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: (844) 526-1901

Monday – Friday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For directions to SVMC Orthopedics, click here.


    Breathing Easier with Pulmonary Rehab
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    Breathing Easier with Pulmonary Rehab

    The first time SVMC's Pulmonary Rehab (PR) Program Coordinator Caitlyn Boyd, DPT, met “John,” he was living life at the mercy of his COPD. 

    “Like so many of the COPD patients we see,” she says, “His life was very limited. He hadn’t worked in a year due to his condition. Basic life tasks, like walking to the car or getting up to use the restroom, had become a struggle.” 

    After his fourth admission to the hospital in as many months, John finally decided enough was enough and took his doctor’s advice to enlist in SVMC’s PR program. 

    “When John first came to us, he had some significant challenges,” recalls Boyd, “but, more importantly, he had deep desire to regain control of his life.”

    At age 60 and a lifelong smoker, John entered his first day of PR on oxygen. 

    “You could tell he was a bit nervous,” says Boyd. “Lots of patients tend to be intimidated by the equipment they see in our gym. They think, ‘I can’t even walk to the fridge, how am I going to get on a treadmill?’ But, like we told John, through a combination of education and exercise, we’re going to gradually build your stamina and teach you ways to manage your breathing issues.”

    John’s first bi-weekly sessions lasted about an hour and consisted of a slow warm-up, a few minutes of exercise on each machine (treadmill, recumbent stepper and arm bike) all followed by a rest break, with education about COPD provided throughout. 

    “During the sessions, we monitored both his heart rate and oxygen levels to ensure he wasn’t overdoing it,” says Boyd. At the end of the 8-week program, John no longer needed oxygen for activities of daily living or to exercise. 

    “For many people, the idea of exercise for breathing issues seems counterintuitive,” notes Boyd. “The tendency is to do less when you have trouble breathing. But the less you do, the less capable your body becomes at taking in and using oxygen efficiently. Exercise and the use of proper breathing techniques, however, help you build stamina and actually give you back control of your breathing. And in John’s case, he also met with a smoking cessation specialist who helped him quit smoking and further improve his lung function.”

    After the initial structured program, John began a PR Maintenance Program 2 days per week for an hour or more.  This included supervised exercise and support from either physical therapy or nursing staff that are a part of the first 8-week session. 

    Today, John continues with that program and has also taken a part-time job, walks regularly with his wife, and is enjoying a much more active and engaged lifestyle.  He is able to manage his COPD and breathing as challenges arise.  

    “As inspiring as John’s story is—and it is,” says Boyd, “It’s not that unusual. PR can really be life-changing for anyone suffering with COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, and other chronic lung conditions. In fact, only 2 percent of PR participants with COPD end up being re-admitted to the SVMC hospital for breathing flare ups compared to the 19 percent of patients with COPD who do NOT participate in PR.”  

    As for John, he’s happy to report he hasn’t been to the ER once in the past 6 months.

    To learn more about SVMC's Pulmonary Rehab program—which is open and seeing patients in a safe, socially distanced manner—please contact Caitlyn Boyd, DPT, at (802) 447-5140 or email  


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