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 is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is a degenerative joint disease that causes deterioration of cartilage between bones. It can be caused by aging, genetics, obesity, and joint injuries from sports, work, or accidents.

In 2012, 92% of hip joints replaced in the UK were needed because of osteoarthritis.

In the same year, 98% of the knee joints replaced in the UK were because the patient was diagnosed with osteoarthritis.