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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National Osteoporosis Foundation

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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.

For directions to SVMC Orthopedics, click here.


    Masks: Where to Wear
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    Masks: Where to Wear

    When SVMC staff members go out in public, they notice many people wearing masks appropriately and a few who are not wearing them as directed. Some of the non-compliance, it seems, may relate to confusion about when a mask is necessary and why.

    The risks can be determined by evaluating your likelihood to encounter people who are ill or those outside your household, how many people you will encounter, how close you are likely to get to others, and how long you will be near them. Here’s a helpful guide for getting it straight:


    Situation Where to Wear Risks
    Either indoors or outside at home with the family members you live with, all of whom are healthy Don't wear It’s just not feasible to wear a mask at all times. As long as the number of people you live with is small and consistent and  the group is following distancing, masking, and handwashing guidelines, the risk is minimal. Those who live in large groups should follow the recommendations in the last line of the chart.
    Either indoors or outside at home if a family member is ill with flu- or COVID-like symptoms Both those who are ill and those in proximity to them should wear a mask. 

    Wearing a mask when close will help prevent the well people in the household from becoming ill. Also, keep as separate as possible, disinfect surfaces a few times a day, and wash hands frequently.

    Inside with healthy people you don’t live with Everyone should wear a mask over their mouth and nose for the entire time.  Wearing a mask in this case will help keep those who are ill, but who don’t yet know it yet, from spreading the virus. Also keep these meetings 6 feet apart and brief. Note that those who are not healthy should not visit or accept visitors.
    Outside with people you don’t live with Same as directly above. Same as directly above.
    Out for a walk or hike alone or with those you live with

    Intermittent mask wearing. In this case, put on your mask in the case you are likely to come within 6 – 10 feet of others. 

    Time spent in proximity to someone who is shedding the virus is a significant factor is catching it. So the chances of catching it while passing someone in the street or on the trail is very small. Allow as much space as possible and put the mask on when you can’t avoid getting close to others. 
    Out for a walk or hike with those you do not live with Both people should wear a mask the entire time.  While the risk of passing the virus is lower outside than inside, it’s still best to have a mask on when near people you don’t live with for any length of time, even if you are walking a little way apart. 
    Running in to pay for gas or pharmacy

    Wear a mask over both your mouth and nose the entire time.

    Even though you will not be spending long inside the gas station, you need to wear a mask. Many people would have been in and out of the space throughout the day. The aerosolized virus can hang in the air for as long as an hour. Also, you may have touched the gas pump, the gas station door, and a keypad. So take care not to touch your face and keep hand sanitizer in your car, so you can clean your hands before touching the steering wheel and shifter.

    While at the grocery or hardware store  Wear a mask over both your mouth and nose the entire time. Of all of the circumstances where masks are important, this is the most crucial. Given the number of people visiting the store and the amount of time most people take to do their weekly shopping, the grocery store and other stores are high-risk zones. Limit your trips to once a week, if possible; follow the guidelines meant to help distance shoppers; and sanitize your hands before driving. 


    Based on the risks—your likelihood to encounter people who are ill or those outside your household, how many people you will encounter, how close you are likely to get to others, and how long you will be near them—the greatest risk is being a healthcare worker. Which is why we wear our masks, eye protection (face shields or googles) and other protective equipment the entire time we are working.

    Wearing your mask at the appropriate moments is key to minimize your risk of exposure and the risk that you will expose others. Together with limiting visits, distancing, and handwashing, good mask-wearing habits will lessen how many people become infected with COVID-19. 

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


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