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.


    How to End Stigma
    Administrator Account
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2020

    How to End Stigma

    One in four adults experiences a mental illness. As COVID-19 continues, mental health issues—like anxiety and depression, which are sometimes brought on or exacerbated by challenging life events, including job loss or financial troubles—are expected to rise. At the same time, our culture sometimes expresses negativity about people with mental illness in ways that may prevent those who need help from getting it.

    That’s why this is a great time to relearn how we talk about mental illness in ways that overcome the stigma and encourage treatment.

    Whether you are dealing with mental illness or know or love someone who is; whether the mental health issues are new or longstanding; and regardless of what type of mental health challenges you have—depression, anxiety, substance abuse, attention-deficit disorder, autism, or others—it’s important to listen for stigma, raise awareness, and make changes to encourage fair treatment for all. We all need to be a part of the solution to counteract stigma.

    Here’s a quick guide to what you can do: 

    Listen and correct. We are all influenced by family, friends, the media, and our culture. Harmful language is everywhere, and it’s very powerful. How we choose to talk about something—to ourselves and to others—can sometimes change how we think about it. Listen for potentially hurtful language and make a commitment to adjusting your own words and working through discomfort to correct others.

    • For instance, you might hear someone say, “he’s bipolar” or “she’s schizophrenic.” A mental health diagnosis is not the complete sum of anyone’s abilities or personality. Labeling in this way minimizes all of the other qualities they have.
    • At the same time, to ignore or fail to mention a mental illness makes it seem shameful. The best way to describe someone who has a mental illness is like this: “he has a bipolar disorder” or “she has schizophrenia.” And say she or he “has a mental illness” instead of “is mentally ill.”
    • Avoid using terms like crazy or insane, which can be hurtful when they refer to someone who’s coping with mental illness. Clinical terms, like those above, are more accurate. Normalizing them diminishes the stigma that has accompanied them.
    • Be careful not to falsely assign clinical terms to yourself or others. For instance, people who are especially particular might purport to have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). You’ve heard people offhandedly say, “Oh, that’s just my OCD.” Using clinical terms to describe quirky behavior diminishes the very real and serious struggle of coping with the real thing. You would never claim to have cancer or diabetes when you don’t. It’s helpful to think of mental diagnoses in the same way.
    • Similarly, people sometimes imagine that people with mental illness are responsible for their diagnosis or could “get over it, if only they tried.” Imagine how hurtful it would be to say the same thing to someone with cancer. Move to recognize mental illnesses as legitimate health concerns with important life-sustaining treatments.
    • If you are the one who has mental illness, be sure to change the language you use with yourself, too. Everyone has challenges. Far too few people get the help they need. By recognizing your limitations, you are moving in the right direction.
    • By using stigma-reducing language and politely teaching it to others, you are already making a big impact to fight stigma. Note that big transgressions, like an inaccurate stereotype in a newspaper or news program, might require a big correction. Don’t hesitate to take on cultural institutions or other powerful organizations to point out their mistake.

    Learn and share. Stigma is often fueled by lack of awareness, inaccurate information, and a fear of the unknown. When you encounter a person with a diagnosis that’s unfamiliar to you, commit to doing 10 minutes worth of research. You will likely learn the details of the condition and which treatment/s may be helpful. Let what you know about the person’s other qualities mix in with what you have learned, so you come away with a complete picture of the person. Share what you learn to bring about a positive shift in how we all treat others.  

    Act with compassion. People with mental illness may interact with the world around them in ways that are not typical. Show your compassion, facilitate their getting the help they need, continue to include them in your life, and act as an advocate to encourage others to do the same.

    When we each adjust our language and behavior and expect others to do so as well, our actions will add up to significant cultural change.  Together, we can put an end to stigma, inspire those with mental illness to view their condition just as they would any other health challenge, and get everyone the treatment they need to restore wellness.

    Rachel Darby, PMHNP-BC, is a member of the psychiatric medical team at United Counseling Service in Bennington.


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