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Hand & Reconstructive Surgery Center

Our Pediatric Hand and Reconstructive Surgery Center offers specialized care for children with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions of the hand, wrist and other upper extremities. These include congenital disorders, issues related to cerebral palsy, as well as problems that are the result of a sports injury or other type of traumatic event. Our integrative approach involves experts in pediatric orthopedics, hand surgery, plastic surgery and microsurgery and allows our surgeons to provide a level of care unmatched in most other hospital settings.

Our goal at UCSF Benioff Children's is to restore range of motion, decrease pain and increase strength – basically to restore full or as close to full function as possible.

Why families choose us

Pediatric-focused care with long-term goals

  • Specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland diagnose and treat a variety of congenital and acquired reconstructive problems involving the hand.
  • Regardless of age, our specialists address each child's future growth as part of the treatment plan, helping your child achieve the best possible functionality and enjoy the least possible disruption of normal activities.

Northern California microsurgery services and support

  • The Hand and Microsurgery Department, part of the Children's Hospital Oakland Pediatric Orthopedic Department, is the busiest of its kind in the Bay Area, with over 13,000 patient visits a year.
  • Physical therapy professionals direct our follow-up care and services. Nonsurgical rehabilitation treatment, including custom splinting, patient and family education and functional exercise programs, may be provided by Children's Hospital Oakland staff or through referral to a provider in your area to ensure continued quality of care after you leave our hospital.

Access to orthopedic, plastic surgery and reconstruction professionals

  • Hand and microsurgery services are provided jointly by orthopedic and plastic surgery specialists, ensuring access to the top surgeons and surgical staff available for your child's unique condition.
  • Microsurgery techniques aren't restricted to hand surgeries; we also provide treatment for complex reconstruction of the face as well as facial reanimation and restoration of the smile.

Our locations (2)

    Awards & recognition

    • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

    Highlights of our orthopedic care

    Kid-focused care

    Our entire care team is specially trained to work with children. They understand growth and development, have expertise in pediatric conditions, and are skilled in the treatment approaches – both surgical and nonsurgical – that work best for young people.

    A broad network

    Our multiple locations across the Bay Area make it easy for families to access care. For those who live farther away, we also offer follow-up care through video visits and referrals to community-based orthopedic surgeons.

    Many experts under one roof

    At each of our facilities, patients have access to pediatric specialists, physical therapists and occupational therapists.

    Care for all ages

    We treat the full range of orthopedic concerns in pediatric patients ranging from newborns to young adults. We also ensure seamless care as our patients enter adulthood by coordinating with their new providers.

    Plan your visit

    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    For visitors

    Before you head to the hospital, check out our guidelines for visitors and caregivers.


    Your Stay

    We offer valuable information to help you plan for your child's upcoming hospital stay. Find out about food services, family accommodations and more.

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    Preparing for Your Child's Surgery

    If your child is having surgery, there are many details about how to prepare, what to bring, and what to expect during and after surgery. Learn more.

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    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

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    Related clinics (2)

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    Physical Therapy Clinic

    Physical Therapy Clinic

    Oakland / San Francisco

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    Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Clinic

    Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Clinic

    San Francisco / Oakland / Walnut Creek

    Support services

    Child Life Services

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    Child Life

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    Family Amenities

    Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.


    Social Services

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    Activity Rooms

    Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.


    Art Therapy

    Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.


    Music Therapy Program

    Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.


    School Program

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    School Re-Entry Program

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    Individual Playtime & Instruction

    If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.


    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

    Family Resource Center

    We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.


    Parent Support Program

    Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.


    Patient Relations

    Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.


    Spiritual Care

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    International Services

    If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

    Fetal surgery firsts

    The first open fetal surgery in the world was performed at UCSF in the early 1980s.