Mr Michael Moss

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

01243 753032

With this relatively new procedure, the ball of the hip is resurfaced rather than the entire head of the thighbone being replaced. Hip resurfacing is better suited to younger, very active patients and those with high demand on their hips. The aim is to save as much of the bone as possible so the patient can undergo a total hip replacement if it fails in the long term.

The new surface of the hip is made of a durable, slow wearing alloy which fits over the head of the femur.

The results of hip resurfacing can be excellent in the short and medium term with minimal risk of the dislocation often associated with younger, more active patients or those who undertake total hip replacements. However, because the procedure is relatively new the longer term effects are not known.

This procedure is generally considered unsuitable for women over the age of 60 due to the possibility of weaken or weak bones and the increased risk of fracture to the neck of the femur.


  • 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 tests will confirm the diagnosis of osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is often visible on X-rays. Cartilage loss is indicated if the normal space between the bones is narrowed, if there is an abnormal increase in bone density, or if bony projections or erosions are evident. A blood test is often taken to rule out rheumatoid arthritis.

Mr Moss will conduct an examination of your joint and will ask you to describe the pain. He will record your medical history, often asking you a series of questions about injuries, infections, ailments you have experienced, and any medications you are taking.

From this information and examination, Mr Moss will choose the most appropriate treatment option for you.