Mr Michael Moss

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

01243 753032


My medical career started at St George’s Hospital, where I completed a further degree in Physiology at London University before qualifying as a doctor. I continued training as a surgeon at St George’s, Charing Cross and Westminster Hospital in London where I studied various surgical specialties to compliment my orthopaedic career including plastic and reconstructive surgery.

On becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England I undertook specialist orthopaedic training at various centres of excellence including the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and St George’s Hospital, working under the guidance of the Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Queen.

I continued with specialist training as a Fellow at several internationally recognised centres of orthopaedic excellence in both the Unites States and Europe where I learnt from acclaimed world leaders in hip and knee surgery. These included The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York where I trained under the ‘father’ of modern knee surgery Dr John Insall, and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where I studied hip surgery with the ‘legendary’ Dr Bill Harris.



In 1994 I was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at St Richard's Hospital and the Royal West Sussex NHS Trust, Chichester, where I have developed a specialist practice in hip and knee surgery. I was the clinical director of the department for seven years working closely with colleagues and the orthopaedic industry to pioneer new developments, techniques and procedures. These include minimally invasive surgery, minimal access surgery, computer aided surgery, keyhole surgery for the knee, hip resurfacing, and new techniques for when there is a need to redo original hip and knee surgery. 


Research and Pioneering Development

I am actively involved in clinical research and developing new techniques and treatments for patients with arthritis. I am the specialist advisor surgeon to Zimmer, the largest orthopaedic manufacturing company in the world, who entrust me with developing their ground-breaking products in the United Kingdom. For example, I was the first surgeon in the UK to implant their ceramic replacement, female specific (Gender) knee replacement, High Flexion Total and Unicompartmental Knee Replacements, and Patellofemoral Replacement. I pioneered the combination of the latter to create the Bicompartmental Knee Replacement on both the medial (inside) and lateral (outside) parts of the knee to give a superior functional result in the more athletic and active patient. I was also the first to introduce what is now the most popular uncemented hip replacement in Europe to the UK.


Teaching and Lecturing

I regularly write scientific papers for orthopaedic journals and present them at international conferences. As a consequence I have become a regular lecturer on both the national and international lecture circuit. I run European workshops so other orthopaedic surgeons can learn new hip and knee techniques and in the UK I help surgeons to improve and excel at the delivery of hip and knee surgery. For some years I have been engaged in enhanced recovery programmes in orthopaedics leading to rapid post-operative mobilisation with better function, less post-operative pain and improved comfort.



I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, The Royal Society of Medicine, The British Orthopaedic Association, and The British Association for Surgery of the Knee.


At home


I am married with three children and live near Chichester. My main interest outside joints is sailing. I’ve sailed all my life and having won the RYA National Youth Championships at the age of 18, I went on to be awarded London University Colours for sailing before joining the Olympic squad. I have gone on to win several national and international sailing championships and I still compete at a national and international level.  I am a member of The Royal Yacht Squadron and has been the Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon to the British Olympic Sailing Team since 1999.

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.