Orthopaedic Trauma

surgery, and neurosurgery trauma teams.
The orthopaedic trauma team maintains an aggressive surgical approach to all fractures admitted to the UCLA Emergency Medicine Center either as paramedic transports or as transfers from community hospitals. AO Surgical Principles are used in all fracture stabilization procedures. Minimally invasive approaches are utilized whenever possible. Physicians and hospitals receiving complex orthopaedic trauma cases are encouraged to call for consultation 24 hours a day.
Comprehensive treatment is available for the following conditions:
Pelvis, Acetabulum and Hip

  • Acetabular fractures
  • Femoral acetabular impingement, osteochondroplasty and labral repair
  • Hip pain in the young adult
  • Hip dysplasia – periacetabular osteotomy
  • Hip fractures
  • Letournel anterior total hip arthroplasty – minimally invasive
  • Malunion / nonunion hip and femoral neck
  • Osteotomy of the proximal femur
  • Pelvic fractures
  • Pelvic malunion / nonunion
  • Traumatic osteoarthritis of hip


  • Articular fractures of the knee
  • Distal femur fractures
  • Distal femoral osteotomy for malunion
  • Femoral shaft fracture
  • Femoral shaft nonunion
  • Malunion of femoral shaft and distal femur
  • Post-traumatic lengthening of femoral fracture


  • Ankle fractures
  • Complex tibial plateau fractures
  • Limb reconstruction – microvascular free flap
  • Open fractures
  • Pilon fractures
  • Tibial shaft fractures


  • Calcaneal fractures
  • Hind, mid and forefoot fractures
  • Lisfranc fractures and salvage procedures
  • Ligament reconstruction of ankle

Upper Extremity

  • Elbow fracture / dislocation
  • Forearm fractures and soft-tissue trauma
  • Intra-articular distal humeral fractures
  • Proximal humerus fractures, 3-4 part intra-articular shoulder fractures
  • Scapular fractures
  • Segmental humeral shaft fractures, malunions and nonunions
  • Wrist fractures