Mr Shane Macsweeney

Consultant Vascular Surgeon

MA, MB, BChir, MChir, MMed Sci (Clin Ed), FRCS (Eng)

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I am an experienced specialist full time Vascular Surgeon offering the latest treatments for varicose veins, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and stroke prevention. I qualified in 1984 from Cambridge University and trained as a vascular surgeon in London and Australia. I have been a Consultant Vascular Surgeon based at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham since 1995, treating a wide variety of vascular problems including; varicose veins and other venous problems, abdominal aortic aneurysms, diseased blood vessels taking blood to the brain (carotid surgery) for the prevention of stroke, leg ulcers, poor blood supply to the legs, excessive sweating and/or facial flushing.

I have an interest in training and education and teach on training courses for vascular surgeons around the country and in Europe. I was recently a Vascular Tutor for the Royal College of Surgeons and the Vascular Society and have a Master’s degree in clinical education. I am active in research, particularly in investigating how to prevent strokes more effectively, and keyhole surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysm.

I trained with Michael Lawrence Brown, one of the pioneers of endovascular aneurysm surgery in Australia and performed the first operations in the UK with his method in 1996. The Zenith endovascular stent graft is now one of the most widely used methods for keyhole repair of aneurysms in the world.

I also performed the first minimally invasive catheter varicose vein operation in Nottingham (VNUS radiofrequency ablation), and introduced carotid surgery under local anaesthetic to Nottingham. I have taught and trained surgeons on the technique of endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy to treat excessive sweating of the hands and facial flushing.

I have recently been appointed an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor by the University of Nottingham in recognition of my research contribution.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Shane Macsweeney at Spire include:

Vascular surgery

Other treatments

  • Minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins
  • Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Carotid surgery for prevention of stroke

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Additional information

Vascular surgery

Special clinical interests: Minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins. Keyhole repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Carotid surgery under local anaesthetic. Research into stroke prevention and the causes and keyhole repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms.

BChir / University of Cambridge / 1984
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

MA / University of Cambridge / 1985
Master of Arts

MB / University of Cambridge / 1985
Doctor of Medicine

FRCS (Eng) / UK / 1988
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Eng)

MChir / University of Cambridge / 1991
Master of Surgery

MMedSci / UK / 2007
Master of Medical Science

Professional memberships

The Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland

European Society for Vascular Surgery

Royal College of Surgeons of England

Nottingham University Hospitals