Mr Michael Moss

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

01243 753032

info@michaelmoss.info

Arthroscopy is a safe method of examining and treating conditions affecting the joints. Most arthroscopic procedures are carried out upon the knee joint, which because of its complexity and design, is the most commonly injured large joint in the body.

The procedure is safe and reliable in expert hands and is commonly known as minimal access surgery or keyhole surgery.

The advantages for the patient include extremely small incisions and ease of mobilisation after the procedure. This means most arthroscopic procedures can be carried out as day case and patients are able to regain a fully functioning knee fairly rapidly.

A lot of knee procedures are made possible through arthroscopy surgery. I am able to inspect all the joint surfaces and the two menisci in the joint.

Using specifically designed arthroscopic instruments and micro tools I am able to carry out complex procedures down the arthroscope. The majority of operations I perform this way are on the meniscal cartilages within the joint. Additionally surgery to the anterior cruciate ligament, which is situated in the central part of the knee joint, and repair or smoothing down of articular cartilage (which lines the surfaces of the knee) is also possible as well as complimentary cartilage repair techniques.

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.