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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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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332 Dewey Street, Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-6314
Fax: (802) 447-1686

Monday – Friday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For directions to SVMC Orthopedics, click here.


    Nutrient Spotlight: Vitamin D
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    Nutrient Spotlight: Vitamin D

    Vitamin D has been in the news lately. Studies have revealed that people with lower levels of vitamin D are more likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19. Clinical trials are even underway to test vitamin D as a COVID-19 treatment. More study is needed to confirm the initial findings, but there’s still good reason to pay attention to vitamin D.

    Vitamin D is already a well-established player in promoting bone health and immunity and is being studied for possible benefits in preventing and treating lots of common conditions, like cancer, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, depression, Alzheimer’s and dementia.  So how do you make sure you are getting enough of this powerful nutrient?

    Between 40 – 70 percent of people, depending on race, are estimated to be deficient in vitamin D. Your health care provider can check your vitamin D blood level with a simple blood test. They will be looking for 20 – 30 nanograms/ml of 25 hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D]. You’ll likely get enough vitamin D if you eat 600 IU per day if you’re under 70 and 800 IU if you’re 70 or older.

    If you and your doctor decide you need vitamin D, there are a few ways to get more.

    • Vitamin D is special, because it is the only nutrient humans synthesize themselves. Vitamin D is made in the skin as a result of exposure to sunshine. So getting outside, without sunscreen on, for short bursts can help you get the vitamin D you need without getting sunburned.
    • You can also aim to eat foods high in vitamin D. Fish like salmon and swordfish are vitamin D powerhouses, providing between 400 and 600 IU per 3-ounce serving. If they are too expensive, 3 ounces of ordinary canned tuna provides 154 IU, and two sardines provides 46 IU. Egg yolks include 41 IU each.
    • Many foods are fortified with vitamin D, including mushrooms, some of which are treated with UV light for between 124 and 1,000 IU of vitamin D per serving. Other fortified foods, including milk and some yogurt, orange juice, and breakfast cereal, provide between 80 – 140 IU.  
    • While whole foods are always the best way to incorporate nutrients into your diet, you may want to talk to your doctor about a supplement, especially if you don’t eat much fish or dairy.

    Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, so it can build up in the body. So you shouldn’t take too much. The upper limit is 4,000 IU a day, although some scientists feel that it could be as high as 10,000 IU daily. Given how hard it is to get, almost everyone could stand to include more vitamin D in their lives. Consider having a fortified cereal with milk and a hard-boiled egg for breakfast, taking a walk in the sunshine at midday, and making a dinner that includes tuna and mushrooms. You will be boosting your vitamin D and lending your immune system a hand to fight off any infection that comes its way.

    Kristin Irace, RD, is a registered dietitian at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.


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