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.

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.


    Dietary Do's & Don'ts for a Healthy Pregnancy
    Grace Weatherby
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2023

    Dietary Do's & Don'ts for a Healthy Pregnancy

    Many people are under the impression that being pregnant is essentially a license to eat whatever you want, whenever you want. And while occasional indulgences to satisfy cravings are okay, parents-to-be need to be mindful that food choices not only impact the mother’s health during and after pregnancy, but also the future health of the baby.

    Regarding how much to eat, the American Council of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (ACOG) notes that for expectant moms with one baby on board, no extra calories are needed during the first trimester. Your growing, little one will do just fine with the amount of food a mother consumes normally.

    Once you hit the second trimester (13-26 weeks), you need an extra 340 calories per day. To put that in perspective, that's roughly equal to a glass of skim milk and half a sandwich. At the third trimester mark (after 26 weeks), you only need to add another 100 calories (think of an apple, 2 ½ oranges, or a handful of peanuts—not the whole bag). 

    Keeping calories in check make it possible to maintain a healthy pregnancy weight, which can contribute to a safer pregnancy overall and get you back to feeling and looking like yourself post-delivery.

    As for what goes into the total needed calories, here’s a quick look at the types of food you should—and shouldn’t—be enjoying:

    What to eat:

    You have lots of options for eating healthy while pregnant or breastfeeding. Focusing on the following food groups will ensure you and your baby get the nutrition you need:

    Fruit:  All types of fruits and 100% fruit juices. Fruit can be enjoyed fresh, frozen, canned, or dried.

    Whole grains: Found in whole-wheat bread and pasta, brown rice, cereal, oatmeal, tortillas, and quinoa

    Dairy or soy-fortified alternatives: Including low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese, yogurt, buttermilk, or soy beverages. NOTE: all dairy products should be labeled pasteurized.

    Oils and fats: Found in vegetable or olive oil, fish, avocado, and nuts

    Protein foods: Including chicken, eggs, lean meat, beans, tofu and other soy products, nuts and seeds, peas

    What to skip:

    × Raw or rare fish or shellfish, including sushi or raw oysters

    × High-mercury fish like king mackerel, marlin, shark, swordfish, and bigeye tuna

    × Raw or rare meats, poultry, or eggs

    × Unpasteurized juice, milk, or cheese

    × Cold, processed deli meats, smoked seafood, and hot dogs

    × Processed meat or seafood salads like ham salad, chicken salad, or tuna salad

    × Raw sprouts, including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts

    × Foods with added sugars, including cakes, cookies, candy, and soda

    × Salt, when possible, skip packaged meals which are high in salt. Replace salt in your cooking with fresh or dried herbs

    × Caffeine, limit to 200 mg (roughly one 12-ounce cup of coffee per day) and limit intake of teas, energy drinks, chocolate, chocolate milk, and sodas, all of which may contain caffeine

    × Alcohol, given all types can be harmful to your developing baby, no amount is considered safe

    For help choosing healthy foods or planning meals, click here.


    Malcolm Paine, MD, is a member of the SVMC OB/GYN team. 


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