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.

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 would like to 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.


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Southwestern Vermont Health Care has been awarded a grant from The Aircast Foundation to allow our orthopedic patients to participate in the Dartmouth-Hitchcock GreenCare model.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) has initiated a new data-gathering program—the GreenCare model—to increase both health care quality and patient satisfaction while decreasing costs.  The GreenCare model uses data collected from patients to predict outcomes for similar patients in the future. The data collected allows patients and surgeons to understand the impact of their orthopedic disease allowing an individualized treatment plan.  SVMC Orthopedics is the first GreenCare participant among Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s affiliated medical institutions.

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.

While the causes of foot pain can range from trauma and arthritis to diabetes-related issues and injuries, the SVMC team has a single focus: literally getting you back on your feet.

Our experienced team offers comprehensive care of foot and ankle disorders through both surgical and non-surgical means for patients of all ages. Using biomechanical analysis, imaging, and other diagnostic procedures, we’ll isolate the cause of your pain and determine the treatment option that delivers the most effective and quickest path to recovery.

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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332 Dewey Street, Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-6314
Fax: (802) 447-1686

Monday – Friday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For directions to SVMC Orthopedics, click here.


    A Good Back-to-School Plan
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    A Good Back-to-School Plan

    For many of us, back-to-school time has always been a time of optimism. Having grown and rested over the summer, many kids are eager to get back to their friends and routines. They are ready for whatever new and exciting opportunities come their way. Just as COVID has upended our lives, it has the ability to put a damper on our back-to-school enthusiasm.

    Many schools are offering parents the opportunity to choose between in-person and fully remote models this year. For parents feeling ill equipped to make very difficult decisions about how they should handle the year ahead, the Centers for Disease Control has offered a way to organize the information we need to make a good decision about attending school or not.

    Your community. One of the biggest factors indicating the safety of schools is community spread. Schools are a microcosm of the communities they serve. If cases of COVID-19 are spreading in your community, they have the potential to spread in schools, as well. The Vermont Department of Health reports cases per million people by county. At this moment, all but one of our neighboring counties, Rensselaer, are reporting fewer than 400 cases per million. A low number of cases indicates that schools are more likely to be safe, especially for teachers, support personnel, administrators, and older students, who are more likely to contract COVID than younger students. For reasons that are not yet entirely understood, elementary-aged children are far less likely to get COVID and less likely to spread it to others.

    Your school. The next important source of information is how your school is planning to welcome students back safely. The plan should include the ways they will reduce the spread among students, like increased social distancing, more frequent hand washing, and wearing cloth face coverings. They might be planning to decrease in-person class sizes with staggered schedules, for instance. The school’s plan should also include details about how they intend to maintain a safe environment, like increased ventilation, cleaning, and disinfecting. Finally, there should be details about how they intend to screen students and staff, like taking temperatures or reporting symptoms, and to react if someone in the school community becomes ill.

    Your home. Many different conditions at home may sway your decision to send a child to school or keep them home. If you have a parent or caregiver in the home who is at high risk of developing a serious case of COVID, you might choose to keep your child at home to decrease any threat of exposure. Realities, like having to rely on school for childcare or not being able to meet the technological needs for learning (like a computer and Internet connection), may increase the need to send your child to school.

    Your kid. Some children are healthy and unlikely to develop serious illness from COVID-19, while others could be put at greater risk by attending school. Varying levels of academic and social needs may also affect your decision. A parent of a child who thrives within a virtual-learning environment would likely decide differently than the parent of a child who struggles with learning at home. Families whose kids benefit from school-based services, like speech therapy, or school-based nutrition, like school breakfast, will have a greater incentive to send their kids in person.

    What the CDC’s guide reveals is that every situation truly is unique to each student and each family. While we are unlikely to feel the same back-to-school excitement we typically feel, the hope is that we can make decisions that will keep our kids, families, and school staff safe and that we can encourage our kids to continue to learn and grow during this school year.  

    Meghan Gunn, MD, is a pediatrician and the chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.


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