Mr Michael Moss

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

01243 753032

The menisci (popularly known as cartilages) are the structures on which most of the work is carried out upon in arthroscopy. The menisci are crucial to knee function both in bending and flexing and in twisting or pivoting, acting as a washer or shock absorber within the joint to allow smooth movement of the femur upon the tibia.

The menisci can be injured by sudden trauma such as a sporting accident or a twisting injury or alternatively the menisci may tear as a result of minor repetitive injury especially in an older patient. Once a meniscus is torn, the damaged edge causes pain, particularly when you try to carry out a deep knee bend or twisting movement. As well as pain, some long term damage can occur as a result of the torn cartilage damaging the bearing surface of the joint.

Meniscal surgery to a damaged articular cartilage is carried out by removing the area which is torn, whilst leaving the vast majority of undamaged meniscus intact. This lessens the chance of developing premature osteoarthritic degeneration of the knee. Meniscal damage that involves a large surface area of the structure can easily be repaired.

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.