Mr Mark Welch

Vascular Surgeon


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My first consultant post was a Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon at Burnley General Hospital from 1998 - 2000. My second consultant post was a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at University Hospital South Manchester (UHSM) / Manchester Foundation Trust (MFT) from 2000 - 2022. I retired from NHS practice in June 2022. I still hold an honorary MFT contract in my role as Senior Appraiser.

I have always had a very busy clinical practice dealing with the whole aspect of arterial and venous disease. Now in the private sector, I still perform lower limb arterial surgery in good numbers, though the bulk of PP work is in relation to varicose vein surgery.

I have a very busy medicolegal practice.

I specialise in all aspects of venous disease:

  • Varicose veins
  • Post-thrombotic syndrome
  • Vein thrombosis
  • Leg swelling
  • Lymphoedema and leg ulceration

In respect of varicose veins, I perform:

  • Endovenous surgery (radiofrequency ablation; RFA) or open surgery as appropriate
  • Peripheral arterial disease assessment and management
  • Assessment and management of leg pains
  • Assessment and management of leg swelling / oedema

I have vast experience in assessment and management of varicose veins, having had a weekly NHS venous operating list until COVID, and also a busy private practice; I have performed several thousand such operations in my career, and now perform about 100 such operations per annum.

I have wide experience in the management of peripheral arterial disease, and have performed in excess of 1,000 operations in my career. In the private sector I perform between 10 and 20 operations per annum (excluding patients who require angioplasty or stenting alone). I also have vast experience in carotid artery surgery though no longer perform such operations; I am happy to assess patients with suspected carotid disease and advise appropriately.

I have extensive experience in aortic surgery, particularly for abdominal aortic aneurysms, having performed in excess of 500 such operations in my career. Since retiring from NHS practice I no longer perform these operations in the private sector, though am happy to assess and advise patients with this condition.

Previous NHS management positions:

  • Clinical Director Vascular Surgery, University Hospital South Manchester (UHSM) 2001 - 09, 2012-14, 2017-19
  • Director Infection Prevention & Control (DIPC), UHSM 2005-07
  • Associate Medical Director, UHSM 2009-12

Previous teaching / training positions:

  • Chair Basic Surgery Rotation UHSM 2004-07
  • Royal College of Surgeons Tutor UHSM 2006-09
  • Programme Director Core Surgery, NW Deanery 2007-12
  • Programme Director Gen & Vascular Surgery, NW Deanery 2012-17
  • President NW Regional Association of Surgeons 2017-19
  • Chairman Medical Staff Committee, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester 2015-22

I perform all these roles and maintain a full clinical timetable, I am committed to excellence in the assessment and management of vascular disease. I have also written a number of research papers in the field of vascular disease.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Mark Welch at Spire include:

Vascular surgery

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Vascular surgery

Varicose Veins, management of recurrent varicose veins, management of leg ulcers, peripheral vascular disease, assessment of leg circulation disorders, assessment of leg swelling, carotid surgery for stroke and TIAs, abdominal aortic aneurysms, endovascular surgery of aneurysms.

I have lots of outside interests, particularly reading (history/novels), listening to music (rock and classical), exercise (I still run three miles a day on road).

I have two children who are now adults and have left home.

Telephone 01625 505 412/505 406
Private secretary Suzanne Smith and Denise Nixon
Private secretary telephone 0161 495 7759
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