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.


    Summer Rashes
    Ashley Jowett
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2022

    Summer Rashes

    Our skin is our largest organ and the interface between us and the world. All of that exposure creates the potential for irritation and discomfort. In some cases, a visible rash will disappear on its own; while in other cases, a rash is an indication of a serious infection working from the inside out. Either way, your skin is trying to tell you something. Here’s my list of rashes that occur most frequently during the summer months and how to prevent and treat them.

    Heat Rash
    Sometimes heat rash comes with no symptoms, other than the rash itself. Other times, heat rashes can be itchy or prickling. This rash is caused by blocked sweat glands. It usually resolves on its own, once the skin cools down.

    Heat rash is most common among athletes working out in warm temperatures and occurs in the folds of the skin and where clothing rubs the skin. Babies are also susceptible to heat rash. It appears most often on their neck, shoulders, chest, and in skin folds. To prevent heat rash, wear loose breathable cotton clothing, sleep in cool and well-ventilated areas, work out during cooler times of day, and shower as soon as possible after workouts.

    Swimmer’s Itch
    Lakes and oceans sometimes host parasites that cause swimmer’s itch, a summer rash also known as cercarial dermatitis. The parasites usually live in sea birds and ducks and cannot live in humans. They die soon after infecting your skin and don’t cause any other symptoms.

    Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
    While coxsackie—also known as hand, foot, and mouth disease—is most common among kids, it can affect adults, as well. And just as the flu thrives in the winter, this virus loves the summer. It all starts with a fever. Then red splotches appear on the hands, feet, and in the mouth. The condition itself is not dangerous and usually resolves in a few weeks. Children with the condition sometimes don’t want to eat or drink, due to mouth pain, which puts them at risk of dehydration. Use acetaminophen as directed to relieve the fever and pain. Good and frequent handwashing is the best prevention.

    Contact Dermatitis
    The oil of many common plants—poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and poison parsnip—all cause a rash made up of tiny very itchy blisters. While the dermatitis resolves on its own within a few weeks, it can be very uncomfortable. Take care to protect your skin while working in the garden or woods. An over the counter steroid cream or calamine lotion can help reduce the itch. 

    Monkey Pox
    monkey pox isn’t associated with a specific time of year, it is making an appearance worldwide this summer. The first case in  Vermont appeared late last month, and more are certain to arise. Symptoms are flu-like (including fever, fatigue, and aches), swelling of the lymph nodes, and a rash on the face and body. They are mild in most cases, and most people with monkey pox do not require treatment.

    Contracting monkey pox requires contact with body fluids of an infected person, either directly or through shared bedding, clothing, or utensils. Close contact may allow monkey pox to spread via respiratory droplets. The best prevention is to avoid contact with those who are infected.

    Bullseye Rash
    Eyrthema Migrans is the bullseye rash associated with Lyme disease, which is caused by a bacteria transferred to humans and other animals through the bite of a brown-legged tick. Not all people with Lyme get the rash; but if you have a bullseye rash, you can be almost certain you have Lyme. See your doctor for treatment within a day or two, as advanced Lyme disease can be debilitating. The quicker you get treatment the easier it is to treat. And
    prevent tick bites, because you can be reinfected.

    This is a helpful reminder to listen to your skin. If you see or feel an abnormality, investigate it using these tips and, if necessary, your healthcare provider’s help. Together, you can restore your skin and your sense of comfort and wellbeing. 

    Nicholas Wild, MD, is a family medicine physician at SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, VT. The practice is part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Southwestern Vermont Health Care in Bennington. 


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