News from South Shore Health System

Coordinated Care Gets Rockland Boy Back in the Rink

Posted by South Shore Health System on Sep 25, 2017 9:01:00 AM

Ben Romer of Rockland has an athlete’s spirit. He loves hockey, playing for the Bay State Breakers  and loves cheering for the Boston Bruins.

In October 2015, Ben needed that athletic spirit after he suffered a severe bite by a family dog. Ben’s mom, Kristy, brought Ben to South Shore Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Department. As the team determined how to treat Ben’s bite, Kristy noticed her son was flushed. The team confirmed he had a fever and saw that his hand was swelling. The Trauma team paged John Kadzielski, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and Director of the Division of Hand Surgery at South Shore Hospital, who was on call that day.

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Topics: As One, Children's Health, Emergency Care, Specialty Care

Five Symptoms and Signs That May Signal Brain Tumors

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jul 6, 2017 4:01:00 PM

TV host and Massachusetts native Maria Menounos made headlines when she revealed she underwent surgery for a meningioma – a type of brain tumor – in June after caring for her mother, who is also battling brain cancer.

“I didn’t cry. I actually laughed,” Menounos told People magazine. “It’s so surreal and crazy and unbelievable that my mom has a brain tumor—and now I have one too?”

Jason Rahal, MD, a neurosurgeon with South Shore NeuroSpine, says while brain tumors, including meningiomas, are rare, meningiomas are more common in women of Menounos’ age. A meningioma is a tumor that originates from the tissue that envelops the surface of the brain, and can cause symptoms when it grows large enough to push on the brain, nerves, or spinal cord. 

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Topics: Specialty Care

Shining a Light on Skin Cancer (Infographic)

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 15, 2017 3:26:23 PM

Summer will officially be here in a few days, and with all the outside fun comes more exposed skin and more risk for skin cancer. Skin cancer occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. There are several different types of skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. While non-melanoma skin cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in US—more than 2 million people diagnosed each year—melanoma is more likely to invade nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body. 

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Topics: Family Medicine, Cancer, Specialty Care

Physician Spotlight: Healing Hands and Restoring Human Connection

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 14, 2017 10:01:53 AM

People use their hands to console a loved one in times of need, to create art and music, to communicate and to shake after closing a business deal. It’s those human interactions that got John Kadzielski, MD, into the field of hand surgery many years ago. Dr. Kadzielski is the Director of the Division of Hand Surgery and has practiced at South Shore Orthopedics in Hingham since 2012.

In our latest edition of Physician Spotlight, Dr. Kadzielski spent time with us to discuss his practice, why hand surgery is important to him and the expertise that can be found within his team at South Shore Hospital.

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Topics: As One, Specialty Care, People of South Shore Health

North Shore Resident Comes to South Shore Hospital for Hernia Expertise

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jun 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

June is Hernia Awareness Month 

Each year hernias affect millions of Americans, but experts believe that only a portion of those suffering will seek medical treatment of any kind. Unfortunately, without treatment, hernias can lead to other health problems.

While there is often no obvious cause as to why someone develops a hernia, they occur when organs bulge through the connective tissue which normally protects them and keeps them in place. The resulting bulge is known as a hernial sack, which includes layers of connective tissue along with the herniated organ.  

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Topics: As One, Specialty Care

Ten Signs It’s Time to See a Podiatrist

As the weather gets warmer, our feet and ankles are coming out of hibernation —but they may not exactly be ready for sandal season. The truth is that many people put off seeing the doctor about problems with their feet or ankles because they are unsure of where to go for treatment. Or, believe it or not, they think that continuous foot discomfort is normal. Trust me, it’s not normal to have constant foot pain.

If you have any issues that involve the foot and or ankle—a sports injury, arthritis/joint pain, skin problems, etc. —a visit to the podiatrist is your best bet. A podiatrist is a specialist who manages and treats almost all symptoms that involve the ankle and/or the foot.

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Topics: Specialty Care

Mother and Son Find Healing in Cardiac Rehabilitation Close to Home

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

On Saturday, June 10, The Friends of South Shore Health System host the 8th annual Set the Pace road race for heart health at DCR Wompatuck State Park in Hingham.

Over the years, money raised from this event has helped purchase numerous pieces of medical equipment for hundreds of cardiac patients on the South Shore. The Tobin Family of Weymouth knows first-hand the benefits of this fundraiser.

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Topics: Heart Health, Specialty Care

The Swollen Truth about Lymphedema

Before I personally became affected by its dreadful presence post-breast cancer treatment, I simply joined the rest of society’s collective yawn in not really concerning myself or knowing much about lymphedema at all. In fact, prior to diagnosis, I had no clue that March was Lymphedema Awareness Month.

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Topics: Cancer, Specialty Care

Courageous Boy Finds Strength and Hope in Pediatric Rehabilitation

Posted by South Shore Health System on Mar 7, 2017 1:32:02 PM


At first glance, Luke Creedon’s spirited personality and charisma make him appear like every other five-year-old boy. However, this sweet blue-eyed preschooler is one of 30 million people in the US struggling with a rare, genetic disease that has unfortunately made hospital stays and surgeries a regular occurrence for him.

While 30 million people sounds like a startling statistic—collectively larger than AIDS and cancer communities combined—the range of 7,000+ known rare genetic diseases have relatively small patient populations, making knowledge and treatment much more difficult.

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Topics: Specialty Care

How to Recognize and Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

The depths of winter can be a tough time of year for many people. The weather is cold and daylight is hard to come by. Many of us are inclined to hide inside under a blanket until spring arrives. So how do you know if these feelings are more serious than just the “winter blues?”

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a mood disorder that affects individuals around the same time each year. Symptoms typically start in the late fall and early winter and go away during the spring and summer months. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, in a given year, about 5 percent of the US population experiences seasonal affective disorder.

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Topics: Specialty Care