Dr. Gregory Rafijah specializes in the medical and surgical care of the hand, wrist, and elbow. He takes a special interest in traumatic injuries of the upper extremity, distal radius fractures, elbow instability and stiffness, and thumb arthritis. Dr. Rafijah currently serves as the Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chief of Hand Surgery, and Director of Hand Fellowship Program at the University of California, Irvine.
Reconstructive microsurgery is a special type of surgery that combines magnification with an advanced microscope, specialized precision tools, and various operating techniques for the surgical treatment of complicated injuries involving the muscles, tendons, blood vessels, nerves, skin, and bones.
Arthroscopic surgery, also known as arthroscopy, is a surgical procedure to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint using a specialized instrument known as an arthroscope.
An arthroscope is a flexible fiberoptic tube that contains a small lens or camera and a lighting system to magnify and illuminate structures inside a joint. The camera attached to the arthroscope shows an image of the joint on a television screen allowing the surgeon to examine the affected joint or areas such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons, and perform the repair.
Son JH, Rafijah G; Extra-articular Malunions of the Distal Radius in Fractures of the Wrist, Editor Nirmal Tejwani, MD; Chapter 11; 87-95, Springer International Publishing, New York, 2021.
Sutherland JK, Nozaki T, Kaneko Y, Rafijah G, Hitt D, Yoshioka H; Initial Experience with 3D Isotropic High Resolution 3T MR Arthrography of the Wrist, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, January 2016, 17:30 1-8.
Hacquebord JH, Rafijah G, Trumble TE, Rheumatoid Arhritis, Chapter 26 466-489, in Principles of Hand Surgery and Therapy, ed Trumble T, Rayan G, Budoff JE, Baratz M, Slutsky D, Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA 2017.
Bui C, Rafijah G, Lee TQ, Effect of Dorsal Capsuloligamentous Structures on Traumatic Carpal Instability. IN progress, submitted to JHS
Kuo S, Rafijah G, Long arm vs Short Arm Splinting After DVR Fixation of Distal Radius Fractures.
Rafijah G; Chung KC: In-situ Decompression of the Ulnar Nerve; a multicenter Trial. Multicenter trial with University of Michigan. IRB approved at UCI 1/2010.