Hand, Elbow & Upper Extremity Surgery Center
The UCSF Hand, Elbow and Upper Extremity Surgery Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions affecting the upper limbs (hands, wrists, elbows, arms and shoulders). Our team includes surgeons, other types of physicians and hand therapists.
We offer state-of-the-art treatments based on outcome studies of our patients' results, as well as on studies of current and new treatments performed in our research laboratory. Treatments include nonsurgical care, surgery and therapy.
Awards & recognition
Best hospital in Northern California
One of the nation’s best in orthopedics
Case Management and Social Work
Connect with a team that can help you find resources, solve problems and advocate for you during treatment at UCSF.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
This eight-week UCSF class teaches mindfulness practices, such as meditation and body awareness, that can reduce stress and improve your overall health.
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Spiritual Care Services
Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.
Plan your visit
What to Bring
- Photo I.D.
- Health insurance card
- Insurance authorization, if required
- Doctor's referral, if required
- Recent test results related to your condition
- List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
- List of questions you may have
- Device or paper for taking notes
If you live in another country and are coming to UCSF for medical
treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.
UCSF offers language services at no charge for patients with limited
English, as well as for patients who are deaf or have trouble hearing.
Checking into the hospital? Find helpful information by clicking on the relevant “Your Hospital Stay” booklet: Mission Bay, Parnassus or Mount
Your Doctor Visit
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Our research initiatives
UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Research
The UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has several research programs dedicated to investigating different areas of musculoskeletal health care, such as hip, knee and spine surgery.