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.

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    Behind the Scenes of Vaccine Distribution
    Administrator Account
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2020

    Behind the Scenes of Vaccine Distribution

    As the director of pharmacy services at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), my job is to get medicines from manufacturers to the people who need them. Like many medications, the new COVID-19 vaccines have particular handling instructions. I thought it might be interesting to share all of the intricate steps your vaccine takes to get from the people who make it to your arm.

    Step 1: Delivery
    At SVMC, we are fortunate to have been able to meet the intense storage requirements necessary for the Pfizer vaccine, which must be kept at -70 degrees Celcius. Having had the forethought to purchase an extra ultra-low-temperature freezer as soon as we knew this vaccine’s storage needs means that we can receive doses directly from Pfizer. So far, we have accepted about 1,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and we hope that the rate of arrival will continue. The Moderna vaccine is stored at -20 degrees Celcius and, so far, has arrived at a rate of 300 – 400 doses at a time.

    Once the specialty shipped Pfizer vaccine arrives, we keep it in the ultra-low freezer until we know when it will be used. It’s essential to understand when each vaccine batch will be used before thawing doses because—once removed from the freezer—the clock is ticking. We thaw it in a standard refrigerator—at 36 – 46 degrees Fahrenheit, which takes 2 – 3 hours. After that, the vaccine is stable for five days or 120 hours under refrigeration or 6 hours at room temperature, once prepared for administration.   

    Step 2: Preparation
    Once thawed, a pharmacist must compound the doses by adding saline to the vials and drawing up the syringes. The dose size for the Pfizer vaccine is 0.3 mL, and for the Moderna vaccine, it is 0.5 mL. Each dose takes approximately one minute to draw, cap, label, and transfer to a light-protective bag. Then, we deliver it to the vaccine clinic.

    The time it takes to prepare the vaccine is part of why walk-ins are not possible for COVID vaccine clinics. As long as each vaccine continues to have special handling requirements, we expect people will need an appointment to receive their vaccine.

    At SVMC’s clinics, we can deliver 24 vaccines an hour, and we are providing up to 288 doses a day. Pharmacists are preparing vaccines non-stop throughout the day to keep up with the demand. If there is a short wait between when you arrive for your vaccine and when it is available, it is likely because the vaccine itself is being compounded and prepared.

    Step 3: Scheduling
    We are keeping our website,, up to date regarding whose turn it is to receive their vaccination. Frontline healthcare workers and residents and staff at long-term care facilities are being vaccinated now. Community healthcare workers are being scheduled and vaccinated too. You can visit for information about when it’s your turn and to eventually schedule online. We anticipate beginning to vaccinate members of the general public starting in February.

    Note that only those who live or work within the area shown on the map below may receive the vaccine from SVMC. You will be asked to register with your zip code and may be asked for proof of zip code (a driver’s license, for instance) before receiving the vaccine. Also, appointments are dependent on the expected vaccine arrival. If we do not receive your dose, your appointment will be rescheduled.

    Those who have had  a positive COVID test should wait 75 days from the onset of COVID symptoms before getting vaccinated, and everyone should reschedule if they are in quarantine or feeling ill.

    Step 4: Vaccination Day
    You will arrive at your scheduled time and register, just like you do for a medical appointment or lab blood draw. The staff registering you will ask you to fill out a form and answer questions about how you’re feeling and whether you’ve ever had a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine in the past. The vaccinator will ask more questions, including which arm you prefer. The rest is quick and virtually painless.

    When you’re done, you visit an observation area, where you must wait for 15 minutes before leaving. Allergic reactions are rare, but most present within 10 minutes. While there, you can get your “I got vaccinated” sticker and scan a QR Code that will prompt you to sign up for daily check-ins. Signing up helps the vaccine manufacturers collect more information about how the vaccine affects recipients. You will also make an appointment to receive the second dose. From start to finish, the whole process should take 45 minutes or less.

    More than 10,000 Vermonters have been vaccinated so far. You can keep up to date with the latest vaccine distribution stats at the state’s new dashboard: hope, when it’s your turn, you will join me and thousands of others to get your vaccine. Getting at least 70 percent of the population vaccinated is our quickest and safest way to get back to visiting, hosting, traveling, school, sports, live music and theater performances, and all of the other things we look forward to and enjoy.

    Robert Sherman, PharmD, is the director of Pharmacy Services, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. 


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