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.


    Tips for Reducing Your Risk of Tick-Borne Diseases
    Grace Weatherby
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2023

    Tips for Reducing Your Risk of Tick-Borne Diseases

    From taking in the foliage to soaking up the warmth of the sun before winter hits, fall is prime time for outdoor adventure in New England. It’s also prime time for ticks.

    Thanks to last year’s mild winter and the hot, wet spring and summer seasons, the tick population in our region is thriving. That means anyone who spends time outdoors—especially in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas—is likely to be in close contact with ticks. 

    Beyond the sheer nuisance of dealing with them, ticks pose a very real risk of contracting tick-borne illnesses including Lyme disease and babesiosis.

    At this point in time, most people are familiar with the telltale bullseye rash that sometimes develops with Lyme disease as well as the lingering symptoms including sore joints, severe headache, neck stiffness, and shortness of breath. But not everyone knows about the increasingly common co-infection, babesiosis.

    The disease, which for decades was extremely rare in the United States, is now considered endemic (regularly occurring) in the northeast. While many people with babesiosis develop no symptoms, others develop flu-like symptoms, including fevers, chills, sweats and muscle aches. In some cases, babesiosis can lead to organ failure and even death in people who have compromised immune systems or other risk factors.

    While there’s no vaccine for Lyme or babesiosis, you can reduce your risk of contracting both diseases by taking a few precautions when spending time outdoors.

    Whenever possible:

    • Walk on cleared trails and stay in the center of the trail, to minimize contact with leaf litter, brush, and overgrown grasses, where ticks are most likely to be found.
    • Minimize skin exposure by wearing socks, long pants (tucked into your socks), and a long-sleeved shirt.
      • TIP: Wearing light-colored clothing makes it easier to spot and remove ticks before they attach to your body.
    • Apply repellents to skin and clothing. Follow the instructions on the product label.
      • Products that contain DEET (N,N-diethylmetatoluamide) can be directly applied to exposed skin and to clothing, to repel ticks. Read and follow the label instructions regarding how, where, and how often to apply the repellent.
      • Permethrin products, which are applied to clothing and footwear (NEVER to skin), kill ticks that come in contact with treated surfaces. Once applied, it can remain effective for several washings. 
    • Perform tick checks promptly after finishing activities outdoors—ideally before heading indoors.

    If you spot a tick—remember they can be as small as a poppy seed—remove it from your body, clothes, and pets.

    Once inside, conduct a full-body exam for ticks. If you’re alone, use a mirror to view all parts of the body. Be sure to check behind the knees, under arms, along your hairline and in your hair, around your waist-band area, as well as between your thighs and groin area.   

    If you find a tick that’s attached, remove it immediately. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grab the tick at its mouth (closest to the skin), and slowly and steadily pull the tick straight out.

    If you’ve found the tick immediately after coming indoors, there’s no need to panic.

    Once the tick is removed, thoroughly wash your hands, and clean the bite area with soap and water, antiseptic, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

    If the tick is engorged or was attached to your body for more than 36 hours, contact your doctor for next steps.

    Even if the tick was not attached for 36+ hours, watch for symptoms of tick-borne illness over the next several weeks. If you have any flu-like symptoms or a rash in the bite area, contact your doctor.


    James Poole, MD, is a Hospitalist and Director of SVMC Inpatient Services.


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