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.


    COVID-19 Immunity Update
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    COVID-19 Immunity Update

    Apart from the established risk factors—advanced age, obesity, and health conditions, like diabetes and heart disease—nobody knows why one person would be unaffected by COVID, while another person becomes seriously ill. Discovering how to avoid serious illness is right at the center of every important question about the disease. Everyone wants to know how people become immune and what can we do to increase the number of immune people—fast. Science is revealing something new almost daily. Here’s the latest on COVID and immunity.

    Can you get COVID-19 twice?
    Most scientists think that a COVID infection is similar to other coronaviruses, in regard to how long immunity is likely to last, reportedly as long as 34 months. The University of Washington published a study that reported that immunity seems to persist for at least 3 months after symptoms subside and likely longer.  At the same time, last month, scientists in Hong Kong reported that they had confirmed reinfection in a 33-year-old man who had first gotten COVID in March.  This would lead us to believe that it is possible, if uncommon, for people to be re-infected with COVID-19. It is likely that immunity could only protect against serious illness. In any case, the CDC advises people who recover from the coronavirus to behave as if they haven’t had it. They should still keep 6 feet from others, wear facemasks, and wash their hands frequently.

    Can you tell if someone is immune?
    Scientists are working on determining specific measurements of antibodies that would indicate when a person is immune. This would be valuable in deciding whether to return to work or school, for instance, and whether a vaccine has worked, without exposing the recipient to the virus. The difficulty is in the fact that antibodies don’t stick around all the time; they come and go, as the need arises. Someone may be pretty well immune to COVID-19, for instance, without much evidence of COVID-19 antibodies at all. At the same time, the presence of COVID-19 antibodies does not indicate complete immunity. So, the amount of neutralizing antibodies you would need to be immune to COVID-19 is still uncertain.

    Then what are antibody tests for?
    Some people are interested in knowing if they have been exposed to COVID-19. Antibody tests, which are available with a blood draw at SVMC’s lab and many other hospitals, can tell you if you have been exposed in the past, up until 2 weeks ago. The antibody response takes a few weeks, so people exposed in the last 2 weeks might not show any antibody activity. Maybe one day antibody tests will be able to reveal important information about immunity, but we just don’t have the baseline measurement yet.

    Can convalescent plasma help?
    Convalescent plasma is a part of the blood taken from someone who has recovered. It is being studied as a way to inoculate those in high-risk groups and as a treatment. It usually includes some antibodies, but like we said, it’s still really hard to know how many antibodies we need to have an effect.

    How close are we to getting a vaccine?
    The first large study of the safety and effectiveness of a COVID-19 vaccine started at the end of July. Thirty thousand volunteers were divided into two groups. Half received two shots of the vaccine 28 days apart and the other half received two shots of saltwater placebo. Nobody in the study, neither the patients nor the staff administering the doses, knew which they are getting or giving. They are looking to see if there are side effects, whether the vaccine works to prevent COVID entirely or decrease the severity of illness, and whether one dose is enough. Since July, two more potential vaccines have entered into the final phase of testing. The New York Times Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker is a good source of up-to-date information.

    How often are we likely to need to be re-vaccinated?
    As you likely know, doctors recommend getting a flu shot every year. That’s because the flu mutates very quickly. Last year’s vaccine would not be very effective against this year’s illness. Coronaviruses are much slower to mutate. It seems as if we will need to be vaccinated less often for coronavirus than for the flu.

    What is herd immunity?
    Herd immunity is when spread is slowed, because most people are immune. It is usually achieved when most of the population receives an effective vaccine. This is how we have managed some of the world’s killer diseases, including the measles and polio. Loosening restrictions in an aim to achieve herd immunity to COVID without a vaccine could relate to tremendous loss of life. Most public health and infectious disease experts are against an attempt at herd immunity without a vaccine. For now, our best defense is widespread and consistent masking, distancing, and handwashing. 

    How long will COVID be with us?
    Even once we get a vaccine, it is likely to be mostly, but not entirely, effective. So COVID-19 is likely to be with us for a very long time. I would estimate its impact on humanity to last in the hundreds of years. The good news is that with a vaccine, COVID-19 is likely to be far less serious and far less deadly in the future.

    Marie George, MD, FIDSA, of SVMC Infectious Disease, is an infectious disease specialist.


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