Ian McNab

Ian McNab

Consultant Orthopaedic & Hand Surgeon


Tel: 07941 768605Email: ian.mcnab@ntlworld.com

Ian McNab

Mr McNab trained at the London Hospital Medical College, University of London as an undergraduate and subsequently in orthopaedic surgery at St Bartholomew's Hospital. He completed his rotation in: Stanmore, Essex, Norwich, Great Ormond Street, and at the Royal London Hospital, obtaining the certificate of completion of specialist training in trauma and orthopaedic surgery in 1999. His specialist fellowship training was undertaken in hand and upper limb surgery in Oxford and then during a year spent in Melbourne, Australia.

Mr McNab was appointed as a specialist Consultant Hand Surgeon at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and John Radcliffe Hospital in 2000. Emergency and trauma hand surgery is undertaken at the John Radcliffe Hospital, planned and reconstructive hand surgery is undertaken at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

Teaching and academic appointments are: Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and as an honorary lecturer in clinical medicine at Wadham College, University of Oxford.


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.

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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.

Clinical interests

Conditions Treated


  • Arthritis of the hand and wrist (inc. small joint replacements in the hand)
  • Hand and wrist injuries (including late reconstruction)
  • Scaphoid fractures
  • Scaphoid fracture non-unions
  • Vascularised bone grafting techniques
  • Fractures of the wrist and distal radius that have healed with deformity / wrist fracture mal-unions
  • Distal radio-ulnar joint (DRUJ) problems including instability and arthritis
  • Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFC) problems, tears, injuries etc
  • Wrist ligament injuries and wrist Instability, scapholunate ligament injury etc.
  • Wrist arthroscopy
  • Kienbock’s disease
  • Hand fractures (metacarpal bones, phalanges, thumb)
  • Hand and wrist surgery
  • Wrist fractures (distal radius, ulnar, scaphoid, carpal bones, perilunate)
  • Wrist instability and ligament injuries
  • Nerve injuries
  • Treatment of scaphoid fractures and scaphoid fracture non-unions 
  • Advanced vascularised bone grafting techniques  

Research interests

  • Treatment of scaphoid fractures and scaphoid fracture non-unions 
  • Advanced vascularised bone grafting techniques  


Professional details


MB BS, FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics)

Qualified in 1989 in United Kingdom

Registrations and licensing

  • General Medical Council (GMC)

    Registration no.: 3342545
    Date of registration: 08-Aug-1990

Memberships and associations

Ian McNab is a member of the following professional associations and organisations...

Royal College of Surgeons of England British Orthopaedic Association British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) British Elbow & Shoulder Society (BESS) British Medical Association Royal Society of Medicine Medical Defence Union (MDU)

Languages spoken

  • English

Treatments, operations and tests

  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Dupuytren's contracture surgery
  • Ganglion cyst removal
  • Trigger finger release


Nuffield Manor Hospital  

Nuffield Health The Manor Hospital
Beech Road

  • Admitting rights
  • Consulting room
Main phone: 07941 768605
Main email: ian.mcnab@ntlworld.com

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