Our vascular surgery team specialise in a branch of surgery that deals with the diseases of the arteries, veins and lymphatics.
Our aim is to prevent limb loss from blocked or narrowed arteries, prevent further mini strokes or major strokes by offering carotid surgery and perform keyhole surgery on dilated aortas (aneurysms).
We are a recognised centre for keyhole surgery for aortic aneurysms (EVAR) as well as varicose veins.
What types of treatment are available in our service?
Our vascular patients are usually referred by their GP, and are seen at our clinics in Queen's Hospital.
Most of the operations we perform are described as keyhole surgery and the major procedures such as carotid endarterectomy (removing gristle form a furred artery) are performed with the patient awake.
We also perform endovascular repair of the aorta (EVAR) with the patient wide awake.
We also perform elective operations for a variety of vascular conditions, including:
- abdominal aortic aneurysms
- carotid artery disease presenting with transient ischaemic attack (TIA or mini stroke) amaurosis fugax or stroke
- occlusive arterial disease of the limbs presenting with intermittent claudication, ischemic rest pain or tissue necrosis
- angioplasty for peripheral arterial disease
- occlusive and aneurysmal disease of the visceral arteries (renal, mesenteric)
- femoral and popliteal aneurysms
- varicose veins we have introduced the VNUS method for varicose veins which is one the most advanced methods for treating varicose veins and approved by NICE
- diabetic foot with tissue necrosis or infection we have a weekly diabetic foot clinic on Wednesday pm at Queens hospital run by vascular surgeons, diabetologists and podiatrists
- leg ulcers - our nurses are trained in rapid safe ulcer assessment and the application of the four layer bandage which can heal an ulcer in six weeks.
We have a state of art, dedicated vascular radiology suite with a fully functional vascular intervention theatre, managed by intervention radiologists.The Hyperacute Stroke unit (HASU) at Queen's Hospital is one of the major regional units for the stroke patients. We manage carotid artery disease patients (neck vessels supplying the brain) in a multidisciplinary set up along with the stroke team. We perform a large number of carotid artery surgeries at Queen's Hospital.
We have a dedicated vascular laboratory for the vascular tests located within the vascular clinic area and managed by specialist technicians.
We have dedicated specialist nurse who interacts with patients on the wards and in clinics and help patients with their special needs in terms of vascular problems.
Our lead consultants are:
Mr Gabriel Sayer
Mr Julian Coker
Miss Srilekha Attavar
Mr Sabu Jacob
Mr Timothy Cheatle
Mr. Timothy Parkinson
Our lead nurse is Lyndsey Harris
Our lead technologist is David Muwanga
Other relevant information
Our surgeons submit all patient cases to a national database (the nationals vascular database registry). This confirms we comply with all national and international guidelines.