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.


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    Holiday Hosting Guide

    It’s hard not to be drawn to Vermont in the fall. Our landscape is made for this time of year. Showing it off to our friends and family is something we look forward to all year long. Unfortunately, cases in Vermont and nationwide are increasing. By mid-November, our case counts in Vermont are expected to rise to more than 20 cases per day. Along with our own health experts and those across the country, I have to recommend that we reset our expectations this year and make the choices we need to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.

    Guest from out of state. Before you invite people from out of state, consult Vermont’s travel map. Only those from the  teal-colored counties can come to Vermont without a 2-week quarantine. The Vermont map is updated weekly on Tuesday. If the county from which your guests are coming changes from teal to yellow or red, you may need to cancel at the last minute. A similar map showing risk level by county nationwide is available here.

    Coming from a place with few cases does not mean your guests are not infected. Just as you cannot assure them that you are not. For this reason, all of the ordinary recommendations still apply. You should keep your in-person socializing short, mostly outdoors, and 6 feet apart. Wear your masks, and wash hands frequently.

    Returning college students. The quarantines required for out-of-town guests from highly affected areas also apply to college students returning home for winter break. For the first 14 days your student is home from a yellow or green county, socialize outdoors or during short amounts of time. Mask and keep 6 feet apart. Use separate bathrooms, if possible. Wash your hands frequently and disinfect commonly touched surfaces often. Check with your primary care provider if there is asymptomatic testing available. If so, you may want to get tested after 7 days and stop quarantining after your student receives a negative test result.

    Like travelers, students and families should observe basic guidelines for the first 14 days, even if the student is coming from a green zone. After that point, the student can fold into the household and socialize with other household members without restrictions.

    Neighbors and friends from close by. The same basic restrictions apply to those who live close by. So if you have typically had a large dinner of 20 neighbors and family for Thanksgiving, it may be time to rethink your plan. It should be held with fewer guests, outside, and over a shorter time. Wear your masks and stay 6 feet apart. Avoid buffet-style meals, and have everyone wash or sanitize their hands before touching objects that others may touch. Avoid alcohol, as it can make it more difficult to follow precautions.

    So what can I do? It’s definitely time to get creative. Meeting virtually is certainly the safest way. Set up your laptop or phone on one end of the table, and Zoom while you enjoy your meals. (There’s lots of playful conversation to be had about whose table setting and turkey looks the best!) Eat with the members of your household and invite others for a masked and distanced walk or hike afterwards. Or choose the warmest part of the day for an outdoor meal or include a well-managed campfire and some hot beverages as a part of the event.

    You’re right. It’s all weird. And that might be a little sad. But pretending it’s 2019 is not safe. Why not embrace the weirdness and turn this holiday season into one we will never forget?

    Donna Barron, RN, is the infection preventionist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.


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