Mr Michael Moss

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

01243 753032

We live in an age where we all want to be more active and many of us wish to pursue our sporting interests through middle life into older age. This means we demand more from our joints for longer, even if they are worn out. With the development of more sophisticated ways of analysing knee joint deterioration, I can identify patients who are experiencing early wear in specific parts of their knee joint. In the past these patients might have been advised to give up – but not any longer. Nowadays advancing design has made it possible to resurface these isolated parts. The aim is to keep the patient mobile and active, whilst resurfacing only the damaged area of the joint in a much smaller and reduced operation. Smaller procedures lead to a more rapid rehabilitation and greater activity at an earlier stage following the operation.

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.