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    Hand, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Complete care and surgery expertise for the hand, shoulder, wrist, elbow and upper extremities, including microvascular surgery

Pain and problems involving our hands, shoulders, elbows and wrists can be very frustrating. We seem to rely on these "upper extremities" for work, play and nearly everything in between! Pain or loss of function are often annoying at best. And at worst, they can be debilitating or disabling.

The highest level of care

You can trust that you'll receive only the highest level of care for these problems from our team of orthopaedic hand, shoulder, elbow and upper extremity surgeons and specialists at UC Davis Health, who are part of the nationally ranked UC Davis Health Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. 

We're proud to be the region's largest and most experienced team in this specialty area, offering more than 80 years of combined experience treating upper-extremity conditions in patients of all ages.

Rooted in the latest medical knowledge

Dr. Bayne and a patient

As leaders in our field, our team includes a past president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the nation's oldest and largest medical specialty society devoted to the care of the hand.

Our surgeons have authored or co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles in medical journals, exploring important challenges and trends in hand and upper extremity surgery. Our research is also presented both nationally and internationally at orthopedic conferences and meetings every year. 

From routine to complex

What's most important is how we can bring this knowledge and experience to bear on behalf of you, our patients, to help meet your goals as much as possible. 

We treat the simplest conditions to the most complex — such as injuries involving the brachial plexus and peripheral nerves — and we offer a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan for each case.

Along the way, we strive to listen closely and provide individualized care for every patient, with the goal of eliminating pain, optimizing function, and ultimately maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.

Commonly treated conditions

Some of our commonly treated conditions include: 

  • Upper and lower limb nerve compression injuries, traumatic injuries, and injury sequelae
  • Fractures and dislocations of the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, arm, and shoulder
  • Arthritis of the shoulder, thumb, hand, wrist, or elbow
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Congenital hand and upper extremity differences
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture
  • Fractures of the distal radius
  • Ganglion cysts and tumors of the hand and wrist
  • Hand problems resulting from stroke, cerebral palsy, or spinal cord injury infections
  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome
  • Reconstructive microsurgery
  • Replantation surgery – tendon, nerve and blood vessel injuries
  • Sports-related injuries of the elbow, hand or wrist
  • Tendonitis of hand, wrist or elbow
  • Thumb injuries and pain
  • Trigger finger
  • Vascular disease or circulatory disturbances in the hand
  • Work-related injuries and conditions

About our team

Dr. Manske in OR

Our surgeons are trained to provide comprehensive care for the entire upper extremity, from the fingertip to the shoulder, as well as the brachial plexus.

All of our surgeons are board-certified and have additional certificate board qualification in surgery of the hand. Our surgeons are also highly specialized, with additional training in the areas of:

  • Shoulder joint replacement and elbow joint replacement
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Complex joint reconstruction
  • Sports injuries
  • Ilizarov surgery
  • Nerve entrapment and injury
  • Soft tissue loss requiring flap coverage
  • Birth differences of the upper extremity

Advanced procedures

Some of the techniques and procedures we use include: wrist and elbow arthroscopy; shoulder, elbow, wrist and finger joint replacements; microvascular reconstructions of bone, muscle and skin in both upper and lower extremities; varieties of internal and external fixation for bone injuries; and nerve and tendon reconstructions and transfers.

Meet our team

Christopher Bayne, MD Christopher O. Bayne, M.D.
Chief of Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery
Assistant Professor
Robert Szabo, M.D. Robert M. Szabo, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor
Director, Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery Fellowship
Past President, American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Robert Allen, MD Robert H. Allen, M.D.
Clinical Professor 
Michelle James Michelle A. James, M.D.
Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Shriners Hospital for Children
Clinical Professor
Claire Manske Claire Manske, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatric Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon, Shriners Hospital for Children

 

New patients and referring physicians

New patients are asked to complete this questionnaire (PDF); you may fill in online and print OR print and complete by hand. Please bring it with you to your first appointment. 
Referral Site
New Patient Brochure (PDF)