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To move pain-free

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Dr. Ursula Krotscheck
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Dr. Rory Todhunter
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Dr. Kei Hayashi

Cornell’s Small Animal Orthopedic Service keeps your patients moving

The Small Animal Orthopedic Service partners with referring veterinarians to treat injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system of dogs and cats. Drs. Rory Todhunter, Ursula Krotscheck, and Kei Hayashi provide a full range of services, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation, in cases including:

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  • Pediatric Inherited Joint Disorders, like hip & elbow dysplasia
  • Cruciate Ligament Rupture
  • Patella Luxation
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Non-specific Lameness
  • Joint Replacement
  • Spinal Problems, Growth Deformity

The clinicians and residents offer multiple treatment options, including minimally invasive procedures like arthroscopy that reduce pain and risk of infection.

Your patients may also benefit from other services offered by the Cornell team:

3D printing uses CT scans to create accurate medical models of bones and joints. In collaboration with the engineers at Cornell, surgeons use these plastic models to plan surgeries before operating. This shortens a patient’s time in surgery and under anesthesia, reducing the risk of infection and shortening recovery time.

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) and Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) are advanced surgical techniques to stabilize the knee joints in dogs with rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament (ACL). These procedures offer rapid recovery, better range of motion in joints, and possibly reduced arthritis development. By offering several treatment options for cruciate ligament injury, a customized surgical approach is available for each patient.

Force Plate Analysis measures the amount of lameness and the limb(s) affected. It can be used to diagnose and to monitor the success of treatment and the progression of recovery.

The abnormal hip formation as a result of hip dysplasia leads to hip arthritis and associated lameness. Cornell developed a genetic screening test for breeding and puppy selection. We offer treatment options for growing dogs that can reduce the onset and severity of secondary arthritis that results from hip dysplasia. For adult dogs with hip arthritis, we offer hip replacement and hip excision surgery and a variety of arthritis treatment options. Cornell now offers total stifle and elbow replacements. Suitable candidates for hip, elbow and stifle total joint replacement and any elective orthopedic surgical procedure must have already failed medical management before undergoing joint replacement and be free of infections, including dermatitis.

To learn more about Cornell’s Small Animal Orthopedic Service, please call the referring veterinary line at 607.253.3003.

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Meet Jake, whose running life was restored after receiving Cornell's first total knee replacement surgery. <more>