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Ian McNab: Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon, Oxford

Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon, Oxford: Ian McNab
Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon, Oxford: Ian McNab

An Oxford-based hand and wrist surgeon offering expert assessment and treatment for the full range of conditions affecting the hand and wrist, including injury, arthritis, tendon problems and nerve compression, with a specialist expertise in complex wrist problems.

Mr Ian McNab is Consultant Hand Surgeon at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.  He offers private treatment for hand and wrist problems at Nuffield Manor Hospital in Headington, Oxford.

An experienced hand and wrist specialist

Trained in London, Oxford and Melbourne, Australia, Mr McNab is a fellowship-trained specialist in hand and upper limb surgery.  Appointed as a consultant hand surgeon at Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust in 2000, he provides elective and reconstructive surgery at the internationally renowned Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and emergency and trauma surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

In private practice Mr McNab offers non-operative and surgical management of hand and wrist injuries, tendon problems, nerve compression syndromes, arthritis, congenital hand abnormalities, hand swellings and Dupuytren's contracture.  He has a special interest and expertise in complex wrist problems, including scaphoid fractures and scaphoid fracture non-union, and offers a number of advanced techniques such as vascularised bone grafting and microsurgical repair of nerves and vessels.

Hand and wrist conditions treated by Mr Ian McNab

Mr McNab offers expert assessment and treatment for the full range of conditions affecting the hand and wrist, including:

  • Hand fractures (metacarpal bones, phalanges, thumb)
  • Wrist fractures (distal radius, ulnar, scaphoid, carpal bones, perilunate)
  • Wrist instability and ligament injuries
  • Nerve injuries
  • Tendon injuries and problems, including trigger finger, De Quervain's syndrome and extensor tendon injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Dupuytren's contracture
  • Arthritis
  • Hand infections
  • Hand pain and swelling, including ganglion cyst and giant cell tumour

Expert correction of hand and wrist fracture mal-union and non-union in Oxford

Following a fracture, it is essential that the ends of the broken bone be properly aligned as the body starts the healing process.  Mal-union, where the fracture heals in a position that interferes with functional use or cosmetic appearance, is not uncommon following treatment for hand and wrist injuries and some fractures, such as those affecting the scaphoid, are often overlooked completely.  With its poor blood supply, the scaphoid bone is also prone to a failure to heal at all (non-union).

Highly experienced in late reconstruction, Mr McNab offers the full range of techniques to correct mal-union and non-union of hand and wrist fractures, including corrective osteotomy (re-breaking and trimming the bone), fixation and bone grafting.

Make an appointment with Mr Ian McNab

Enquiries about treatment and appointments can be made by contacting Marie Noall, Practice Manager on 07941 768605.

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Date of registration:

08 Aug 1990


Accreditation and admitting rights at private hospitals

Mr Ian McNab is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including Nuffield Health

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Nuffield Manor Hospital, Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP 

Tel: 07941 768605

Fax: 07092 160829


Areas of expertise

Treatments offered

  • Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of hand and wrist fractures
  • Flexor and extensor tendon repair, tendon transfer, tendon grafting and reconstruction
  • Trigger finger release, trigger finger injection, tendon release, De Quervains release, tenosynovectomy, tenolysis
  • Carpal tunnel release, carpal tunnel injection, re-do/revision carpal tunnel release
  • Cubital tunnel release/ulnar nerve decompression and transposition
  • Nerve release, repair and grafting, microsurgical repair of nerves and vessels
  • Aspiration of excision/removal/biopsy of hand swellings, ganglion, mucous cyst/mucoid cyst, giant cell tumor etc.
  • Dupuytren’s contracture: fasciotomy
  • Wrist ligament repair and reconstruction: scapholunate ligament, lunotriquetral ligament etc.
  • Scaphoid fracture fixation, fracture non-union reconstruction, and fixation
  • Bone grafting
  • Corrective osteotomy and bone grafting with fixation for mal-union of fractures of the hand and distal radius etc.
  • Scapho-trapezio-trapzoid joint (STT) arthrodesis or excision arthroplasty
  • Proximal row carpectomy
  • Total wrist fusion/arthrodesis
  • Wrist and thumb arthroscopy
  • Joint replacement of fusion
  • Thumb carpometacarpal (CMC) joint: trapezectomy, excision of trapezium, arthroplasty, arthrodesis etc.
  • Thumb metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint ligament repair, reconstruction, fusion/arthrodesis etc

Qualifications and memberships


  • Trained at the London Hospital Medical College, University of London as an undergraduate

  • Orthopaedic surgery at St Bartholomew's Hospital

  • Certificate of completion of specialist training in trauma and orthopaedic surgery

  • Specialist fellowship training in hand and upper limb surgery in Oxford 


Places of work

Nuffield Manor Hospital, Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP 

Tel: 07941 768605

Fax: 07092 160829