Mr Michael Moss

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

01243 753032

Articular cartilage (the white lining tissue of the bone) forms a vital function within our knee joints, coating the bearing surfaces of the knee, allowing them to move effortlessly across each other.

However the smooth lining of the joint may be damaged by injury leading to painful symptoms as parts of the underlining bone are exposed, giving rise to grating and crunching along with pain and aching. This is the beginning of osteoarthritis. Once damaged, articular cartilage does not regenerate and there is the possibility that damage to the articular cartilage can progress leading to arthritis of the joint.

Arthroscopic surgery is aimed at containing and smoothing these areas, promoting the growth of repair tissue and helping to prevent further damage to existing articular tissue.

I have a particular interest in the prevention of joint damage and employ other specialist techniques such as coblation, microfracture and cartilage grafting to restore the function of the joint. I am also also involved in the newest techniques of regeneration using biological scaffolds.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do so many people need their joints replaced?

The most common reason is osteoarthritis which causes a patient to experience aching, stiffness, and eventual loss of mobility within the knee joint. Inflammation may or may not be present. The pain may be severe at times, followed by periods of relative relief. It often worsens after extensive use of the knee and is more likely to occur at night than in the morning. Stiffness tends to follow periods of inactivity, such as sleep or sitting and can be eased by stretching and exercise. Pain also seems to increase in humid weather. As the disease progresses, the pain may occur even when the joint is at rest and can keep the sufferer awake at night.