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

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    The Latest in COVID-19 Therapies
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    The Latest in COVID-19 Therapies

    While hopes for an effective COVID-19 vaccine tops doctors’ and nurses’ wish lists, scientists are also working hard to conceptualize and test new treatments for the disease.

    As we have heard, current treatments for COVID-19 are scarce. The first and most common treatment is “supportive therapy.” The aim of supportive therapy is to relieve symptoms and help the patient endure the disease with the hope that they will be able to fight the illness themselves. Doctors ensure patients have plenty of fluids, watch patients’ blood pressure, keep fevers down, and treat cough. If symptoms worsen, they can help people breathe by providing extra oxygen, sometimes by mechanical means.

    The good news is that there are 2,251 COVID-19 observational studies and clinical trials listed at Here’s a quick review of the most promising ones:

    More than 100 scientist groups are studying whether giving an ill person a transfusion of plasma, a part of the blood, from someone who has recovered from COVID-19 will help the sick person recover. It’s called convalescent plasma transfusion, and it was given emergency use approval in March.

    This type of treatment has an almost 100-year history for helping to treat diseases like rabies, hepatitis B, polio, measles, and influenza. Small studies confirmed that convalescent plasma helped clear the MERS and SARS viruses safely and more quickly, especially when given early in the disease course. This is promising, because MERS and SARS are very similar in shape and behavior to COVID-19. More than 7,000 units of convalescent plasma have been given to 5,000 patients in the United States.

    In early May, the Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of the antiviral drug remdesivir. Thirty-five scientist groups are trialing the drug, which is designed to block an enzyme the virus needs to replicate. Preliminary results of a clinical trial showed that patients who received remdesivir recovered in 11 days, as opposed to 15 days.

    Even with positive early results, the drug is a still a long way from approval. It is reserved for only those with severe illness; however, it may have more usefulness in patients who are not yet severely ill or on a ventilator. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is one of the largest sites doing remdesivir research. Patients from SVMC have been transferred and have entered these studies at Dartmouth when appropriate. Vermont has recently been allocated treatment courses of remdisivir, and SVMC expects to receive some to use in our own patients if they fulfill clinical criteria.

    At, you may recognize names like chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which are associated with 75 of the studies.  In nearly all of these studies, these two drugs have been either harmful or showed no advantage over placebo. Their use for COVID-19 has been curtailed or stopped in nearly all U.S. medical facilities as well as those around the world.  

    Several newer agents, which are under study, are drugs that you have likely never heard of: Duvelisb, Infliximab, Desferal, Dornase Alpha, and Favipiavir. Whether any of these will become a household name famous for defeating COVID-19 is still a long way from certain.

    Phase Number of People Objective
    Zero 10 - 15

    Learn how a drug is processed and how it affects the body

    I 15 – 30

    Evaluate drug safety, often by giving different dosages. This ideally finds dose or dose range that has the therapeutic effect with the fewest side effects.

    II 40 – 90

    Determine if the drug works and in what combination, assess safety 

    III 100 or more

    Compare drug to those currently accepted as the standard of care. Needed before approval by the FDA.

    IV Hundreds or thousands

    Discover rare side effects and learn more about how well the drug works and whether it’s helpful when used in combination with other treatments.

    One set of scientists from the University of Texas in collaboration with a Belgian research team is looking into llama (yes, the South American pack animal) antibodies, which are already a quarter of the size of those found in humans. Known as “nanobodies,” they latch onto the spikey proteins on the outside of corona viruses and prevent them from entering human cells, a necessary step in replicating themselves and making us sick.

    Initially, the nanobodies fused to the coronavirus and then unfused quickly. The scientist engineered the microbes to stick harder, which worked to keep the virus from entering cells during laboratory experiments. It is one of the first antibodies known to neutralize the novel coronavirus. Maybe one day, llamas’ specialized antibodies will be infused into those who are sick or as a preventive measure in those who are at high risk. 

    While we are still a long way from finding a surefire hospital or home treatment, it is reassuring that principal investigators and research teams are working hard to discover new treatments at hospitals and universities around the world.  Until then, it is as important to use the tried and true methods for preventing COVID-19, including handwashing, distancing, and masking.

    Marie George, MD, is the infectious disease specialist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.


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