Mr Michael Moss

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

01243 753032

info@michaelmoss.info

Why Shape Matters

Replacing a worn out joint isn’t just about relieving pain as it was some years ago. Nowadays patients expect a more functional joint which enables them to continue with their increasingly active lifestyles. In the UK, more than 30,000 people undergo knee replacements each year, and nearly two thirds are women. Historically, knee joints were made the same shape but in different sizes. Now it is recognised that people’s joints are a different shape as well as a different size.

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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.