Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers services and programs through the following Divisions. Use these links to directly access all our Department sites.

Hand & Upper Extremity

Hand & Upper Extremity

The SFGH/OTI Hand and Upper Extremity Service at the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is dedicated to the comprehensive care of all hand and upper extremity conditions. Our team of surgeons, certified athletic trainers, prosthetists, physical and occupational therapists are trained in the care of every day, complex or congenital conditions.

State of the art diagnostic imaging equipment allows the radiologist and the hand surgeon to view images of your hand quickly and to begin treatment as soon as possible, including during your office visit.

Diagnostic tests include:

  • Angiography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • X-rays
  • EMG


The Hand and Upper Extremity team works to restore range of motion, decrease pain and increase strength. Treatments are individualized based on the severity of your condition and how it affects your daily activities. The comprehensive program of services ranges from initial consultation to physical therapy.

Treatments include:

  • Injections
  • Custom splinting
  • Hand function assessment
  • Patient education
  • Advanced techniques of fractures care for complex fractures and soft tissue
  • Emergency and urgent care for a wide array of complex fractures, and soft tissue injuries to the hand and upper extremity
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery


The hands may seem like a relatively small part of the body but a number of things can go wrong to cause pain, deformity or even disability. Conditions range from Dupuytren’s contracture, which causes the fingers to curl when tissue in the palm and fingers thicken and shorten, to fractures of the hand and wrist to osteoarthritis.

Our hand experts have specialized expertise in:

HAND: Trigger finger, Dupuytren’s Contracture, Ganglion cysts

WRIST: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubutal Tunnel Syndrome, Repetitive Stress Injury

ELBOW: Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow), Medical Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow), Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Bone Spurs, Bursitis

HAND, WRIST AND ELBOW: Arthritis, Rheumatoid, Osteoarthritis, Scleroderma, Psoriatic, Lupus, Fractures, Dislocations, Tendonitis, Soft Tissue Injuries, Traumatic Injuries, Tumors, Nerve Repair

OTHER: Congenital Nerve Injuries, Tendon Lacerations

SURGERY: Minimally Invasive surgery, reconstructive surgery, revision surgery, open surgical and regional block anesthesia

About Hand Surgery

About Your Hands

To learn more about your hands’ anatomy, please click here.


For a comprehensive list of links recommended by the ASSH, please click here.

Patients Resources Overview

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
A source for the latest legislation, educational, health care policy and research information related to orthopaedic surgery. The site includes the bylaws and position papers of the AAOS, and the latest federal and state laws enacted that pertain to the practice of orthopaedics and medicine.

American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons
The website provides a source of information for the latest trends in joint replacement surgery about the hip and knee.

American Society for Surgery of the Hand 
The mission of ASSH is to advance the science and practice of hand surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners.

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society 
The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society website has listings for orthopaedic surgery foot and ankle specialists.

Arthritis Foundation 
The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. The site reviews non-operative means of dealing with arthritis and provides available local resources.

Kids Health 
KidsHealth can provide you with lots of general information to help you better understand health issues for kids, teens and adults with kids.

A very high quality resource for consumers seeking health information. Has indepth new articles with reliable health information.

Medicine Net
Excellent resource for topical, easy-to-read health information that allows the consumer to stay informed on all aspects of health and medicine with articles written to educate.

Medscape is a free resource for Physicians, featuring Free CME (Continuing Medical Education), medical journal articles, MEDLINE, medical news, major conference coverage, and comprehensive drug information.

National Institutes of Health 
The official website for the NIH, the major governmental funding agency for peer-reviewed research in the United States, easy to use and navigate with an advanced search engine.

National Osteoporosis Foundation 
The website is a source for information on the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, and provides patient information, including the latest news and research.

Orthopaedic Trauma Association 
The OTA is an educational and scientific society dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge and information regarding the care and treatment of injuries to the musculoskeletal system.

Orthopaedic Research Society 

The ORS is an organization dedicated to the advancement of orthopaedic research through education in research, advocacy for increasing resources for research, and increasing awareness of the importance of orthopaedic research.

Web MD Health 
WebMD has very good news articles by providing up-to-date information on current health news, has a library of interactive health tools, and is well known as a trustworthy site for the accuracy of its information.

Contact us by calling 1-415-20-ORTHO or click here for more information and read our patient testimonials.