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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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.


    Pregnancy and Delivery During COVID-19
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    Pregnancy and Delivery During COVID-19

    Among the long list of things we don’t know about the coronavirus is exactly how it affects pregnant people and their babies. One of the first studies on the topic suggests pregnant people are more vulnerable to severe COVID-19 illness than non-pregnant people. While pregnant peoples’ risk of needing hospital care for COVID-19 may be increased, the risk of death appears no higher for pregnant women with COVID-19 than for non-pregnant women with COVID-19. 

    As more studies are conducted, extreme caution is advised. Here’s a step-by-step guide to what we know so far and what pregnant families should do to protect themselves.

    Take every precaution. During this stage in our understanding of COVID-19 and how it affects pregnant women, it is wise to take greater care than you may if you were not pregnant. Remaining 6 feet from others, wearing a mask while in public, and washing and sanitizing hands frequently are indispensable steps in protecting yourself. Avoid travel and events, especially indoors. Limit trips outside the home to only those that are truly necessary, like for getting groceries and picking up prescriptions.

    Keep your prenatal appointments. Prenatal appointments are an important part of your care. Not only do we monitor your health and the health of your baby, we ensure you have the important vaccines and help you manage your overall health, including encouraging healthy meals, exercise, sleep, and discontinued use of alcohol and drugs, including tobacco and marijuana. We also check in on your mental well-being and connect you with help for feelings of depression, anxiety, or hopelessness.

    With our strict cleaning regimen, virtual waiting room, and fully masked staff, your risk of contracting COVID-19 in our office is extremely slim.

    If you think you have COVID, get help right away. A fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should be addressed immediately with a COVID-19 test, which you can obtain through your OB/GYN or primary care office. For all emergencies, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Emergency Department.

    When the time comes. For most families, very little about the actual labor and delivery will change, as compared to those before COVID-19. The main difference is that the entire staff will be masked. All staff members also wear face shields while providing care to you. Care partners should also be masked at all times, and mothers should be masked, except during delivery.

    Visitors, other than your care partner or co-parent, are restricted entirely at this time. In fact, all visitors should quarantine for 14 days (or seven days with a negative COVID test) before visiting you after you return home.

    Avoiding passing infection to your baby. At this point, it seems rare that a baby would become infected with COVID-19 in utero. Some babies have tested positive shortly after birth, but it is unknown if they contracted COVID-19 before or after birth. Newborns with COVID-19 can experience serious illness.

    If you happen to be COVID positive at the time of delivery, you have some important decisions to make. You can stay with your baby, much as you would if you were COVID negative. We would advise you to wear a mask when within 6 feet of your infant, including while breastfeeding. Careful handwashing and disinfecting are also recommended.

    As difficult as it is, you can choose to separate from your baby temporarily to protect him or her from contracting the virus. In this case, we recommend pumping breast milk, which a healthy person can feed to your baby. A hybrid approach, separating while still in the same room, is also an option.

    While we are still learning about breastfeeding and COVID-19, it appears as if passing COVID-19 through breastmilk is rare. The benefits of breastfeeding for most moms and babies, including custom-formulated nutrients and immune-boosting properties, appear to outweigh the very small potential risk.

    While navigating pregnancy, labor, and delivery during a pandemic is certainly more complicated than in the pandemic-free pregnancies of the past, as your care providers, we are with you every step of the way. We are here to provide answers to your questions, important resources, and support.

    Kimberley Sampson, MD, is an OB/GYN physician at SVMC OB/GYN. She is board certified in both OB/GYN and obesity medicine. 


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