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.


    Your Kids’ Real Back-to-School Needs
    Ashley Jowett
    / Categories: WELLNESS, 2022

    Your Kids’ Real Back-to-School Needs

    Many local kids are headed back to school at the end of this month, which makes this a great time to think about what they need to be successful in the coming year. While they might want a new backpack or the cool brand of sneakers, there are other things that might make a greater impact in their health and success. Here are some top recommendations from the teams of clinical professionals at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

    Healthy Food
    “Fully fueled kids are happier and healthier,” says Registered Dietitian Rachel Rodney. She encourages families to think fresh. “Include fruits and vegetables at every meal.” According to the most recent recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, fruits and vegetables should make up half the plate! “Concentrate on foods with fewer ingredients and those that you easily recognize,” Rodney says. “Visit the library for cookbooks that include tasty and healthy options you can try.”

    A Full Water Bottle
    If you aren’t already a water-drinking family, it
    may be time to make the switch. “Beverages other than water contain a lot of extra sugar,” says Pediatrician Meghan Gunn, MD, of SVMC Pediatrics. “Even juice and sports drinks, which can seem healthy, contain a lot more sugar than most kids need.” If you don’t already have one, you can find reusable water bottles at thrift shops. You’ll save money and the environment when you fill it up, rather than buying a beverage.

    Encouragement to Move
    Movement and learning are closely associated among children and young adults. In fact,
    a 2020 study linked higher levels of physical activity to improved academic performance. “It doesn’t have to be specialized or complicated,” says Michael Fredette, DPT, CSCS, Cert. DN, a physical therapist in the Outpatient Rehabilitation department at SVMC. “Visits to the local playground, playing catch, shooting baskets, or going for an after-dinner walk are great opportunities for movement, exploration, and learning.” 

    Some Screen-Free Time
    “Screen-free time is so beneficial to children,” says Jennie Moon, a child development specialist and the director of Children’s Integrated Services Early Intervention in Bennington. Set aside screen-free time before school; for a while after school to read, draw, or do homework; and at mealtimes. “Children who spend time away from screens develop important skills through play and socialization.”

    “Just because the summer vacation ends doesn’t mean the sun takes a break,” says Lixia Ellis, PhD, MD, of SVMC Dermatology. “Apply an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen before your child leaves the house in the morning, even if it is cloudy.” The sunscreen will provide some protection during outdoor recess and reduce their lifetime risk of skin cancer.

    Their Recommended Vaccines
    “Vaccines are among the most important ways we protect our kids, families, and neighbors from contagious diseases,” says Gunn. “Talk to your child’s doctor about what immunizations they need, including the flu shot and the COVID vaccine.”

    While we can’t protect our kids from all of the challenges they face, we can prepare them and give them some of the important tools they need. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and safe school year filled with fun, learning, and new accomplishments.


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