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 can 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. SVMC Orthopedics offers state of the art diagnostic and treatment services, including non-surgical options and same-day joint replacement. 

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.

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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Arthritis Today

National Osteoporosis Foundation

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

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.


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.


    Healthy Eating on a Budget
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    Healthy Eating on a Budget

    Since COVID started, many of us have been trying to spend less money on food and make fewer trips to the grocery store. You can do both of these things and increase the healthy foods you eat, too. Use these simple tips to stretch your food budget, shop no more than weekly, and get healthy meals you and your family will love.

    Cut back on dining out. According to Business Insider, at this time last year, the average American ate out 5.9 times per week. The average Vermonter spent $3,185 per year on dining out.  While both figures have likely decreased while we aim to reduce our COVID exposure, many families could still afford to decrease meals out. Reducing meals out by two or more a week to just one or two would save significant funds. Also, home-cooked meals are typically much healthier than those purchased in restaurants, which makes this a double win. 

    Look for sales. Take the time to look up store deals in advance. Most stores publish their weekly flyer online and even have electronic coupons to use. When you find a great deal, especially for whole non-perishable items, stock up. Deals on dried beans and peas, whole grains, nuts and seeds, dried fruit, frozen fruit and vegetables, and low-sodium or no-salt-added soup stock are particularly valuable, because they keep well and can be made into healthy foods. Avoid highly processed, high-sugar foods, even if they’re on sale.

    Plan your meals to use what’s fresh. Meal planning saves a ton of money, because you only buy what you need. Shop in season to save even more, because seasonal fruits and vegetables are often the least expensive. Plus, foods eaten in season are often perfectly ripe and especially delicious. Finally, following the season makes variety a snap. As new things are available, you’ll plan exciting menus to incorporate them. 

    Compare name brands and store brands. While some brand-name items are impossible to replicate, generic and store brands have become pretty good at replicating the products we love. Financial expert and author of the bestseller The Total Money Makeover Dave Ramsey estimates that you can save between a few dollars to almost half of meals costs by shopping store brands.

    Try skipping the meat. For many of us, meat seems indispensable. But trying a vegetarian dish, even just one day a week to start, can be a real money saver. Plus, plant-based diets have well-researched benefits. By adding sources of protein, like beans, meatless dishes can be every bit as satisfying as those made with meat. Once you have mastered a few meatless dishes, try a stir fry using tofu or tempeh. With a whole grain and plenty of fresh or frozen vegetables, it could be your next go-to dish.

    Cook big. Making one large batch of something and saving the leftovers saves both money and time. When you’re in a rush, you can pull the extra serving of the meal you made 2 weeks ago out of the freezer, rather than eating something unhealthy or ordering out. 

    Making lots of changes all at once is difficult. So start small by incorporating just one of the ideas listed above. Work on it until it’s second nature. Then, pick another one. Gradually, you’ll notice the benefits—your savings and feelings of wellbeing—adding up.

    Kristin Irace, RD, is a registered dietitian for Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.


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