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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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.


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Phone: (802) 442-6314
Fax: (844) 526-1901

Monday – Friday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For directions to SVMC Orthopedics, click here.


    Lymphedema: What It Is & How to Manage It
    Grace Weatherby
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2023

    Lymphedema: What It Is & How to Manage It

    Lymphedema is the abnormal build-up of lymph fluid in the soft tissue of your body, which often results in disfiguring and swelling. While lymphedema can be hereditary, it can also occur after a surgical procedure, infection, radiation, or other physical trauma.

    Normally, the lymphatic system works as a part of your body's immune system. Made up of a network of lymph nodes, ducts or vessels, and organs, the lymphatic system collects and carries clear lymph fluid through the body tissues to the blood. The trouble begins when the system is damaged in a manner that prevents lymph fluid from returning to the blood. Instead, it builds up in the body’s soft tissue. Lymphedema is most commonly in the legs and arms; however, it can also be experienced in the face, neck, abdomen, breasts, and anywhere in the body depending on the cause.

    Because lymphedema can develop into a long-term or chronic condition that can cause considerable pain and discomfort, it’s important to recognize it in the earliest stages and seek medical help. Early warning signs of lymphedema include:

    • Unusual or unexplained swelling  
    • Skin feeling tight or hard, changing in texture, looking red, or feeling hot
    • New aching, tingling, numbness, or other discomfort near the swelling
    • Less movement or flexibility in nearby joints
    • Jewelry, such as rings, watches, and bracelets fitting tight even though you haven’t gained weight
    • Clothing fits tighter than usual but only in a specific area, such as the arms or legs

    Untreated, lymphedema can progress through a series of stages (0 to 3) with increasingly uncomfortable symptoms and a growing risk of related complications, including infection. Fortunately, lymphedema addressed in the earliest stages (0 to 1) can very often be reversed. The longer it goes untreated, the harder it can be to treat.

    Treatment for lymphedema needs to be prescribed by a doctor and should ideally be provided by a certified lymphedema therapist (CLT). While there are several different approaches for treating lymphedema, all of which should be pain-free, the shared goal is to move the lymph fluid away from the swollen area. 

    The gold standard for lymphedema treatment is Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) which is a combination of the following:

    • Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD): This involves a gentle massage to move the extra fluid to other parts of the body and decrease the lymphedema.
    • Compression Therapy. A multilayer bandaging approach that helps move the lymph fluid out of the affected area. Once there is improvement, wearing a compression garment will help prevent further swelling.
    • Good Skin and Nail Care. Intended to help prevent infection. A podiatrist may be required for nail/foot care.
    • Exercise and Movement. Regular exercise and movement both work to improve your circulation and move lymph fluid throughout the body, which improves lymphatic drainage.

    Treatment sessions typically last 1 to 1-½ hours. How frequently they take place is determined on a patient-by-patient basis. In many cases, patients can note a visible change in appearance in as little as one session. A component of the treatment is to educate patients how to learn techniques to help manage the lymphedema themselves.

    Again, early diagnosis is essential to getting the maximum benefit from treatment. However, you can benefit from treatment at any stage.

    If you have questions or concerns about any unexplained swelling, contact your doctor immediately to schedule an appointment.


    Kendra Petro, OTR/L, OTD, CLT is an occupational therapist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation that treats lymphedema.


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