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.


    Natural Cold Symptom Relief
    Administrator Account
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2019

    Natural Cold Symptom Relief

    In addition to bone-chilling temperatures, winter also brings drier air. Breathing dry air can cause a stuffy or bloody nose, cracked lips, or a dry throat, which can lead to unwelcome coughing fits. Fortunately, the right humidifier can address those discomforts and actually ease symptoms of colds and other respiratory conditions.

    Designed to increase humidity levels in the air, portable humidifiers come in a variety of types. The four most popular types include ultrasonic, impeller, evaporators, and steam vaporizers. Of these, only the steam vaporizer uses heat to generate a warm mist. The ultrasonic, impeller, and evaporator models all produce a cool mist through different means, making them especially safe for homes with small children. 

    The ideal humidity level to aim for when running humidifier is 30 – 50 percent. Some humidifiers have a built-in hygrometer, which will indicate the humidity level. Alternatively, you can purchase a hygrometer at most hardware stores. Keeping an eye on the humidity level is important, as too much humidity can be just as problematic as too little. High humidity levels can worsen respiratory problems and encourage the growth of mold, mildew, and harmful bacteria.

    When choosing a humidifier, one of the key considerations should be how easy it is to clean. Dirty filters and reservoirs (water tanks) can harbor bacterial growth. Mist contaminated with bacteria can cause coughs, colds, or even lung infections, even in healthy people, and can be especially problematic for people with asthma and allergies.  

    A few tips for your keeping your humidifier clean and functioning properly include:

    • Use distilled or demineralized water. Tap water contains minerals that can build up in your humidifier and promote bacterial growth. The produced mist may contain the minerals and/or the bacteria. To avoid breathing these in, use distilled or demineralized water, which has much lower mineral content than tap water.
    • Change water often. Don't allow film or deposits to develop inside your humidifiers. Empty and dry the inside surfaces of the tank and refill with clean water every day, if possible.
    • Clean humidifiers every 3 days. Remove any mineral deposits or film from your tank or other parts of the humidifier. A 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution, available at most pharmacies grocery stores, is an affordable and effective option for cleaning. Be sure to rinse the tank after cleaning to keep harmful chemicals from entering the air.
    • Change filters regularly. If your humidifier has a filter, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for how often to change it. If it's dirty, you may wish to change it more frequently. 

    If you find the floor, walls or surfaces around your humidifier are damp, this is an indication it’s producing too much moisture. Either adjust the moisture level down or limit use of your machine to reduce the chance of mold growing.

    When properly maintained and used with care, humidifiers can provide meaningful relief during the dry days of winter. But remember, a humidifier is not a medical solution to a cold or other issues. If you have symptoms that don’t improve or seem to get worse when using a humidifier, schedule an appointment with your doctor.  

    Dr. Adam Cohen is the medical director of the Emergency Department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Like all emergency physicians at SVMC, he is board certified in Emergency Medicine.


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