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: (802) 447-1686

Monday – Friday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For directions to SVMC Orthopedics, click here.


    Common Questions: Advanced Directives
    Ashley Jowett
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2022

    Common Questions: Advanced Directives

    A living will, a terminal care document, a do-not-resuscitate order (DNR), Clinician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (COLST), a healthcare proxy, or a durable power of attorney for health care… While the names can be confusing, each of these is an advanced directive you can use to reduce your loved one’s stress if you are no longer able to communicate medical decisions for yourself. Let’s review the most common questions.

    Do I need advanced directives? Almost everyone can benefit from preparing documents that guide their family and healthcare professionals, in case they are unable to communicate their wishes directly.

    What are the different kinds, and what are the differences between them? The different documents vary in their scope. 

    • The Clinician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (COLST) form includes a section that covers do-not-resuscitate orders. A DNR is a decision you make in collaboration with your doctor based on your health condition. Here in Vermont, doctors sometimes fill out only the DNR portion of the COLST for their patients.
    • The COLST also allows you to share your preferences for other types of care. It includes questions about whether you would like mechanical assistance in breathing, to be transferred to another hospital, to receive antibiotics, and to be fed via a feeding tube and for how long, for instance.
    • Living wills or advanced directives are the most comprehensive documents of their kind, as they include information found in DNRs, COLSTs, and more, including how you would like your relatives to handle your remains and which religious traditions you would like observed. Living wills make sense for all adults, regardless of their age and health.
    • Perhaps most importantly, a living will includes an opportunity to appoint a healthcare proxy and or durable power of attorney for health care or an individual (and sometimes an alternate or co-designees) to make health decisions for you, if you can’t. You would discuss your decisions with your healthcare proxy, and they would have the decision-making power. For some, this is the only piece they would like to fill out.
    • For Vermonters, I recommend this form from the Vermont Ethics Network.  People who live in New York can find their form here, while Massachusetts residents should use this one. In addition, Start the Conversation is a great website this is just a conversation guide but not specific to any state.

    Do I need a lawyer to do this? No. Financial wills and health care wills are usually separate and for good reason. A lawyer can help with advanced directives, but their help is not necessary.

    What if I don’t know what I want? Advanced directives communicate your personal sense of “how far is too far” when it comes to healthcare interventions. This line is unique to each person and can change based on your health and where you are in your life. These documents help you prevent others from inadvertently going farther than you would ever want. If you are not sure, you can take the document to your next doctor’s appointment to see if your physician thinks that your choices make sense in light of your current health.

    What if I still don’t know? If you don’t know the answer to any of the individual questions, you can leave that question blank. You do not have to have all the answers for the document to work.

    What if I change my mind?  It’s often helpful for people who are anxious about filling this out to know that the most current version of the document over rides all previous versions. So, you can make a decision this week, think better of it, and create a new document next week.

    Is this too much stress for my family? Advanced directives actually help your family to have some peace of mind when making difficult decisions. They know that they are just carrying out your wishes, not taking charge and guessing about what you would want. It can also insulate family members from possible accusations from the extended family, who often don’t know the details of what is going on. The advanced directives show that these are the decisions you really wanted.   

    Elizabeth Fredland, LICSW, is the oncology social worker at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Southwestern Vermont Health Care in Bennington.


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