Qualifications: MD, MB ChB, FRCS
Mr Hickey is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Stratum Clinics. He also practises at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital Professional Societies
Medical Secretary: Maeve McDonald or Lisa Francombe
Mr Hickey studied Medicine at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 1984 with the Sampson Gamgee Memorial Prize in Surgery. He began performing vascular duplex ultrasound at the Selly Oak vascular laboratory (1988-90).
Surgical training continued in General and Vascular Surgery in Worcester and Stourbridge and was then appointed a Lecturer in the University of Birmingham, with specialist training in Vascular Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak Hospitals. He was awarded a travelling fellowship by the Royal College of Surgeons to obtain further specialist training in the USA at Harvard University.
Mr Hickey introduced the techniques of Micro-Phlebectomy and PIN-Stripping to Worcestershire. He performed and published studies that demonstrated that the use of tourniquets reduced bleeding and bruising associated with surgery and that the use of pre-operative local anaesthetic infiltration reduced operative bleeding and postoperative pain. Mr Hickey also introduced micro-sclerotherapy for thread veins and small varicose veins and continue to offer this technique in his outpatient clinic. In 2003, he began performing Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy, Radiofrequency Ablation in 2004 and a year later Endovenous Laser Ablation.
Mr Hickey has an interest in Endovenous Laser Ablation and regularly trains consultants from all over the country in this technique. 5 years ago, he introduced the Biolitec ‘Painless’ Laser, further refining the procedure, reducing post-operative discomfort and speeding up recovery. The vast majority of patients with varicose veins can now be assessed in a one-stop outpatient clinic and treated with minimally-invasive endovenous interventions under local anaesthetic in an ambulatory setting.
Mr Hickey has special interests in all venous problems and Colour venous duplex ultrasound imaging, Endovenous Laser Ablation, Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (Venefit, previously VNUS Closure), Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy, Microinjection Sclerotherapy and Minimally invasive Varicose Vein Surgery.