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.


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.


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    Tips for prepping for your colonoscopy

    If you are 50 or older, you are likely hearing a lot about how important colorectal cancer screening is. Everything you are hearing is true. Screening saves lives. While there are several tests available, none is better than a colonoscopy, which actually screens for cancer and can help prevent it.

    Of course, there are a lot of things we’d rather do than get a colonoscopy. For many, the preparation—which usually involves drinking a hefty dose (think several liters) of not-so-tasty liquid—is the hardest part. This liquid-laxative combo—as unappetizing and disruptive as it is—is absolutely crucial for giving the doctor a clear view of your insides. And that’s what the test is all about.

    Apart from visualizing yourself living a long and healthy life and shouting things like “down the hatch,” there are a few helpful tips for getting through your prep.

    When you schedule
    There are a lot of different kinds of colonoscopy prep. Talk to your doctor about your concerns. For instance, if you are worried about drinking a lot of liquid, your doctor can recommend a lower-volume prep. Prescription preps are more costly, while over-the-counter ones are more affordable. They also come in a variety of flavors or no flavor at all.

    1 – 2 Weeks Before
    Arrange to take your prep day and the day of your colonoscopy off from work. Most people choose to be sedated, so you must arrange transportation to and from your colonoscopy. Read your prep instructions thoroughly, and call your doctor or nurse navigator with questions.

    Get the products referenced in your instructions as well as clear liquids, soft toilet paper and baby wipes, drinking straws, hard candies, fresh lemons, and baby diaper rash cream or ointment for anal skin irritation. Also, if you are using an unflavored variety of prep, you can add Crystal Light or Kool-Aid powder. Stick with lemon, lime, or orange flavors, as red and purple dyes can interfere with the test results.

    Think about what you will wear and how you will spend your prep day. Many people like loose-fitting clothing. You will need a bathroom close by, as bowel movements can come on suddenly when you are drinking your prep.

    This is a great time to start a new book, knit or crochet, watch a few movies, listen to podcasts, or read some magazines. Swing by your favorite book or yarn store and treat yourself! Whatever you choose to do, let it be something relaxing. 

    2 – 3 Days Before
    Limit fiber and eat smaller meals. Beans, nuts, whole grains, and raw fruits and vegetables are high in fiber and make it harder for the doctor to see colon polyps. You may be tempted to overeat as you anticipate hunger, but eating smaller meals will make emptying your bowels easier and more comfortable. Some even recommend that starting a soft or liquid diet earlier than necessary makes the whole process a lot easier.  

    Prep Day
    First thing, mix and chill your prep. If your doctor recommends a prep that can be split, or taken in two doses several hours apart, try different flavors for each. You can also chase the prep with another clear liquid or suck on a fresh lemon slice or hard candy to get rid of any aftertaste. Drinking your prep ice cold  and through a straw may be helpful. Some recommend applying ointment to the anus in advance of irritation as a preventive measure.

    If you have followed the instructions up to this point, you are very well prepared. Sit back. Relax. When it’s all over, you will be grateful that you took this important step for your health. You’ve done everything you can to detect and prevent colorectal cancer. If you’re like most people, you won’t have to do it again for 10 years.

    Laurie Reyes, RN, is a Colon Screening Navigator at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, in Bennington. This column was written as a part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s observance of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, which is celebrated each March. For answers to questions about colorectal cancer screening, call 802-447-5551.


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