Vascular Surgey

Vascular surgery is a surgical subspecialty in which diseases of the vascular system, or arteries, veins and lymphatic circulation, are managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures, and surgical reconstruction.

Varicose veins and spider veins are a very common condition treated by our Surgeons. For many years the treatment of varicose veins and spider veins involved surgical stripping.  New minimally invasive techniques like EVLT or Endo Venous Laser Therapy and Foam Sclerotherapy have evolved to provide a better patient experience and  quicker recovery following treatment of  varicose veins.

Our Vascular Surgery Department delivers cutting edge advanced management options to patients for the treatment of varicose veins. Our objective is to provide a safe, effective and minimally invasive procedure with an emphasis on cosmetic outcome for our patients. 


Minimally invasive procedures provided at Bon Secours Hospital Tralee avoid painful groin incision and stripping of the truncal veins. These techniques can be applied to all age groups and to patients with medical co-morbidities (i.e. when other medical conditions are co-occurring). In younger patients, this offers quicker recovery and in older patients, a chance to remove painful venous problem causing phlebitis and ulcers without major surgery.

The interventions offered by our vascular team are patient and disease specific to best fit our patient’s need, lifestyle and associated conditions. 

The majority of treatments are provided on a walk in-walk out day case basis. 

Aesthetic Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a safe and well-recognised treatment for thread veins on the legs.

Endo Venous Laser Therapy

Endovenous laser treatment (ELT) is a minimally invasive ultrasound-guided technique used for treating varicose veins using laser energy commonly performed by a phlebologist, interventional radiologist or vascular surgeon.

Micro-incision Phlebectomy in treatment of varicose veins

Micro-incision Phlebectomy in treatment of varicose veins is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove varicose veins on the surface of the leg.

Sapheon Closure Procedures

The VenaSeal Sapheon Closure System is a unique, minimally invasive treatment that uses a safe-for-the-body medical adhesive to quickly and effectively treat varicose veins

Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy

A non-surgical, minimally-invasive technique, ultrasound guided sclerotherapy with foam is designed to close varicose veins causing the problem vein to shrink or possibly disappear.

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Gregory Fulton
Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Vascular Surgey Vascular Surgery
Bon Secours Hospital Tralee
Phone: 021 4941341 Fax: 021 4941344

Mr. Gregory Fulton

Consultant Vascular Surgeon


Originally from Belfast, Mr Fulton graduated in medicine from Trinity College Dublin with an Honours in Surgery in 1990. Mr Fulton carried out his postgraduate training in Ireland and became a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in 1994.  Mr Fulton completed a two year Research Fellowship at Duke University in North Carolina, USA and was awarded an MD thesis by Trinity College Dublin in 1997.  In 2000, Mr Fulton was awarded an Intercollegiate Fellowship and went on to complete an International Fellowship in Endovascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, USA in 2002. 

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Max B. Mahendran
Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Operating Theatre, Vascular Surgey Vascular Surgery
Bon Secours Hospital Tralee
Phone: 066 712 7601 Fax: 066 716 7116

Mr. Max B. Mahendran

Consultant Vascular Surgeon


Mr Mahendran graduated in medicine in the Chennai University of India. He went on to complete his surgical training in the United Kingdom in 1991 and graduated with his surgical fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Mr Mahendran moved to Ireland in 1995 to continue his higher surgical training. He has had extensive surgical training in specialised units, in Colorectal Surgery, Hepatobiliary, Liver Transplant and Thoracic surgery. Since 2002, Mr Mahendran has trained in numerous hospitals around Ireland, where he specialised in Vascular and Endovascular surgery involving arterial and venous diseases. He developed a special interest in the treatment of Varicose vein diseases and venous Ulcers and attained specialist Phlebology training at multiple varicose veins treatment & training centres around the world, USA, UK, Italy, Germany, Latvia, Slovenia and Poland. He has memberships with various organisations and continues to incorporate up to date techniques within his practice of minimally invasive venous treatments.

Mr Mahendran has taken many opportunities to teach throughout his career. He was appointed as the Senior lecturer in vascular surgery at the National University of Ireland in Galway where he taught medical students, nursing and biomedical engineering students. He was deeply involved as a mentor in the research programmes for medical and biomedical engineering students. He developed the Endovascular training and vascular nurse training programmes for the Western Vascular Institute. He served as a Director on the board of Western Vascular Institute.

Mr Mahendran was the first vascular surgeon to introduce minimally invasive venous treatment technologies in the Munster region. He set up the Phlebology practice dedicated to specifically treat varicose veins, at the Bon Secours Tralee in 2009. Here, he promotes Healthy Legs for Healthy Living by improving awareness regarding venous problems within the community. 

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