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.


    Recognizing and Preventing RSV in Children
    Grace Weatherby
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2023

    Recognizing and Preventing RSV in Children

    If you have young children, then you have certainly seen your fair share of runny noses and sniffles. In most cases, symptoms come and go. In instances where respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)—and not a common cold virus—is at work, things can get serious rather quickly.

    In fact, among children under 5 years of age, RSV accounts for roughly 2.1 million outpatient visits, 58,000-80,000 hospitalizations, and 100-300 deaths in the United States each year.

    The challenge with RSV is that it often mimics a bad cold in toddlers and children. However, unlike a cold, RSV attacks the tiny airways of the lower respiratory system. The resulting inflammation and mucous production can make it difficult for infants and young children to breathe.

    So how do you tell if it’s RSV or just a cold? Unfortunately, RSV can only be diagnosed by a clinical lab test. Common symptoms that may point to RSV include: runny nose, decrease in appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever, and wheezing.

    Symptoms usually appear in stages over the course of five to ten days. In some cases, coughing may persist for several weeks. In the case of infants, the only symptoms may be irritability, decreased activity, and breathing difficulties.

    Symptoms that should raise a red flag for caregivers include:

    Breathing difficulties: Breathing faster than usual, using extra muscles to breathe, and flaring nostrils are all signs that a child is struggling for oxygen. If you see these symptoms, take your child directly to the emergency room.

    Signs of dehydration: If your child has fewer than one wet diaper every eight hours, cries without producing tears, appears irritable, or the soft spot on their head (the fontanelle) is depressed or sunken, they are suffering from dehydration. If your child displays any of these symptoms, contact their doctor for advice.

    Not eating: In infants and small children, RSV can cause severe congestion and makes it difficult to eat. In the case of infants, shorter than usual feedings and/or a lack of wet diapers is a good indicator that your child is not getting adequate nutrition. If you’re concerned your child isn’t getting enough nourishment, contact their doctor for advice.

    Gray or blue color to tongue, lips, or skin: Any bluish or grey discoloration of the skin suggests a child is not getting enough oxygen. If you notice any discoloration, head straight to the emergency room.

    Because infants are at a greater risk of severe RSV, caregivers are encouraged to have their child vaccinated against the virus. While relatively new, the vaccine nirsevimab (sold as Beyfortus) is endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Currently, the CDC recommends vaccines for babies up to 8 months old who were born during or entering their first respiratory syncytial virus season (early fall), as well as for infants between 8 and 19 months who are at increased risk of severe RSV disease.

    NOTE: SVMC will offer the RSV vaccine as soon as it becomes widely available. For updates on availability, contact your pediatrician’s office or look for news in a future issue of the Weekly Wellness Update.

    RSV tends to emerge between October and May with the bulk of infections happening  in January and February. If you have questions about RSV or the vaccine, speak to your child’s doctor.


    Meghan Gunn, MD, FAAP is the Medical Director of SVMC Pediatrics.


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