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.


    Preparing Your Home After Surgery
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    Preparing Your Home After Surgery

    For many people, getting ready for surgery is so all-consuming that they forget to consider what happens AFTER surgery. One of the keys to a ensuring a successful recovery is setting your home up in advance of surgery to be a safe and healthy space for you to live.

    Here are a few tips for preparing your living space.

    1. Know your limitations: A week or more before your surgery, ask your doctor what you will and won’t be able to do upon your return home. Ask if you’ll be able to walk on your own or will require crutches or a walker. Ask if you’ll be able to raise your arms or lift things. Knowing what you can and can’t do will allow you to adjust your living space to accommodate your limitations.
    2. Create safe pathways: Regardless of whether you need a walker or crutches post-surgery, you want to make sure the pathways between your living areas, bedroom, kitchen and bathrooms are clear and well lit. If there are area rugs, remove them for the duration of your recovery to avoid slipping.
    3. Dress for comfort and safety: Before you head to the hospital for surgery, make sure you have comfortable, easy-to-wear clothing waiting for you when you get home. Loose fitting clothes without zippers and buttons are ideal. Make sure whatever you’re wearing is not too long to avoid tripping. Also, wear flat shoes or slipper with non-skid soles.
    4. Stock your pantry and prep your kitchen: Speak to your doctor about any dietary restrictions post-surgery. Make sure you’re well-stocked with healthy and approved food options. If you will have limits on reaching, lifting or bending, place regularly used items (i.e. plates, glasses, pots and pans, coffee maker, etc.) on the counter where you can easily access them
    5. Aim for first-floor living: If you know stairs will be off-limits and your bedroom is on the second floor, set up alternate sleeping arrangements on the entry level. If you can, have friends or family move your bed downstairs or rent a hospital bed. If your bathroom is also on the second floor, set up a portable commode in accessible space near your bed.
    6. Set up your bathroom for safety: Depending upon your surgery, you may need to make a few adjustments in your bathroom. Consider installing an elevated toilet seat and grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub or shower. Place non-slip mats in the tub and on the floor to prevent slips. If you doctor recommends it, a bath or shower chair with non-skid tips may be required. Make sure soaps and shampoos are placed within easy reach.
    7. Keep essentials within reach: Whether you’re in bed or resting on the couch, make sure you have access to the things you use most. Your glasses, telephone, remotes, even medication should be within reach. A small basket with a handle is ideal for keeping things organized and portable.
    8. Love your fur-friends from afar: While pets are considered man (and woman’s) best friend, if they get underfoot during your recovery, they’re not doing you any favors. If possible, try to re-house them with a friend or nearby kennel.

    Setting up your home in advance will make life during recovery easier and safer. If you need help making any of the suggested adjustments, ask your doctor or physical therapist about available resources and services.

    Graham Moore, MD, is a surgeon at SVMC General Surgery.


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