“I personally have never experienced such kindness and my husband, who is usually very cynical about the medical profession, is very impressed with you and your staff.
Thank you.”


Orthopaedic Specialist


  • We only use surgeons whom are qualified, certified and registered medical doctors and specialists in South Africa.
  • All our surgeons are registered with their respective specialist associations and thus adhere to those professional codes of conduct as well as having no malpractice Law suits lodged against them.
  • We elect to work with a select few of the top surgeons whom have successful private practises with high standards of ethics.
  • These surgeons pride themselves on the quality of their work, and take time to ensure that you are comfortable with your choice and ensure that you have realistic expectations.
  • The Surgeons will not perform procedures if they feel your life or health would be compromised in any way.
  • We only use Surgeons who have the correct and necessary malpractice insurance coverage to operate on our overseas clients.

Practice No.: 2806916

Fondly known as “Dr Chuck”, Dr Cakic practices as a general orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in hips. He is one of few Orthopaedic Surgeons in South Africa skilled enough to do an anterior incision for total hip replacement surgery, a procedure that potentially reduces pain and length of stay in hospital.

Dr Cakic has completed his medical degree, specialisation and also a Masters degree in Orthopaedics. He is currently completing a PhD concentrating on the field of hip surgery.


Language skills

English (fluent)
Croatian (fluent)
German (fair)


1.) Hip joint cartilage reparation as indicator of Voss operation success
Rad Med Fak Zgb , Vol. 30 (1989) 4;169-176

2.) Lokalisierte Osteolyse nach Alloplastik des Huftgelenkes
Orthop Praxis , (1992) 11;802-805

3.) Bone Disease in African Children with Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis: Histomorphometry of
Iliac Crest Biopsies
Bone Vol. 22, No. 3, March 1998:259-265

4.) Clinical experience with gamma irradiation-crosslinked polyethylene – A 14 to 20 year follow-up report
J Bone Joint Surg (SA) 1999; Vol. XI, No 3, 140-147


“Dr. M. Jakupcevic” Foundation Award for the best student paper in 1988/89 year in the field of the Clinical medical science Faculty of Medicine University of Zagreb

“Mannie Lunz Prize” for Orthopaedic Registrars
awarded to the orthopaedic registrar who has presented at the a meeting or had published the best paper based on original research who has contributed academically to the department of Orthopaedic Surgery and who has excelled as a doctor The Faculty of Health Science University of the Witwatersrand , 18 February 1997.

“MATHYS South Africa (Pty) Limited – Orthopaedic Price”
awarded to the best orthopaedic registrar in the Johannesburg Group of Teaching Hospitals who is
deemed to have contributed most to the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, for academic
achievement and for clinical excellence, 24 February 1999.


AO-International Basic Course on the operative Treatment of Fractures and Non -Unions, Theoretical Basis and Practical Principles, at the Johannesburg Hospital, 8 May 1993.

ATLS – American College of Surgeons Advanced Trauma Life Support Course Trauma Society of South Africa, Wits University, Medical School, 25 - 27 August 1994.

Orthofix Instructional Course - External and Internal Fixation at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery University of the Witwatersrand, 7 - 8 June 1996.

Arthroplasty Learning Centre
– Impaction Bone Grafting The Board Room Unitas Hospital, 10 March 1997.

Global Shoulder Workshop
Instructed by Prof. Ch. A. Rockwood Jnr at 2nd South African Combined Hip, Knee and Shoulder Congress,
Sun City 11 - 15 March 1997.

AO International - Advanced Trauma Course
Johannesburg, 16 – 18 July 1997.

Smith & Nephew - Orthopaedic Trauma Retreat
Instructed by Dr. G. Wood of the Campbell Clinic , USA.,
Bakubung Lodge, Pilanesberg, 10 - 12 October 1997.

Smith & Nephew – Skeletal Trauma Symposium and Workshop
Kwa Maritane, Pilanesberg, 7 - 10 May 1998.

Course of Basic Techniques in Hip and Knee Replacement
Bloemfontein, 11 September 1998.

Orthofix external fixation workshop
Maritime Country Club, Johannesburg, 9 February 1999.

Smith & Nephew - The Knee Retreat
– Dr L. Whiteside, M.D. Pilanesberg, 12 – 14 August 1999.

Zimmer - Hip MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgery) Course
Paris, 1 – 2 March 2004.

Smith & Nephew – Hip Arthroscopy Course
– Dr M. Phillippon, Pitsburgh , May 2004
– Dr T. Byrd Neshville , May 2004

Zimmer – Knee MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgery) Course
Viena, 20 – 21 October 2005.

Smith & Nephew – Hip Arthroscopy Course – Dr J N Cakic , Dr T. Byrd
Johannesburg , Cape Town , 19 – 22 April 2006.

Post Graduate Study

MMed (Orthopaedic Surgery) Degree
Research thesis: Do African Children with Slipped Capital femoral epiphysis
Have metabolic bone disease?
Protocol accepted by Postgraduate Committee, 27 November 1997.
Graduation, 27 June 2000

Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) in Orthopaedic Surgery.
Research thesis: South African experience with cross-linked ultra high molecular weight polyethylene in total hip arthroplasty
Protocol accepted by Postgraduate Committee, October 2003.
No.: 95-00218/P , Ethical Clearance certificate: M03-04-05


Wits University and Sandton Medi - Clinic
Johannesburg Arthroplasty Unit
Dr F.A. Weber - Hip and Knee Arthoplasty Fellowship


SAOA – South African Orthopaedic Association
COTA - Croatian Orthopaedic and Traumatology Association
SASAKOS – South African Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
SAAS – South African Arthroplasty Society
AAOS – American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – affiliated international member
AOAA – AO Alumni Association


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