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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    Effects of Early Weight Bearing on Rehabilitation Outcomes in Patients With Traumatic Ankle and...

    Re-admissions for a limb related issue and all re-operations on the study limb will be prospectively tracked by the Research Coordinators by routinely scanning hospital admission and orthopaedic surgery logs to identify all admiss...


    Decorative Caduceus

    Early Advanced Weight Bearing for Peri-articular Knee and Pilon Injuries

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    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Best hospital in Northern California

    • usnews-orthopedics

      One of the nation’s best in orthopedics

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    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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