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 Reminders for Cooler Weather
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    COVID Reminders for Cooler Weather

    I have learned that people find it easiest to remember things when they come in groups of five or less. There are five primary methods for decreasing the risk of spreading COVID-19: (1) maintaining physical distancing, (2) frequently hand sanitizing, (3) wearing facemasks indoors or within 6 feet of others outdoors, (4) screening and testing for the disease, and (5) developing a supportive culture. There has been significant media coverage of the first four items. Number 5 deserves more attention.

    A supportive culture is not typically punitive. A supportive culture encourages, motivates, and inspires others to follow the first four measures listed. No individual can reasonably be expected to adhere to all preventative actions all of the time. A supportive culture is one that follows the principal, “I have your back, and you have mine.” We help each other in achieving compliance with the measures. Communities that can maintain a supportive culture will have low numbers of COVID-19 cases and few outbreaks while working to establish widespread vaccination.

    There are a few other concepts—five, as a matter of fact—that are important in minimizing spread of the virus, especially as the weather cools.

    1. Risk of transmission increases as ventilation decreases. The virus is most easily transmitted indoors. The size of interior rooms can make it difficult to appropriately distance, and a critical mass of aerosolized particles can hang in the air without adequate ventilation and infect others. This is in contrast to being outdoors, where the particles readily disperse and are far less likely to make others sick. Even during the upcoming cold weather, maximize your time outdoors. Wear more clothing and use blankets. When visiting with friends, go on an outdoor walk together, even in the snow, rather than remaining indoors. Such efforts will help us avoid the increase in COVID-19 cases that are predicted to occur this winter.

    2. Risk of transmission increases as time increases. We need to hold in-person work, school, and social events, as it is important for business productivity and emotional well-being. In order to do that safely, we must think differently this year than in the past. Recognize that in addition to distancing, hand cleansing, and the use of facemasks, time is a significant factor in spread of COVID-19. The greater the time you spend in proximity to people, the greater the likelihood of infection. Minimize the amount of time you are with other individuals outside of those in your household, especially when indoors. If you normally hold one-hour business meetings, cut them down to 20 minutes, and schedule some of them to occur outdoors, by telephone, or by video.

    3. Precautions are synergistic. No one precaution is enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The measures work together and build upon each other. Wearing your mask is most effective if you are following the other precautions, too, including distancing.

    4. Aim for consistency. We are beginning to notice clusters and outbreaks of illness due to people relaxing precautions as their perception of the risk decreases. When there are few cases in a community, some individuals become complacent and relax precautions. Then the number of cases increase, and people begin adhering to the mitigation measures again. Thus, a regional cycle is established, and at some point, large outbreaks result. To keep cases low and prevent outbreaks, we need to aim for consistency in following precautions, regardless of our perception of the risk.

    5. Have Realistic Expectations. Cases will happen even when individuals and communities are diligent in adhering to mitigation measures. COVID-19 is very contagious. We need to understand and accept that in order to participate in some in-person activities, there is risk. We cannot expect that experiences at school, work, and social endeavors will lead to the same standards as those before and after the pandemic. Yet, we do not need to accept mediocrity. We can work together to innovate and strive for similar outcomes.

    As a final note, if you know someone who has become ill with COVID-19, do not to judge or blame them. COVID-19 is truly something that can happen to most anyone, even those following all reasonably preventative measures. We will overcome the current discord that has engulfed our nation through a supportive culture to ensure the health of the community and discovery of joy in our existence.

    Trey Dobson, MD, is the chief medical officer at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. 


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