Mr Michael Moss

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

01243 753032

I perform total hip replacements on patients who are suffering with an arthritic or damaged joint. The joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint which I specifically choose with the patient in mind. Working together with the patient, we not only focus on pain relief but also on function, fit, longevity and the lifestyle aspirations of the person I’m treating.

The most obvious outcome for a total hip replacement patient is dramatic pain relief. Within a few weeks of surgery most patients are usually independently mobile and the vast majority are able to return to their normal activities within a few months.

I also perform total hip replacements on younger patients who have problems such as hip dysplasia or sports injuries.

During a hip replacement procedure, the arthritic head of the femur (the ball) and the lining of the acetabulum (the socket) are removed and surgically replaced by a femoral stem component (inserted into the thighbone) and a hemispherical socket is inserted into the pelvis.

A large variety of prostheses are available from different manufacturers and I will choose the one that best fits your anatomy, your bones and your level of activity.

The ball and socket of the new joint can be made from a variety of materials. All prostheses I use incorporate the latest technology. These offer much harder surfaces and reduce the possibility of wear; a major reason for revision surgery.

I occasionally use custom-made computer-designed prostheses when a patient's anatomy fails to fit any ready-made hips.

I use implants from the largest well established manufacturing companies such as Zimmer products – link to Zimmer site and I have carried out many thousands of successful hip replacements over the last 20 years.


  • Happy after hip surgery 2014-06-13 13:12:56

    Mrs Huse from Aldwick, near Chichester, underwent a hip replacement at the Nuffield Health Chichester Hospital in October 2013.    She commented:   “I had been in pain with arthritis for a few years but it was getting worse day by day and I simply wanted to get it done so I could enjoy the rest of my life with my husband rather than enduring pain and discomfort. It was getting remarkably more difficult to walk and for us, it was simply a question of paying for the procedure and getting seen as soon as possible. One of my sons lives in Australia and we had booked to see him at Christmas. Given the pain I was in, a long-haul flight was going to be out of the question so instead we put the money towards my new hip and went earlier this year instead.    “The difficult bit was choosing the hospital and surgeon but we rang Nuffield Chichester and arranged a meeting with someone who took us through all our options and answered all our questions. From there we met my consultant Mr Moss and a date was set. The care was wonderful and the nurses were extremely attentive, they always had time to help and clearly enjoyed their place of work. In fact, I had numerous visitors whilst I was in the hospital and amongst them, two of my friends have chosen to have their procedures done there. I’m now up and about and am very much looking forward to doing a lot more in 2014.”    

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect when I come to hospital?

Following your appointment with Mr Moss, his practice manager Niki Bassett will get in touch to offer you a convenient date and time for admission. Following this discussion you will have an hour-long appointment with our pre-assessment nursing/physiotherapy team. This will be to discuss medical history, medication, recovery after surgery, equipment you may need, home circumstances and any worries you may have regarding your treatment. The nurse will liaise with Mr Moss’s anaesthetist regarding your test results. If the anaesthetist is concerned about your medical history he may ask you to attend another appointment to see him in clinic.

On the day of admission you will be taken to your room by one of our receptionist team. The nurse in charge of your care will confirm your medical history and check your medication has not changed since your pre-assessment appointment. You will then be prepared for theatre. Mr Moss and his anaesthetist will see you prior to theatre to explain fully what they will be doing and consent with be obtained.

Following surgery you will continue to be looked after in your own room by the nursing and physiotherapy staff.

Mr Moss or his anaesthetist will review you on a daily ward round. You will be visited daily by our resident medical doctor who is on-call to answer any questions. You will also be visited by our pharmacist to ensure the pain medication is suitable for you.