SVMC ORTHOPEDICS


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.

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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."

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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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Arthritis Today www.arthritistoday.org

National Osteoporosis Foundation nof.org

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons orthoinfo.aaos.org

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine www.amssm.org

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

Hours:
Monday – Friday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Directions: 
For directions to SVMC Orthopedics, click here.

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    A Summer of Learning and Fun
    Ashley Jowett
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    A Summer of Learning and Fun

    School is out for the summer! And that opens up lots of opportunities for learning in different ways. We want all of our patients at SVMC Pediatrics and all kids in our community to have a healthy and safe summer filled with great experiences. Here are a few tips to get your summer off to a great start.

    Get vaccinated and boosted against COVID. Kids ages 5 – 18 can get their third dose of COVID vaccine and should when they are eligible. The vaccine is expected to be approved for children ages 6 months – 4 years within just a few weeks. Visit the COVID Resource Center page for hours and follow SVMC on Facebook or get our e-newsletter for updates.

    Eat fresh. Becoming accustomed to healthy flavors is an important key to a healthy life, and summer is a great time to introduce new seasonal produce to kids. Did you know that snap peas can be almost as sweet as fruit when eaten farm fresh? Go berry picking, test out a zucchini bread recipe, or try introducing steamed broccoli with some cheddar cheese to the cheese-loving kid in your life. If it flops, no worries. The most important thing is that your kid is exposed to opportunities to try healthy foods.

    Get outside. Our area has so many wonderful opportunities to explore in nature. Need ideas? Try the Vermont State Park’s Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge or an activity passport from Come Alive Outside. Check out your local library for free VT state passes. Packing kids’ days with healthy outdoor time has so many benefits, including reduced stress, better emotional control, learning, movement, and more. Plus, it helps limit overuse of digital devices. Don’t forget the sunscreen, bug spray, and to complete a thorough tick check when you come in.

    Look for unconventional learning opportunities. Educational opportunities outside of school are one of the biggest predictors of school success. And, just like we have great outdoor opportunities nearby, our area is brimming with fantastic arts, history, science, and cultural organizations. In Bennington, there is free live music almost every Thursday and Friday night! Visit your local library to borrow passes that enable free access to many great cultural sites. While you are there, check out the library’s events for kids and find books to help your child explore a topic that interests them.

    Focus on safety. Take a moment to review water and fireworks safety with your child before taking part in these activities. Most importantly, be sure to model safe behavior for your child. It’s also a good time to review fire safety and practice your escape plan. Finally, review your first aid kits and make sure they are stocked with fresh supplies. Keep one at home and one in the car.

    With these tips, you can count on a fun summer filled with safe and healthy activity and a different and valuable type of learning.

    Kelsey Pierce, PA-C, is a physician assistant at SVMC Pediatrics, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Southwestern Vermont Health Care.

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