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Orthopedic Trauma Service

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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)

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    Awards & recognition

    • Among the top hospitals in the nation

    • One of the nation's best for orthopedic care

    • Rated high-performing hospital for hip fracture

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    What to Bring

    • Radiology studies (not the reports)
    • Surgery reports, if any
    • Any relevant studies
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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    Orthopedic and Spine Institute at San Jose

    225 Jackson Ave., Tower 1, Second Floor
    San Jose, CA 95116

    San Mateo Primary and Specialty Care

    1100 Park Place, Suite 100
    San Mateo, CA 94403

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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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