Mr Michael Moss

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

01243 753032

info@michaelmoss.info

If a knee joint starts to wear out, in 80% of cases the process usually starts on the inner (medial) side of the joint before the rest of the knee becomes involved. The articular cartilage, or lining tissue of the inner part of the knee, becomes worn down and the bone of the femur and tibia begin to grind together to causing pain and discomfort.

If the problem is identified at an early stage it is possible to resurface just the inner aspect of the femur and tibia with a very thin lining of special medical grade stainless steel. To prevent the two metal surfaces grinding together a small plastic bearing is inserted on to the top of the tibial plate to allow easy articulation.

The great advantage of this procedure is that none of the ligaments either around the knee or inside the knee are disturbed because we are simply recoating or relining the worn areas of the joint. This bearing replicates the role of the cartilage in the natural knee.

The prosthesis used is the Zimmer Unicompartmental High Flex Knee. This implant recently has been modified specifically for the more active patient from an established implant with a long successful track record of reliability. It also has a number of features which allow it to be revised or added to as various other parts of the joint may wear out in the future in an active patient.

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.