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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National Osteoporosis Foundation

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine

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.


    Vaping: The Hidden Danger in Plain Sight
    Ashley Jowett
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2022

    Vaping: The Hidden Danger in Plain Sight

    These days, it’s hard to go anywhere without encountering someone using a vaping device.

    Often called “e-cigs,” “jules,” “vapes,” “vape pens,” or “ENDS” (electronic nicotine delivery systems), these battery-operated devices deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals in the form of an aerosol that users inhale.

    While vaping devices may look harmless—some are even designed to look like everyday objects, including pens, USB drives, watches, and markers—the risk they pose is very real and especially dangerous for youth.

    Danger in disguise
    According to Dare Chammings, director of the Alliance for Community Transformations (ACT) in Bennington, “Vape products are very deceiving. Teens get drawn in by the cool factor of vape tech, and vape juice comes in flavors including cotton candy, cake, and fruit. But what we’ve found is that over 50 percent of teens don’t realize that e-cigarettes contain nicotine.”

    Given this lack of understanding, Chammings says, “It’s important for parents and other caring adults to lean on local prevention programs, school counselors, and even online resources to educate themselves and, in turn, their teen.”

    Vape facts
    While vaping isn’t good at any age, it poses a particular risk for teens with developing brains. Research shows that when added to a developing brain, nicotine can reduce impulse control, contribute to mood disorders, and negatively affect attention, planning, and decision-making abilities. It also impacts the heart by increasing blood pressure and causing palpitations and sweating.

    In addition, aerosol found in vape products contains potentially harmful chemicals. These include flavoring like diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds like benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals like nickel, tin, and lead, all of which are drawn into the lungs when using a vape.

    Not surprisingly, vape-related injuries are common. In some cases, users develop permanent scarring of tiny air sacs in the lungs—called “popcorn lung”—an irreversible condition that leads to frequent coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

    Talking to your teen about vaping
    While conversations with teens often include eye rolling and sighing, the truth is they do listen to and care about what their parents think.

    “The most important thing,” says Alice Abraham of the Collaborative, based in Londonderry and serving Bennington County, is to have the conversation. There are a lot of misperceptions out there about vaping. Talking to your kids is the best way to ensure they know the facts.”

    Abraham suggests parents keep conversations casual. She says, “Seize everyday moments, like car rides to music lessons or sports practices. Ask open-ended questions and listen carefully before responding. Ask what they think is in the vaping devices. A lot of teens are under the impression that vaping is an appetite suppressant and can boost their mood and energy levels. Neither is true.”

    She encourages caring adults to share facts that might get kids to think twice about vaping. “Try pointing out that big tobacco is targeting them with flavors. Or, that many of the devices are high in poisonous metals that can harm their developing brains. You want them to appreciate that vaping does actual harm to their bodies and that harm may be permanent.”

    Abraham also notes that talking about vaping is isn’t a one-and-done kind of thing. “The devices and marketing keep evolving. When you see a window to naturally bring up the topic, you should seize it.”

    The following organizations offer information and advice that can help parents navigate talking to teens about vaping and offer help for quitting.

    802Quits Support and Classes |
    FreshStart Online Workshop | Confidential Texting with an Online Coach Age Specific Information

    Alliance for Community Transformations (ACT)

    Deerfield Valley Community Partnership

    Londonderry (covering Bennington County)
    The Collaborative


    North Adams
    Northern Berkshire Community Coalition


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