
Executive Member of the South African Knee Society (2012 to present)
President South African Knee Society (2017 – 2019)
Past President South African Knee Society (2019 to present)
Member of the South African Knee Society
Member of South African Orthopaedic Association
Member of the International ociety of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Research
Actively involved in research with:
Orthopaedic Department, Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town
Sports Science Orthopaedic Clinic/Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Sports Science Institute of South Africa, University of Cape Town