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.


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Phone: (802) 442-6314
Fax: (844) 526-1901

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    Seven Questions with Same-Day Joint Surgery Patient Kevin Dailey
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    Seven Questions with Same-Day Joint Surgery Patient Kevin Dailey

    Kevin Dailey, vice president of administration and chief human resources officer at Southwestern Vermont Health Care, was among the first patients to receive a same day joint replacement with SVMC Orthopedics. He shared his experience in a recent interview.

    1. SVMC: When did you know that you needed surgery on your knee?   
    KD: I had three knee surgeries at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston 48 years ago, and I knew that I would eventually need total knee replacement. Since those surgeries, I have not been able to kneel, squat, or crawl and I adapted to experiencing pain under some circumstances. In January 2019, I slipped and fell on some ice, fractured my tibial plateau, and spent 8 weeks in a wheelchair. Although I fully recovered from the fracture, I experienced a new, ongoing pain as a consequence of the fall. By January 2020, the pain interfered with my daily activities to the point that I could no longer delay the inevitable knee replacement procedure. 

    2. SVMC: How did you decide on SVMC Orthopedics and Dr. Schneiderbauer?
    Prior to joining SVMC, I planned, for decades, to have the joint replacement surgery in Boston. However, while working within SVMC and seeing first-hand the level of patient care provided by the clinical and service staffs, I began to consider having the procedure here. I reviewed our orthopedic teams’ credentials and qualifications and spoke with a number of folks within our organization. I was impressed with what I learned about the entire orthopedic team, including Dr. Schneiderbauer, so I made an appointment with her to discuss my circumstances.

    3. SVMC: What was your first appointment with her like?   
    Very positive. She empathetically listened to my concerns, articulated my knee to assess the status, and carefully outlined her opinions on options available for me to consider. After further discussion, we decided to schedule the joint replacement surgery.

    4. SVMC: How did it feel to learn that you could go home the same day?
    After reviewing my situation, Dr. Schneiderbauer said that we could consider a same-day release, depending on how I came through the surgery and whether I could complete the required post-op activities. The surgery ended at 10 a.m., I recovered from the anesthesia by 11:30 a.m., and Dr. Schneiderbauer arranged for a physical therapy visit at noon. I was able to demonstrate that I could walk around safely, using a walker. After the PT visit, Dr. Schneiderbauer approved my discharge, and my wife picked me up at 1 p.m. I was delighted to be on my way home the same day.

    5. SVMC: How has your recovery been?  
    KD: In my opinion, very successful. No complications. I was advised it would be 6 weeks before I could gradually return to work. I was able to return on a limited basis after only 2 weeks and was full-time by 6 weeks.

    6. SVMC: What can you do now that you couldn’t do before?  
    The chronic pain I adapted to over many years is now gone. I also have considerably better flexibility than before the surgery. 

    7. SVMC: How would you direct a friend or family member who was suffering with joint pain?  
    KD: Many of my friends and family were surprised to hear I opted to have it at SVMC. I have told them that I genuinely believe that the orthopedics, nursing, and support personnel at SVMC are as qualified here as anywhere else. Almost without exception, people have been impressed with the speed of my recovery and even more impressed that I was discharged on the day of the procedure.

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