Mr Michael Moss

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

01243 753032

info@michaelmoss.info

In 20% of cases where a knee is beginning to wear, the process starts on the outside part of the knee, causing the bones to grind. Symptoms are very similar to that described for the medial part of the joint but much less common.

Similarly if caught early enough and the rest of the knee remains intact, lateral (outer) joint resurfacing is a very similar procedure to medial resurfacing.

Resurfacing the lateral side of the knee is a technically demanding procedure and some implants are not suitable. However, I have a lot of experience of this procedure and demonstrate the procedure to other surgeons. Again I use the Zimmer Uni High Flex Knee prosthesis.

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.