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.

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    Introducing a Sibling
    Ashley Jowett
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2022

    Introducing a Sibling

    Depending on your older child’s age and disposition, introducing a newborn sibling can be tricky. Older siblings can suffer from the shift in focus, regress developmentally, or express anger or aggression toward the new baby. When you follow the parent- and expert-approved tips below, you are more likely to begin this new sibling relationship on the right foot.

    Sharing the News
    Months seem to take eons in kid time. Wait to tell your older child about the coming of the new baby for a few months, if you can. Use changes in weather to share when the baby will arrive. For instance, you might say, “they will be here when the weather gets really cold again.”

    In two-parent households, both should be present. It should be an announcement but not a serious one. Emphasize how much fun it will be to have a playmate and someone that they can teach to do new things. Be sure to tell them before you tell members of your extended families. Grandmothers and aunts love to talk about new babies, and you don’t want your child to learn about it secondhand.

    Before the Birth
    Talk about the new baby regularly. The young older sibling may need reminders that a baby is on the way. Read stories about becoming a big brother or big sister and about what babies do and what they need.

    As the belly grows, introduce your children through the belly. Encourage your older child to talk to the baby about their favorite toys or sing to the baby. Tell the older child that the baby can hear them and it seems like the baby is excited to meet them. It is very special if the older baby is able to feel the baby move.

    If your older child will relocate to a different room or move from a crib to a “big kid” bed, make the changes well in advance. Let it be about their growth and progress, rather than “making room for the new baby.”  Leave plenty of time for preparing the nursery for the new baby after the older sibling is settled and comfortable in their new space.

    If you choose, pick up a small gift for the newborn to present to the older sibling upon meeting and have the older sibling pick out something special to give to the new baby when they arrive. You can also empower your older child to suggest names, choose the “going home” outfit, or complete other baby preparation with you.  Some kids appreciate having a doll that they can care in the same ways you care for the baby.

    Some parents pack a framed photo of the older child to have with them when they go to the hospital. If you decide to have the older sibling visit in the hospital, it gives them the indication that you care about them and wanted them there.

    Talk to your older child about what to expect. They should know who they will stay with and that you will see them again very soon. Some kids associate the hospital with being sick, which could lead to worry. Reassure them that you are OK.

    First Meeting
    Often, parents choose to introduce the new baby while they lay in a bassinet or cradle, rather than in mom’s or dad’s arms. Use the baby’s and child’s names to make the introductions. Let the sibling know that it seems like the baby is very happy to have an older sister or brother like them. Let your child know that they can’t play with the baby yet. They should ask if they want to hold the baby.

    Coming Home
    Generally, try to operate as a family unit. Breastfeed in the living room while the older sibling plays nearby. Try to send the message that you are available for both the older and younger child.

    Plan some one-on-one time with mom and dad either separately or together and find small ways to make the big kid feel special. Use all of the familiar ways of telling them that you love them. Encourage visitors to pay attention to the older sibling too. If they bring something for the new baby, it’s especially nice if they think to bring a little something for the older sibling as well.

    Keep expectations low and be accepting of your child’s reaction. Bonding usually happens naturally over time and sometimes with a few bumps along the way. If you have concerns about how your older child is coping, talk to their doctor for additional ideas.

    Jaclyn Lozier, MD, is a pediatrician at SVMC Pediatrics, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Southwestern Vermont Health Care, in Bennington. 


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