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.


    Sun Safety for Kids
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    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2020

    Sun Safety for Kids

    Summer is a time for celebration, exploration, and fun, especially for kids. As a pediatrician, I am interested in encouraging kids to have the experiences that help them grow while also ensuring their safety. Sunburns are a major summer “fun stopper” and a serious health threat, both in the moment and long term. 

    Sunburns can happen in as little as 15 minutes, especially for kids who have light skin. And bright light  makes it difficult to tell when a sunburn is happening. You might not notice it for hours, after it’s already too late to prevent it.

    Over time, repeated sunburns can lead to skin cancer. And severe sunburns, especially in kids, can require emergency care. If the sunburn causes blisters or facial swelling, covers a large area, or results in fever, chills, headache, confusion, dehydration, or a feeling of faintness, get help right away.

    As always, prevention is best. There are three main ways to prevent sunburns from happening.

    First, plan your day. If you can, plan to avoid direct sun exposure by playing in the shade, for instance, at peak sun times, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the summer. Avoiding sun exposure is the best way to avoid a sunburn.

    Next, use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. There isn’t much proven benefit to using sunscreens above 60 SPF, so anything over that offers basically the same protection as SPF 60. You want one that provides protection from both types of UV rays, UVA, which age skin, and UVB, which burns it. Most commercially available varieties do protect from both types. Some sunscreens are made not to sting if some sunscreen accidentally gets in your child’s (or your) eyes. These formulas are especially good for kids.

    If you plan to be outside on a sunny day, try applying the sunscreen before your kids get dressed. This will avoid sunburns at the border of their clothing, in the gap between clothes and sunscreen. This also helps meet the need to apply 15 – 30 minutes before sun exposure. (What 5 year old can wait until their sunscreen dries when the beach is right there?) 

    Wear protective clothing. We all know that wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses look adorable on our young kids. They are also important for sun protection. You will also notice more “sun smart” clothing, lightweight long-sleeved shirts and even pants that block the sun, available in stores. These are great for all kids, especially those who don’t like to sit still to get their sunscreen on.

    Remember, sunscreen wears off! Give it a boost 30 minutes after sun exposure begins and again after your kid has been swimming or sweating.

    If your child gets a sunburn, get them out of the sun right away. Have them take a cool shower or bath or use a cool washcloth. Give extra liquids for 2 – 3 days, and use moisturizing creams, like aloe gel, to provide comfort. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be given, as directed, to relieve pain if needed.  Perhaps most importantly, make sure the burned areas are covered with clothing when going outside, until the skin heals.

    With the right preparation, you can help your child prevent most sunburns. Your efforts will be rewarded with many fun-filled summer days while avoiding both short-term discomfort and potentially serious medical consequences.

    Ebrahim Ghazali, MD, is a pediatrician at SVMC Pediatrics.


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