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.


    A Local Spike
    Administrator Account
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2020

    A Local Spike

    On Monday, we heard community reports of more than 30 positive antigen tests for COVID-19 in Manchester, Vermont, and its surrounding towns. On Tuesday, the Vermont Department of Health confirmed that information, but they did not update their data to reflect the increase in cases. This is certainly concerning and confusing. I would like to share some information that I hope will clear up some misunderstandings and give helpful directions to keep you safe.

    How many cases are there?
    It is difficult to know how many cases there are locally. There are three major types of tests, each of which has varying degrees of accuracy and usefulness. Complete information about testing can be found here

    • PCR tests, like those we use at SVMC, rely on genetic material from the virus to produce a positive result. They are typically processed at the state lab and are a very accurate reflection of whether an infection is present. 
    • Some clinics are using antigen testing, which are not as fully accurate for determining an active infection. The state does not record positive antigen tests as true positives but do DOES consider them to represent presumptive cases. Those who have had a positive antigen test are advised to get a PCR-based test.
    • The biggest concern are those who receive a negative result from an antigen test. The rate of false negatives, depending on which antigen test, can be 15 – 20 %.
    • The third type of test, an antibody test sometimes referred to as serology, looks for infection in the past. Current antibody tests don’t tell you whether you are immune to COVID and may not tell you if the virus you were exposed to is COVID-19 or another corona virus. This test needs a lot more research before it is useful to most people.

    What should you do?
    If you don’t think you’ve been exposed, continue to
    practice social distancing, masking when near others, and frequent handwashing. Limit your travel, and do not go to parties or other places where people gather. Stay up to date on current cases by monitoring the Vermont Department of Health Website. The site posts the COVID-19 activity in each town, including new confirmed cases. It is updated every day.

    If you think you may have been exposed, you have been closer than 6 feet for 10 minutes or more, to someone who has tested positive, quarantining immediately is the best action. To quarantine means that you and your family members stay home and monitor yourselves for symptoms for 14 days.

    Alternatively, those who have had a single exposure can quarantine for 7 days and get a test.  Waiting 7 days after a single exposure will increase the accuracy of the test by giving the virus the opportunity to build up a measurable response. If you have been exposed repeatedly over the last 7 days or more, you can get tested right away. Get additional details here.

    If your exposure is confirmed before you are tested or after you test positive, you will hear from a contact tracer. The contact tracer will be interested in how you are doing and whether you are at risk of serious illness. The contact tracer will gather information to verify your identity and so that they can continue to monitor and support your family.

    Note that contact tracing is free. If someone claims to need payment information, they are not a contact tracer.

    The contact tracer will recommend testing and quarantine and provide information about each in addition to resources you may need to meet your needs during this time. More information about contact tracing can be found at here and here. Their aim is to help you get the help you need and to determine who else may be affected.

    If you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to isolate yourself from the community and others in your household for at least 7 days, plus 72 hours after any fever has subsided without the use of fever-reducing medications. To isolate means that you should stay away from others in your household by staying in separate rooms most of the time. You should wear masks when in the same room or when passing in common areas. You should use a separate bathroom, if possible. You should not eat together. Continue frequent handwashing and sanitizing of surfaces.

    When will this end?
    As long as people are socializing in person, we should expect outbreaks. Instead of socializing in groups, I encourage everyone to stay physically distanced, wear masks, and wash their hands frequently. Remain socially connected by checking in by telephone or video chat. Please choose wisely regarding where to travel by abiding by the Governor’s travel guidelines. Avoid parties and gatherings of any size where social distancing is difficult or if you know people attending will not wear masks.

    COVID-19 is deadly for some who get it and very disruptive to most of the others. The most important way to care for our communities right now is by behaving in ways that reduce the spread.


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