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.


    Learn About Your Options for Colorectal Cancer Screenings
    Grace Weatherby
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2023

    Learn About Your Options for Colorectal Cancer Screenings

    Colon, or colorectal, cancer is one of those things people don’t like to talk about. However, it deserves your attention and time given it’s the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both American men and women, and it’s expected to cause about 52,550 deaths during 2023.

    Despite those frightening statistics, there is a bit of good news around colon cancer. And that is this: colon cancer is highly treatable and often curable. Thanks to enhanced screening options that detect polyps before they can develop into cancer, death rates from colon cancer have been steadily dropping over the past several decades.

    Currently, the American Cancer Society recommends that people at average risk of colon cancer start regular screenings at age 45. Screenings can be performed with a sensitive test that looks for signs of cancer in a person’s stool, or with a visual exam (colonoscopy) that looks at the colon and rectum.

    Assuming you’re in good health and your initial screening raises no red flags, you should continue screenings once every 10 years at least until the age of 75, or even up to 85 if appropriate. Again, these recommendations are for individuals at average risk.

    The most common risk factor for colon cancer is age. In fact, more than 90% of cases of colon cancer are diagnosed in individuals 50 years of age and older.

    Factors that might warrant getting screened before the age of 45 include:

    • A personal history of colorectal cancer or certain types of polyps 
    • A strong family history of colorectal cancer or certain types of polyps
    • A personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)
    • A confirmed or suspected hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome, such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or Lynch syndrome (hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer or HNPCC)
    • A personal history of getting radiation to the abdomen (belly) or pelvic area to treat a prior cancer

    In addition, there are several risk factors that you have the power to change. These include lifestyle issues, such as:

    • Smoking         
    • Being overweight or obese
    • A diet rich in red meats, processed meats, and fat
    • Heavy alcohol use
    • Not being physically active

    Again, thanks to advances in screening technology, you now have options: a stool-based test or a colonoscopy.

    Stool-based tests are often preferred as they can be done at home. Using a mail-in kit, they involve collecting and sending stool (feces) samples off to a lab to be examined for possible signs of colorectal cancer or polyps. While the at-home option is nice, these tests are not perfect. They can miss polyps and precancerous growths in the colon that should be removed. They may even provide false-positive test result. Plus, they need to be performed more often than visual exams (every 1-3 years v. every 10) and, if the results come back positive/abnormal, a colonoscopy will need to be performed.

    As for colonoscopies, they do require performing a bowel prep the night before your procedure, and typically require arranging transportation home from your procedure due to use of a sedative given to you during the colonoscopy. During the roughly 30-minute procedure, your doctor will visually assess your entire colon using a flexible tube with a camera on the end. If any small polyps are detected, they may be removed during the procedure. Any polyps removed will be sent to a lab to check for cancer. Similarly, tissue may be removed from larger polyps or other unusual growths too large to be removed during the colonoscopy. That tissue will also be sent to a lab for testing.

    As for which option is right for you, that’s a discussion you should have with your doctor. Whatever you choose, the most important thing is to simply get screened.


     Dr. David Furman is a gastroenterologist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.


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