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

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.