Regional Leader in Orthopedic Care

Cayuga Health System Orthopedics Services is a partnership between Cayuga Medical Center, Schuyler Hospital, Cayuga Medical Associates creating the region’s largest provider of comprehensive orthopedic diagnostic, surgery, and rehabilitation services.

At Cayuga Medical Center we are proud to offer state-of-the-art surgical techniques to correct a variety of orthopedic conditions. All our surgeons are board-certified in orthopedic surgery and several have completed additional fellowship training in subspecialties. Our mission is to give our patients the opportunity to make the best recovery possible, right here, close to home.

When you make an appointment to visit the clinic at Cayuga Medical Center, we’ll connect you with the doctor who specializes in the area you need. You’ll receive a thorough evaluation by our specialists, who will evaluate and explain your injury, help your pain, and offer treatment options.

We are proud to offer state-of-the-art orthopedic surgical techniques to correct a variety of orthopedic conditions. Our surgeons are board-certified in orthopedic surgery and several have completed additional fellowship training in subspecialties.

Six Steps to Successful Surgery


When you call the Cayuga Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine you will speak to the Orthopedic Patient Navigator (OPN), a licensed clinician with orthopedic clinical experience. The OPN can answer questions you may have concerning your orthopedic condition and will assist you in making an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons. Our orthopedic surgeons are board certified in orthopedic surgery and several have completed advanced training in subspecialties. Your consultation with the orthopedic surgeon will involve a comprehensive physical exam, imaging (x-rays, MRI) if necessary, and a thorough explanation of your condition and a review of options for non-operative or operative care.

Preoperative Physical

If you and your orthopedic surgeon decide the best option for treating your condition is surgery, the next step is to have a preoperative physical to make sure you are optimally prepared to undergo the procedure. If you are healthy with no past medical history you may be able to have your physical right in the orthopedic office and schedule for surgery at the same time. If you have current or past medical conditions that puts you at a greater risk for surgery, you will be scheduled with your primary care physician. The surgery will not be scheduled until your primary care physician clears you medically. Our goal is to make sure you are safe and well prepared to undergo surgery.


After your preoperative physical exam in the orthopedic office or with your primary care physician a nurse from Cayuga Medical Center will contact you to discuss your surgery. The nurse will review your medical history, explain the procedure, and make sure you fully understand what to expect. If at any time you have any questions or concerns about your surgery you can contact Cayuga Medical Center and speak to a preadmission nurse.


At Cayuga Medical Center, we want your surgical experience to be as safe, comfortable, and stress-free as possible. We perform all inpatient surgery at the medical center. Same-day surgery and outpatient procedures take place at two locations: at the main campus in the medical center’s Same-day Surgery Center; and at Surgicare, on the Convenient Care Campus at Ithaca, located on Arrowwood Drive off Warren Road. Our orthopedic surgical team performs over a thousand procedures a year and help our patients through recovery. We understand, however, that for most of our patients surgery is an unfamiliar experience. Our goal is to take excellent care of you, to educate you and your family about your surgery and what to expect during recovery, and above all, to help you get better.


Whether you have an inpatient or outpatient procedure it is very likely that you will require physical therapy. Inpatient physical therapy starts soon after surgery to improve range of motion, strength, and mobility. When inpatients are discharged they either receive home care or are referred to an outpatient physical therapy clinic. Cayuga Medical Center has two state of the art outpatient physical therapy clinics staffed with highly credentialed and experienced physical therapists. The clinics are located at the Island Health Center and on Brentwood Drive, just off Warren road. If you have an outpatient procedure your orthopedic surgeon will refer you to outpatient physical therapy to help maximize your recovery.


On your follow up visit your orthopedic surgeon will determine if you are ready to return to your normal activities of daily living, work, or sports. You may require further physical therapy or your orthopedic surgeon will suggest you continue on your own at home or at a fitness facility. Our goal is for you to get back to doing the things you love.

Life is Sweet After Surgery

Carrying 40- to 80-pound boxes of honey from beehives to his truck was becoming painful for Nick Shilliff in the summer of 2015. His left hip would ache during the day and keep him awake at night. “It got so I couldn’t take three steps without pain, and I couldn’t sleep because I could not […]

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Kitty Shallenberger of Hector was gradually giving up her regular three-mile walks with friends because the aching in her right knee had grown more painful during the last few years.

A Very Hip Grandmother

Barbara Dubow, a registered professional nurse, worked in the health-care field for 41 years. She is well known in the Ithaca community as the former school nurse at Boynton Middle School and as a skilled caregiver at both Cayuga Medical Center and Surgicare. Dubow, now 63 and recently retired from nursing for the second time, […]

About Cayuga Medical Center

We are a not-for-profit, acute-care medical center bringing state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to the residents of Tompkins, Cortland, Seneca, and Tioga counties. And a century after our founding, we remain intrinsically tied to those we serve: our corporate membership includes representatives from over 100 community organizations. At Cayuga Medical Center, we believe that hospitals are shaped by the people they serve


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