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.


    Safe Sleep for Baby
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    Safe Sleep for Baby

    The only thing new parents value more than a good night’s sleep is the safety of their child. Even so, every year 3,600 babies in the U.S.—including four to six infants in Vermont—die as a result of being put to sleep in an unsafe sleep environment or situation.

    To help parents keep their little ones safe, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages them to first remember the “ABCs of safe sleep.” That is, babies should always sleep Alone, on their Back, in a Crib or bassinet.

    While sharing a bed has appeal (especially when it comes to late night feedings), the reality is that sharing an adult bed is dangerous. Babies can be injured by tossing and turning parents or even fall off the bed. In addition, pillows and blankets could accidentally shift and smother your child. If proximity is important to you, place your baby’s bassinet or crib next to your bed for easy access and attention.

    Always position your baby on their back. A baby—especially a newborn—placed on its side or stomach simply isn’t strong enough to reposition itself if something blocks its airway. Even once your child has learned to roll on their side or stomach by themselves, you should still position them on their back to go to sleep. If they reposition themselves during slumber, you do not need to move them onto their back provided the crib area is clear.

    Beyond the ABCs, there are other things parents can do to create the safest sleep environment possible. They include:

    Skip the blanket and pillows As soft and snuggly as they might be, blankets and pillows pose a suffocation risk. If the goal is to keep baby warm, consider using a swaddle or sleep sack over pajamas. These options will not come loose and inadvertently cover your baby’s face or obstruct breathing.

    Pass on the plush Plush crib bumpers and stuffed animals pose the same suffocation hazard as blankets and pillows. In addition to often being dangerous and often expensive, crib bumpers are unnecessary on any crib that conforms to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (slat spacing less than 2-3/8”). As for stuffed friends, they should be saved for out-of-crib playtime.

    Keep it firm and flat While the time spent in car seats, swings, strollers, and bouncy seats often morph in to naptimes, babies should not routinely sleep in them for extended periods of time. The bucket-seat construction of some of these products makes it easy for a baby’s head to fall forward and cut off their airway. Instead, always put your baby to sleep on a firm, flat surface. If they should fall asleep in a car seat or swing, gently lift them out and move them to a safer surface to continue their slumber. 

    Say “yes” to soothers Binky, nukker, paci, or something else—no matter what you call it, pacifiers are a good choice for soothing a tired baby at bed or naptime. Not only do they provide comfort, they actually help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However, if you are breastfeeding, wait until a solid feeding routine is established before introducing a pacifier. And don’t worry about replacing a pacifier if it falls out while your child is sleeping. They’re asleep. Best leave them that way.

    Say “no” to couches and armchairs Sleeping on couches and armchairs places infants at an extraordinarily high risk of infant death, including SIDS, suffocation through entrapment, or wedging between seat cushions, or overlay, if another person is also sharing this surface.  Evidence suggests that it is safer to fall asleep with the infant in an adult bed, rather than on a sofa or armchair, should the you fall asleep.  if you fall asleep while feeding the infant in bed, the infant should be placed back on a separate sleep surface as soon as you awaken. 

    For more information and to view videos related to safe sleep, visit

    Dr. Jaclyn Lozier is a pediatrician at SVMC Pediatrics.


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