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.

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: (844) 526-1901

Monday – Friday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For directions to SVMC Orthopedics, click here.


    Top 5 Questions from COVID-19 Testing
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    Top 5 Questions from COVID-19 Testing

    Last week, my colleagues and I collected more than 1,000 specimens for COVID-19 testing at a drive-up testing site at Riley Rink in Manchester. While it was difficult to see so many people distressed about their health, it was wonderful to provide the care they needed in as quickly and easily as we could.

    We are grateful that the majority of the specimens we collected have tested negative. At the same time, we understand that this is no time to let our guard down. As time goes by, we expect to have more reports of concerns for positive tests and to need to conduct more vast testing operations like the one we did in Manchester.

    From the people getting tested, we heard many of the same questions again and again. We thought it might be useful to share them, and their answers, here.

    Is it going to hurt? Let’s be honest. It is not fun to have a specimen collected.  To collect the sample, the swab is inserted in the nostril and gently moved forward into the nasopharynx, a region of the pharynx that covers the roof of the mouth. The swab is then rotated for approximately 10 seconds, then the swab is removed. The expected reaction is that the patients’ eyes will water. Sometimes people sneeze. Some comment on having felt a burning sensation. Collecting the specimen in this manner is necessary for getting a specimen that will test accurately.

    Will I throw up? Probably not. While we are working in the same general neighborhood as the area that can trigger a gag reflex, we don’t usually hit it, and patients don’t typically throw up.

    What do you mean I have to go home? Many people were surprised when we asked them to return home and quarantine until their results were delivered. The recommendation is based on the idea that most people being tested were doing so because they suspected that they had had at least one exposure to someone with COVID.

    As soon as you believe you have been exposed, we hope that you will quarantine for 7 days, get tested, and quarantine again until the results are known. Apart from preventing exposures—including masking, distancing, and handwashing—quarantining upon expected exposure is our best defense against the spread of COVID.

    How do I get my results?
    Results of PCR tests can take 24 – 96 hours. When you consider the test actually detects and amplifies DNA, even 96 hours seems tremendously fast. How you get your results depends on where you were tested and sometimes under what circumstances. Regardless, if your test comes back positive, you will get a call from a contact tracer. SVHC patients can sign up for the patient portal, which offers the quickest access to results for all sorts of hospital-related tests.

    How long before I can socialize with friends and family?
    If your results are negative, you can resume safe, socially distanced activities with people outside your household. Remember outdoor social situations are best. Wear your mask and stay 6 feet from people outside your household. Wash your hands before and after touching common objects. If your result is positive, you need to isolate.

    Questions like these and others are among the most crucial aspects of delivering high-quality care. Knowing what your questions are is valuable to us as clinicians, and knowing the answers is often crucial to your health and wellbeing.  If you have a question while being tested for COVID, attending any other medical appointment, or undergoing any other medical procedure, I encourage you to ask. If you don’t get an answer you understand, please continue to ask and advocate for your concerns. It’s our responsibility to leave you feeling confident in the information you have received.

    Laur Grande, MSN, RN, is the nursing director of Medical/Surgical Services and COIVD Testing Unit at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and was among the clinical staff testing patients at SVMC’s pop-up testing site.


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