Summer 2005

Chair's Message

Dr. Serena Hu, interim chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, looks back on UCSF's growth over the last year and looks forward to clinical and scientific developments to come.

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Inflammation Suspect in Disc Pain

Researchers at UCSF and UC Berkeley believe the mechanics of the spine start to fail due to biochemical changes in the vertebral discs.

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Hip Replacement Alternative for Dysplasia

Periacetabular osteotomy, a joint-conserving procedure, offers an alternative to hip replacement surgery for those suffering from developmental dysplasia of the hip.

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Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery Comes of Age

Minimally invasive knee replacement surgery is a relatively recent approach that may decrease recovery time and discomfort, while improving range of motion in the knee.

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Elbows — Orthopaedics' 'Last Frontier'

While contracture release in the past was not considered a viable option for stiff elbows, the operation can be successful if each stage of the procedure is performed correctly.

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Rx for SuperX Racers

For the second year in a row, UCSF orthopaedic surgeons are at SBC Park on duty at a supercross motorcycle meet to treat compartment syndrome, distal radius fractures, scaphoid fractures, dislocated or broken shoulders, ligament tears and other injuries.

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Charite Artifical Disc Training at UCSF

UCSF Medical Center is the Northern California training center for implanting the Charite artificial disc, the only artificial disc device approved to date by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Articulated Robot Flexes Muscle

A robot designed to work on an auto assembly line helps UCSF orthopaedic biomechanics researchers learn what happens to a human elbow when it bends at different angles.

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CME Courses

See information on upcoming continuing medical education courses.

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Physician Liaison Service

The UCSF Physician Liaison Service provides assistance and information to referring physicians, medical groups and health plans. Please call the Physician Liaison Service or visit

Phone: (800) 444-2559
Fax: (415) 353-4395

Transfer Center

The UCSF Transfer Center is open 24 hours daily to coordinate the transfer of your patients to UCSF Medical Center from hospitals throughout the region.

Phone: (415) 353-9166
Fax: (415) 353-9172