Your scheduled visit to the Orthopedic Surgery Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals begins with check in at the reception desk. Following a small amount of paperwork, you will be greeted in the waiting room by one or two students currently in their surgery rotation and brought to a private examination room.
The students will conduct an examination of your pet and ask you questions about your animal's history and current health. We appreciate your patience and understanding in allowing these future veterinarians to interact with you and your pet.
The students will then leave to consult with a faculty member about the history, physical examination and recommendations for case management. Your pet will usually be examined away from you. The orthopedic team will accompany the student back to your examination room to examine your pet again and discuss options for imaging studies and other diagnostic tests.
Often, you will be asked to leave your pet in the care of our students so that we can begin appropriate testing. Given our schedule and consultations with other specialists regarding your pet's care, you may be asked to return to discuss our findings later in the day. Although you may not meet the faculty chief of service, all cases are discussed with the service chief and many patients are examined by three or more doctors.
Once our orthopedic team has formed a diagnosis, they will meet with you to discuss a set of medical and surgical options tailored to your needs and those of your companion, including financial estimates. Often animals that require a procedure will be scheduled for surgery the day following their initial appointment. We offer convenient overnight stays for animals with next-day surgeries.
Patients recovering from orthopedic injuries or surgeries typically stay in the hospital for several
days. You animal may also be referred to our colleagues for rehabilitation, pain management or nutrition services.