About Us

Oxford Lymphoedema Practice

At Oxford Lymphoedema Practice we aim to provide first class care for patients with all forms of lymphoedema. We specialise in supermicrosurgery for lymphoedema, providing a minimally invasive treatment that is suitable for many patients with lymphoedema. Our surgeons have pioneered supermicrosurgery for lymphoedema in the UK, performing these operations since 2012. Our state of the art techniques allow our experienced specialists to plan a personalised treatment regime to help with your lymphoedema. The patient is treated with the highest possible standards and offered support throughout their care in a professional and friendly manner.

Prof. Dominic Furniss

DM MA MBBCh FRCS(Plast)

I am Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Oxford. I studied medicine as an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge, where I was a Junior and Senior Scholar, and graduated with a first class degree. I then moved to Christ Church, Oxford to study clinical medicine at the Oxford University Clinical School. Following graduation, I undertook basic surgical training in London, before returning to the Oxford Plastic Surgery Department in 2003. My clinical interests are in the fields of hand surgery, and supermicrosurgery for the treatment of lymphoedema. I have undertaken Fellowship training in Supermicrosurgery for Lymphoedema at the University of Tokyo, Japan, under the guidance of Professor Isao Koshima and Dr Makoto Mihara – pioneers of supermicrosurgery for lymphoedema. Here, I was trained by these experts in the assessment, investigation, and surgical management of lymphoedema. I am a full member of the British Lymphology Society.

I am also a very active Surgeon Scientist at Oxford University. I have secured a prestigious Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowship — the first awarded to a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon — to analyse the genetics of Dupuytren’s Disease, a very common, disabling condition where the fingers of the hand contract into the palm. I established and lead the British Society for Surgery of the Hand Genetics of Dupuytren’s Disease consortium (BSSH-GODD consortium). This is a nationwide group of hand surgeons who have together collected information and samples from several thousand UK Dupuytren’s Disease patients. I am also a member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand Research and Audit Committee. I have written many papers for academic journals, presented work and lectured at both international and national conferences, and have written several book chapters.

Mr. Alex Ramsden

MB ChB, MD, FRCS (Plast)

I am a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon. I work in the Oxford Lymphoedema Practice and the NHS. I am driven to achieve long term functional improvements for patients with lymphoedema. I feel that lymphoedema patients have been neglected by doctors and especially surgeons for many years. Listening to patients stories has made me realise that lymphoedema affects people in many different ways but can be extremely debilitating and distressing. In 2014, I spent time operating and training in Tokyo with Professor Isao Koshima at the University of Tokyo. This was a great opportunity to update on the latest developments in supermicrosurgery and visit the team who pioneered this innovative treatment.

I am a now a full time Consultant Plastic Surgeon to the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre which is part of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. I specialise in microsurgical reconstruction for lymphoedema, osteomyelitis and trauma. I am a fully trained microsurgeon and who constantly reviews and improves my skills. In the last 3 years I have joined over 200 microvascular vessels with a long term success of 97%. I teach Plastic Surgical Trainees on reconstructive microsurgery as part of my NHS practice. I have presented my work at both national and international conferences.

After graduating from medical training at the University of Glasgow, I completed general surgical training in Newcastle upon Tyne. An MD degree was awarded by the University of London for research on the role of gene therapy in melanoma during a period of specialist training in the North East of England. In 2009, I undertook advanced microsurgical and aesthetic fellowships in Melbourne, Australia supported by the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. *Summary of Training* • 2014: BAPRAS Travelling Fellow - University of Tokyo, Japan • 2012-2013: NHS Leadership Fellow - NHS Leadership Academy • 2010: NHS Consultant Appointment - Oxford University NHS Trust • 2009-2010: Microsurgical Fellowship - Royal Melbourne Hospital, Aus • 2003-2008: Higher Surgical Training - Northern Plastic Surgical Rotation• 2002-2003: Medical Officer - British Antarctic Survey Antarctica • 2000-2002: Research - MD in Gene Therapy for Melanoma • 1997-2000: Basic Surgical Training - Northern Deanery • 1991-1996: Medical School - Glasgow University

Mr. Sinclair Gore

MB BChir, MA(Cantab), MD, FRCS (Plast)

I am a consultant plastic surgeon based in Oxford and Reading. Within my NHS reconstructive practice I have a specialist interest in complex microsurgical reconstruction of the head and neck. I am a core member of the Oxford Head and Neck cancer unit, a full member of the British Lymphology Society (BLS), the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists (BAHNO). As well as treating disease, all my surgery aims to improve patients’ lives through enhancement of function and appearance and as such I am an enthusiastic recorder of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs). My microsurgery passion led me to join the Oxford Lymphoedema Practice (OLP) and I, too, have visited world leaders in this field (Professor Mihara and Professor Satoh) in Tokyo, Japan. 

Following my university training at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, my early plastic surgery training took place in Sydney and London; thereafter I undertook a 2-year basic science skin oncology research programme at the Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust (RAFT) and was awarded my MD degree from the University of London in 2009. Following this my national training rotation was based in East Anglia including Cambridge University Hospitals  and St. Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery in Essex. Prior to taking up my consultant post in Oxford I undertook four specialist fellowships in the UK, Australia and USA including advanced microsurgery fellowships (Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute and St. Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery, Essex), aesthetic surgery fellowships (London and Cambridge) and visits to world leaders in advanced facial reconstruction (Arizona, Normandy). I have active research interests both within the Oxford Head and Neck cancer unit and Oxford Lymphoedema Practice.