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.


    Taking Action Against Cancer
    Administrator Account
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2020

    Taking Action Against Cancer

    Over the past several months, we have witnessed millions of people quickly change their habits to avoid COVID-19. We began wearing masks, keeping our distance, and washing our hands far more frequently. Together, we have saved millions of lives. In the same way, I would like to encourage broad, culture-transforming change in the fight against cancer.

    Cancer is the leading cause of death in Vermont and the second leading cause of death nationwide. While some of the risk factors for cancer—like genetic predisposition—are out of our control, we can apply our effort to reduce odds of getting cancer for ourselves and our neighbors. The positive changes we make are certain to make a positive impact on our overall health and the health of our communities.

    Here are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of cancer for yourself and your family:

    Avoid all tobacco products. The biggest risk for cancer is using tobacco, especially cigarettes and vaping. Smokers and other tobacco users can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to find a helpful program in their state. Quit partners can help you make a plan, provide access to tools, and give you free nicotine replacement. When you quit, the health of those around you is also improved. And you’ll reduce your risk of serious illness from COVID-19, COPD, and heart disease at the same time.

    Eat and exercise in ways that help maintain a healthy weight. Almost everyone can find ways to improve their eating and exercise habits. The most important thing is to start where you are and to take one small step in a positive direction. Once that change seems like second nature, try to improve another habit. Trading sugary drinks for water, putting vegetables on your pizza, or making time for a 10-minute morning workout may seem like small improvements, but they make a huge difference over time. If you fail, make the goal a little smaller and try again right away. With each success, you’ll gain confidence and make even more positive changes over time. And just like quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight reduces risk of serious illnesses like diabetes and COVID-19.

    Mitigate environmental risks. If you were careful to wear sunscreen, which can help avoid skin cancer; had your home checked for radon, which causes lung cancer; and followed the directions for chemicals and other hazardous materials closely, you would be most of the way to reducing your risk of cancer caused by environmental factors. One exposure to any one of these—sun, radon, or chemicals—won’t cause cancer, but repeated or long-term exposures drastically increase your risk. Information about radon, and access to a free test kit, can be found at

    Get Screened. Be sure to keep your annual checkup with your primary care provider. Ask about appropriate cancer screenings for someone your age and with your family history. You may need a colonoscopy, mammogram, papsmear, or prostate check. Depending on history and exposure, your doctor might recommend a lung cancer screening or a skin cancer check with a specialist. Completing these screenings as recommended can help catch cancer when it is most treatable. What would be a major ordeal a few years later turns out to be a small diversion in an otherwise very healthy life.

    Lend a Hand. If you feel good about your progress in each of these areas, you can work together with local groups to encourage community-wide cancer prevention.  Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer ( has many taskforces devoted to specific projects, including encouraging smoke-free environments.

    Just as you have taken action against COVID-19, you can change your life to avoid cancer. Encouraging your family and others in your community will help us all live longer and healthier lives.

    Carol Comar-Frost, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, is a family nurse practitioner who works with cancer patients at the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, which is part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.  


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