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.

SVMC Physical Therapy

SVMC Occupational Therapy

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.


    Better Access to Your Health Information
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    Better Access to Your Health Information

    Over the last few weeks, our dedicated staff collected over 1,200 specimens for PCR testing for COVID-19. We shared that those who tested positive would be contacted directly and those with negative tests would receive their results on the SVMC Hospital Patient Portal. For many of you the portal is completely new, so I wanted to share how to use the portal and what the benefits are both now and in the future.

    We already know that well-designed technology can help us improve our organization and make better use of our time. Today’s patients are also more involved in their healthcare and want to work closely with their providers when making decisions that directly affect them. Having a health portal allows patients access their information in real time, rather than waiting for a call from their provider or needing to take time to request results from the office or medical records department.

    Your health portal is secure, and great measures are taken to protect your privacy. This includes setting your account with an ID, password, and security questions, enabling a time-out feature for open accounts with no user activity and a secure “one-time use” URL when you are logged into your account. (This prevents your portal link from being copied and shared.) You may be asked to verify your identity before receiving tech support for an account and medical record access will be restricted if it has been determined that an account has been compromised.

    Once established, your portal is a powerful tool. You can view lab results as soon as they are available in your medical record. With most routine labs, you can also view your historical results to compare information. Imaging reports are available 72 hours after completion, and you can view your discharge information from ER visits or admissions. In addition, you can access SVMC’s online bill pay and print off important forms for upcoming appointments.

    To be auto-enrolled in the hospital health portal, you must have a valid email address on file in your electronic medical record. For users that try to enroll without an email address, your request will go into a queue where we will update your account within 24 hours.

    For users that manage the health of others, proxy access is available with some limitations. Aging parents can give proxy permission for their adult children and parents with children age 0 - 11 can request proxy access for their records. Children between the ages of 12 and 17 are restricted from the portal due to state laws, but parents can still request information through our Release of Information department.

    For patients who mainly see only their primary care provider or a specialist, our SVMC providers have a separate health portal where you can access office visit information, send secure messages to the provider, and request prescription refills.

    Health portals are not a requirement for our patients, but many find them a quick and convenient way to stay informed. As always, any decisions or changes in your healthcare, medications, or health routines, should always be discussed with your primary provider first.

    Patients who are interested in learning more about the hospital’s patient portals to manage their health care can find links and register at

    Melissa Frechette works in the Information Systems department at SVMC and manages the patient portals.


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