Restoring Active Lifestyles

Don’t let pain or injury keep you on the sidelines of your own life.

If pain or injury is holding you back from living the life you want, SVMC Orthopedics can help. The team of board-certified providers is here to provide the individualized treatment and compassionate care you need to get back to leading the life you love. SVMC Orthopedics offers state of the art diagnostic and treatment services, including non-surgical options and same-day joint replacement. 

If you suffer from severe or chronic hip, knee, or ankle pain, total joint replacement may be the best solution. Your orthopedic surgeon will help you understand your options and how joint replacement surgery can help to not just relieve your pain, but get you back to leading a full and active life.

Whether you need a hip replacement or knee replacement, surgeries are performed at SVMC with a rehabilitation program developed in conjunction with our Sports and Therapy department. We offer both in- patient and out-patient therapy options. Some patients are able to return home from a joint replacement surgery on the same day. For patients requiring additional recovery time, the Centers for Living & Rehabilitation (CLR) located on our campus can provide additional extra nursing care and therapy before returning home to fully independent care.

Because getting back to living is the ultimate goal of spinal surgery, the reduced recovery time required by minimally invasive surgery makes it an ideal option for many. 

At SVMC, you’ll be treated by a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon extensively trained in performing minimally invasive spine procedures and creating customized treatment plans. In some cases, you’ll be up and about in a few hours and back to work in a matter of days or weeks, not months.

Injuries to the rotator cuff are not only painful, they can be life limiting. When possible, the fellowship-trained surgeons at SVMC will attempt to treat your injury through non-surgical means, which may include physical therapy, medication, or injections. If those efforts are unsuccessful, your physician may recommend surgery here at SVMC. Utilizing the latest in arthroscopic technology, your repair can be made with only a slight incision, reducing your recovery time and chance of infection.  For more complicated injuries, a more involved surgery or even joint replacement may be necessary.

Regardless of your procedure, your care will continue post-surgery with a comprehensive rehabilitation plan developed in conjunction with our Physical Therapy department.

In addition to being delicate and complex, your hands and wrists are essential to your daily life. At SVMC, we appreciate that an injury or problem can limit your ability to work, play, and generally enjoy life. From fractures and arthritis to deformities and carpal tunnel syndrome, our providers can care for you. They can create a custom treatment plan using the most advanced surgical techniques, devices, and rehabilitation programs to help you maximize function and minimize pain for the best results possible.

The average person experiences two bone fractures in their lifetime. But as common as they are, every fracture is unique. From complex and stress to oblique and greenstick, at SVMC we diagnose and treat fractures with the specific cause and needs of the patient in mind. On-site imaging technology allows us to quickly assess your need and move quickly to begin the mending process. Depending upon the nature and cause of your injury, we may develop a continuing care plan to reduce or eliminate the chance of future injury.

Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, our board-certified, fellowship-trained sports medicine specialists can help relieve your pain and get you back in the game or back to your everyday routine.

Our first approach is always conservative, meaning you won’t endure unnecessary treatments or care for your injury. We use the latest techniques and methods to resolve your issue in a manner that’s appropriate for you and your lifestyle.

If your injury does require surgery, it can be performed here, close to home where you can rest and recover in comfort. As part of your care, we’ll develop a personalized recovery plan utilizing the talents and facilities of our on-site Physical Therapy department. Together, we’ll help you recover faster, improve your strength and performance, and reduce the potential for future re-injury.

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Arthritis Today

National Osteoporosis Foundation

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

Yoga instructor Jane Jezouit had increasing pain in her hip to the point that she had difficulty teaching her yoga classes. In this video, she describes the care she received from SVMC Orthopedics and Dr. Michaela Schneiderbauer to get back to her active self.

Les Jorgensen's hip pain made it difficult for him to walk from his living room to his kitchen; never mind enjoy the activities he loves. After a hip replacement with Dr. Michaela Schneiderbauer, MD, of SVMC Orthopedics, he walks 18-holes of golf three times a week, pain free.

Celia Bahny and her family are very active. Unfortunately, Celia suffered a broken arm (in the same spot twice!) which slowed her down for a spell. Today, she is fully recovered with help from Dr. Matthew Nofziger of SVMC Orthopedics. In this video, Celia and her mother, Holly, discuss her care with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and how we helped get her back to their active lifestyle.


Avid hiker and guide Keld Alstrup relied on Dr. Matthew Nofziger and the expert team at SVMC Orthopedics to relieve his knee pain and restore his active lifestyle. Now he's back to "peak performance."


Deborah Slaner Larkin talks about the care she received from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Dr. Suk Namkoong.


332 Dewey Street, Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-6314
Fax: (844) 526-1901

Monday – Friday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For directions to SVMC Orthopedics, click here.


    5 Questions about Masks
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    5 Questions about Masks

    Based on new recommendations made by Vermont Governor Phil Scott over the weekend, everyone should now wear a mask when out in public. Why did that change, and how does this new advice affect the other things we are supposed to do? Here are some commonly asked questions about how this new direction affects our lives.

    Why did the governor switch from a no-mask to now a masked policy? Governmental leaders and health professionals are encouraged by the impact social distancing has made on slowing the spread of COVID-19. But new, credible information suggests that the disease may be spread by people who appear healthy. Healthy seeming people infected with the virus are likely to spread much less of the pathogen when masked.

    Yay! If I have a mask on, I can finally go shopping normally again, right? Sorry. Trips out should still be limited to those for essentials only. If you are doing this well, you are going out to the grocery store and/or pharmacy no more than once a week. See this handy guide for more about how to make essential trips safely.

    But at least I can finally see my friends again, as long as I wear a mask, right? Sadly, no. We should still be practicing social distancing. So no visiting please, unless by phone or video chat. When you are out in public or at work, you should still be keeping at least 6 feet—the length of a large couch—apart, even with a mask on.

    So what are the masks good for? Masks don't actually block their wearer from breathing in potentially harmful particles as much as they keep the wearer from projecting them when they talk. So by wearing a mask, you are actually protecting others, in case you are infected. They are also helpful for keeping us from touching our noses and mouths, which is a common way that infected people transfer the germ into the environment and way that non-infected people pick up the germ.

    I am supposed to wear a mask, but where do I get one? You’re right. It is hard to find masks to purchase right now. And we should really be saving the medical-grade masks, which are in short supply, for our healthcare workers. So we need to improvise. While the options below certainly don’t work as well as the real thing, they are better than nothing:

    • If you're handy with a needle and thread, you could sew one. If you happened to have sewn many, distribute them to family and friends or donate them to a local group, like Green Mountain Mask Makers. Individuals can also connect with sewing groups to get masks, either for free or for a donation.
    • You can also use a handkerchief tied around your neck and pulled up like a bank robber from an old western movie.
    • Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson, MD, recommends repurposing your cold-weather gear and using a neck warmer or ski mask.
    • There are also some pretty great McGyver-like online tutorials that show you how to make a mask out of a t-shirt and a few rubber bands.

    If you have questions about masking up, feel free to call SVHC’s COVID-19 Informational Hotline at 802-440-8844. And thank you for efforts to contain COVID-19.


    Donna Barron, RN, is the infection preventionist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.


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