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: (802) 447-1686

Monday – Friday:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For directions to SVMC Orthopedics, click here.


    Vermont’s Recipe for Fighting Caution Fatigue
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    Vermont’s Recipe for Fighting Caution Fatigue

    Up until recently, isolated states with small populations—like Vermont, Hawaii, and Alaska—had been spared the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. As we enter into the seventh month of the pandemic, even some of those recording low numbers of cases in the past are beginning to experience large increases. On August 31, for instance, Hawaii had 133 new cases, and Alaska had 37. Meanwhile, Vermont’s cases have remained very low, just 8 on August 31. How is this possible?

    In July, Bill McKibben published a column in the New Yorker, in which he took a guess at Vermont’s long-standing success in managing the coronavirus. He noted that we are a healthy state to start with and benefit from strong statewide leadership. More than that, though, he noted, that we may benefit from how well we know and trust our neighbors. While these were intuitive remarks by McKibben, when we break them down, we see what seems like a well-constructed plan to avoid caution fatigue.

    Caution fatigue arises when we are no longer vigilant about taking precautions, whether it is because we are tired of them, or we think they may no longer be needed, because no one around us has had COVID-19. Sometimes it feels like we are being bombarded by decisions we didn’t have to make in the past: whether to accept a playdate, to speak up about a potentially risky work situation, or convincing children to wear a mask. As time goes on, it is harder to choose well. Our perception of the risk is skewed. We begin to make decisions based on our old habits, which are easier, rather than based on recommendations to keep us safe. In other states, caution fatigue may be hitting an all-time high. Vermont’s unique characteristics may help mitigate it.

    Vermont has ranked as the healthiest state in the nation by United Health Foundation’s America’s Heath Rankings. One might think that this alone might protect us from contracting COVID. While this may be the case, the healthy routines required to earn the healthiest-state status will also help combat caution fatigue.

    Health experts at UCLA recommend taking care of your body as the top tip for reducing caution fatigue. At least 7 hours of sleep, a regular diet of nutritious meals, and daily exercise not only strengthen the immune system: they provide a full tank of energy to make good decisions. Vermonters may find that they have the mental stamina to choose wisely, whether that’s to wear their mask or to cook at home, rather than going out. The ability to make good choices, multiplied many times over, may relate to fewer cases.

    According to USA Today, strong leadership and streamlined policies can also help. Kathleen Vohs, a professor at the University of Minnesota who studies self-control, was quoted as having said, "The more that requirements are in place, such as mask mandates, the less it’s a personal choice about what to do. And it makes it easier to make other, related decisions. You don’t have to agonize about whether it’s safe to go to the grocery store when you know that others will have masks on." When many Vermont towns issued mask mandates, for instance, they may have freed mental space for their constituents to make good choices about the other risks they were encountering. 

    The caring relationships among neighbors that McKibben notes in his article have shown throughout the pandemic. We have seen people sew and donate masks to strangers, provide meals for healthcare workers, and write wonderful notes of encouragement.

    Carisa Parrish, MA, PhD, of John’s Hopkins Medicine, listed “make a commitment” as her top tip for dealing with caution fatigue. “You want to do the right thing to keep yourself and others safe, even if that means a slight inconvenience,” she elaborated. Vermont’s innate “neighborliness” may inspire us to take greater action to protect each other, which could work to decrease cases overall.

    While we are grateful that Vermont’s unique characteristics seem to make it a poor environment for COVID-19, we should be careful not to let up. We must continue to take good care of ourselves, praise the good and important work being done by our leaders, and continue to look out for each other. These qualities may have gotten us this far and continue to help us fight caution fatigue. Doing so may keep us strong and see us through.

    Rachel Darby, PMHNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner at United Counseling Service in Bennington.


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