Mr James Hahnel


MB BS, MRCS, FRCS (Tr& Orth)

GMC number: 4709358

Practising since: 2000


Orthopaedic surgery

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Mr Hahnel is a NHS Consultant in Orthopaedics and Trauma at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Trust. His subspecialty interest is hip and knee primary and revision joint replacements along with knee arthroscopy extending from simple arthroscopic procedure to meniscal repairs. He undertook a one year Royal College of Surgeons of England approved fellowship in the above at Chapel Allerton Orthopaedic Centre. He keeps a keen general trauma interest for which he is an active Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) instructor and published regarding hip fractures.

Originally from Leeds, he graduated from Newcastle University and finished his training on the Yorkshire Deanery higher surgical training rotation.

He prides himself on treating all patients as individuals and offers treatments according to their specific needs. Regarding joint replacement, he pays particular attention to the accuracy of implantation and soft tissue structures which includes the use of pre-operative templating and intra-operative techniques to improve accuracy. This has resulted in low complication rates, low revision rates and high satisfaction.

He is experienced with both uncemented and cemented total hip replacements with a variety of articulating bearing surfaces and total knee replacement including the use of partial knee replacements where appropriate.

Mr Hahnel also specialises in the following treatments, tests and scans at Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital:

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Mr Hahnel talking about robot-assisted joint replacement surgery

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Treatments and tests offered by Mr James Hahnel at Nuffield Health

  • Knee replacement
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Hip revision
  • Hip replacement

Locations Mr James Hahnel works with

Related experience


Mr Hahnel has published research with papers in medical journals, presentations, posters and a book chapter. This has focused on practice relating to hip fracture patients, rates and reasons for readmissions. Compliance with recent NICE guidelines regarding hip fracture patients. Research has also included wear rate analysis for total hip replacements.

He is the clinical lead for the National Joint Register and departmental audit within his NHS practice at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He chairs the Major Trauma Group at Bradford Royal Infirmary

Mr Hahnel believes in personal reflective feedback keeping a logbook of all operations performed including complications which are notably low (see 'clinical outcomes' under ‘About Mr J Hahnel’ on


  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Hip Society
  • British Medical Association

Other posts held

  • Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Insurers Mr James Hahnel works with

Mr James Hahnel works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • AXA - Global Healthcare
  • Benenden Health
  • Bupa
  • Bupa On Demand
  • Cigna
  • CS Healthcare
  • Exeter Family Friendly
  • Health-on-Line
  • SecureHealth
  • Simplyhealth
  • Universal Provident
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • WPA


Mr James Hahnel does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr James Hahnel does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr James Hahnel does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.