Professor Vivien Lees
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
MB BChir MD FRCS (Plast)
I am Consultant Plastic Surgeon with special interests in hand surgery which is reflected also in my NHS practice and in cosmetic surgery which I practise solely in the independent sector. I undertake a full range of cosmetic surgical procedures. I'm also known for my expertise in hand, wrist and upper limb surgery. I am happy to offer a fully female team to patients who require this on account of personal, cultural and religious preferences.
After completing my medical graduation at Oxford and Cambridge, I obtained a research Doctorate (MD) from Cambridge. I completed my training in prestigious Plastic Surgery units in the UK and USA before taking up the post of Consultant Plastic Surgeon in 1997 and therefore have extensive experience in my specialty areas. I am able to offer diagnosis, opinion and treatment for both routine and complex cases.
I'm the Chair of the Professional Standards Committee of British Society for Surgery of the Hand. I've also been part of the Certification and Credentialling in cosmetic surgery work group, that has produced the guidelines around recognition of practitioners of safe cosmetic surgical practice (post-Keogh report).
I'm the Clinical Academic Chair in Plastic Surgery at the University of Manchester.
As a Royal College of Surgeons of England Council Member, I have a range of roles including a commitment to the development of surgery internationally, award of research fellowships and supporting development of women leaders in surgery.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Vivien Lees at Spire include:
Spire Manchester Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.
MA MB BChir (Cantab) / Oxford/Cambridge / 1985
Bacherlor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery
Basic medical qualification
Board member Intercollegiate Specialty Examination in Plastic Surgery (current)
Council Member British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) (current)
Examiner Intercollegiate Specialty Examination in Plastic Surgery
Council Member British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgerons (BAAPS) (recent)
Chairman of Education and Training Committee (developed Postgraduate Diploma in Hand Surgery - The 'Hand Diploma') (recent)
British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH)
British Association Aesthetic Surgeons (BAAPS)
Member of Manchester Hand Institute and Plastic Surgery Foundation
Previous Chair of Specialist Advisory Committee for Plastic Surgery
Immediate Past President of British Society for Surgery of the Hand
Current Council Member of Royal College of Surgeons of England
Johal KS, Lees V, Reid AJ. Selected adipose-stem cell supplementation for promoting autologous fat graft survival in plastic surgery Int J Surg 2015; 18 : 241.
Malone PSC, Cooley J, Terenghi G, Lees VC. The effect of elbow extension on the biomechanics of the osseoligamentous strucutres of the forearm. J Hand Surg American 2015 ; 40(9) : 1776-84.
KS Johal, VC Lees & AJ Reid. Adipose-derived stem cells; selecting for translational success. Regenerative Medicine 2015; 10(1): 79-96.
Lees VC, Warwick D, Gillespie P, Brown A, Akhavani M, Dewer D, Boyce D, Papastasiou S, Ragoowansi R,Wong J. A multicentre, randomized, double-blind trial of the safety and efficacy of mannose-6-phosphate in patients having acute Zone II flexor tendon repair. J Hand Surg European 2015; 40(7) : 682-94.
Malone PSC, Cooley J, Morris J, Terenghi G, Lees VC. The biomechanical and functional relationships of the proximal radioulnar joint, distal radioulnar joint and interosseous ligament. J Hand Surg European 2015; 40(5): 485-93.
Peck F, Roe AE, Ng CY, Duff C, McGrouther DA, Lees VC. The Manchester short splint: A change to splinting practice in the rehabilitation of zone II flexor tendon repairs. Hand Therapy 2014; 19(2) : 47-53.
Malone PSC, Hutchinson CE, Kalson NS, Terenghi G, Twining CJ, & Lees VC. Subluxation-related ulnar neuropathy (SUN) syndrome related to distal radioulnar joint instability. J Hand Surg European 2012; 37: 652-664.
Kalson N, Malone P, Lees VC. Fibre bundles in the human extensor carpi ulnaris tendon are arranged in a spiral. J Hand Surg European 2012 : 37E(6): 550-554.
Lees VC, Henley M, Sandhu D. Interface specialty training in the UK. Ann R Coll Surg Engl (Suppl) 2010; 92:126-128.
Russell CJH, Bush JA, Russell GWP, Thorlby A, McGrouther DA & Lees VC. Dynamic skin tension in the forearm: Effects of pronation and supination. Journal of Hand Surgery 2009; 34A: 423-431.
Shaaban H, Pereira C, Williams R & Lees VC. The effect of elbow position on the range of supination and pronation of the forearm. European Journal of Hand Surgery 2008; 33E: 1:3-8. [Number 1 journal download in 2008]
Wilson S, Pollard R, Lees VC. Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Renal Dialysis patients using an Extended Carpal Tunnel Release Procedure. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 2008:. 61(9):1090-4.
Shaaban H, Giakis G, Bolton M, Williams R, Wicks P, Scheker LR & Lees VC. Pattern of contact area inside the DRUJ and the effect of injury of the distal radioulnar ligaments. Clinical Biomechanics 2007; 22; 313-318.
Schenker M, Lees VC, Mc George DD, Orton CI & Hancock K. Aesthetic surgical training in the UK independent sector - the clients' view: results of a survey on 155 private patients. Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 2006; 59 :1188-1192.
Shaaban H, Giakis G, Bolton M, Williams R, Wicks P, Scheker LR & Lees VC. The load-bearing characteristics of the forearm: Pattern of axial and bending force transmitted through ulna and radius. Journal of Hand Surgery 2006; 31B: 274-279.
H. Shaaban, G. Giakis, M. Bolton, R.Williams, L.R. Scheker & V.C. Lees. The distal radioulnar joint as a load-bearing mechanism – a biomechanical study. Journal of Hand Surgery 2004 : 29A: 1: 85-90.