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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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.


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

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    Mask Myths
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    Mask Myths

    We’ve all heard the recommendations. “Wear a facemask in public where social distancing may be difficult to maintain.” Still, when I am out in the community—grocery shopping or paying for gas, for instance—I see varying levels of mask-wearing. It makes me wonder what the non-mask-wearers are thinking.

    Once in a while, someone I know will see the disbelief in my eyes and openly admit why they are not wearing a mask. For the others, scientists and news organizations have been helpful in polling non-mask-wearers and reporting their objections.  Here is a collection of the most common mask myths and my efforts to debunk them.  

    “I don’t need a mask.”  Did you know that masks don’t actually protect the wearer as much as they protect others who come into contact with the wearer? If you happen to have the virus without having symptoms, a mask protects those around you from becoming ill. More importantly, when everyone wears one, lots fewer people get sick. So, wearing a mask is a way of saying, “I care about others’ health and wellbeing.”

    “Wearing a mask doesn’t seem healthy.” One person I met said that she didn’t want the mask to inhibit her immune response. Now, having recovered from disbelief, I would like to share that from an informed medical standpoint, there is no risk of becoming immune deficient as a result of wearing a cloth or paper mask. Remember masks protect others, so germs are still getting in just fine. They find it more difficult to get out, and that’s the point.   

    “If I wear a mask, I won’t get enough oxygen.” Unless you have a pulmonary condition requiring extra oxygen or your mask is made of something other than fabric or paper, you should be getting plenty of life-giving oxygen. Not getting enough oxygen makes you feel sick. People get dizzy, have chest pain, get a headache, and might even pass out.  If mask-wearing caused these symptoms, nobody would be able to wear them.

    “I forgot.” Admittedly, wearing a mask is a pretty heavy lift in terms of habit change. Who among us hasn’t walked out the door without our mask? But you wouldn’t go for a walk without your pants. You wouldn’t go into a store without your wallet. If you forgot either of these essentials, you would simply turn the car around and go back for them. I would like to encourage everyone to think of their mask as essential, like pants.

    One study uncovered that men, in particular, are more likely to think of wearing a mask as  “a sign of weakness.” I agree. It is a sign of weakness. We, as a human race, are vulnerable to the coronavirus. Wearing a mask is a public acknowledgement that there is something that can kill us. While it may be more fun to pretend that we are made of steel, lots of things can kill us: a crocodile, falling from a high cliff, a car accident… Think of coronavirus as a crocodile. Pretending it doesn’t exist will not make it go away. Instead, you avoid it. In the case of coronavirus, avoiding it means keeping your distance, washing your hands, and wearing a mask.

    Others say mask-wearing is “not cool.” To them, I say this: You’re right. Wearing a mask stinks. So do pandemics. We didn’t choose this situation, but we can choose how we cope with it. To put it bluntly, if we wear masks, fewer people will die.

    Many people give one of the reasons above, but really they are just resistant to authority. America, with its foundation in the principles of freedom, is full of those who would rather die than be told what to do.  The most recent reports indicate that the United States leads the world in coronavirus cases and deaths. If the resistance mask-wearing continues, so will the steady increase of those affected by this disease.    

    I urge everyone to not only wear their masks but encourage others to do so as well. The danger is real. The task of collectively surviving the coronavirus is sort of like a group work assignment in school. If half of us don’t do the work, all of us fail. Many more people will lose their lives or the lives of those they love.

    Let’s work together to counteract the objections. Please join me in spreading the message that “wearing is caring.” Let people know that they don’t have to care about themselves. They don’t have to care about humanity or their fellow Americans. Wearing a mask means caring about the people they love:  their spouse, their parents, their children, and their grandchildren. Not wearing a mask puts those people at risk.

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


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