Orthopedic Trauma Service

The UCSF Orthopedic Trauma Service provides expert care for all aspects of traumatic musculoskeletal injuries, including inpatient and outpatient orthopedic surgery, rehabilitation, and orthotics and prosthetics. Our orthopedic surgeons are board certified with fellowship training and years of experience in treating these conditions. Patients seeking a higher level of trauma care come to UCSF from throughout the U.S. and abroad.

We also collaborate with colleagues in plastic and reconstructive surgery to treat various combined bone and soft tissue problems. This allows us to achieve better outcomes and fewer complications.

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Conditions Treated

Our highly trained surgeons treat simple and complex fractures, dislocations, and injuries of ligaments, muscles, tendons and cartilage. We specialize in:

  • Skeletal trauma and fractures
  • Pelvic and acetabular (hip-bone socket) injuries
  • Fractures and other injuries of the arms and legs
  • Malunions and nonunions (fractured bones that don't heal or heal in an abnormal position)
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infections)
  • Reconstructive foot and ankle injuries and foot or ankle trauma
  • Periprosthetic fractures (occurring around an artificial joint)

Doctor referral required

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    A Multicenter Randomized Trial Comparing IM Nails and Plate Fixation in Proximal Tibial Fractur...

    This study looks at two types of surgical treatments and hopes to answer the question: which is the best way to surgically treat a proximal tibia fracture? Both procedures being studied are standard of care (used rou...

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    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Best hospital in Northern California

    • usnews-orthopedics

      Best in Northern California for orthopedics

    • n7-2x

      Ranked No. 4 in the nation for orthopedics

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    What to Bring

    • Radiology studies (not the reports)
    • Surgery reports, if any
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    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
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      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.

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