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The Center for Wound Healing Gets Pembroke Woman Back on Her Feet

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jan 22, 2018 8:31:00 AM

Mildred McGaffigan of Pembroke was preparing for a busy weekend on a Thursday afternoon in July 2016. She planned to register for an art class when her husband was back with their car. She had a cribbage tournament on Saturday, and planned to play bocce on Sunday. But she was most focused on the garden party she was hosting the next day.

After tidying up her garden, Mildred was rushing back into her garage when she missed a small step. She thought her shin had just grazed the door frame as she fell. 

"It was true carelessness on my part," Mildred says.

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Topics: As One, Specialty Care

Six Tips for Managing COPD

Posted by Karin Sloan, MD, Pulmonologist, South Shore Health System on Nov 20, 2017 8:49:00 AM

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe.  It is caused by damage to the lungs over many years, most commonly from smoking. The disease affects more than 30 million Americans. Symptoms of the disease include shortness of breath that gets worse with activity and a chronic cough. COPD is diagnosed by a breathing test. 

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Topics: Heart Health, Specialty Care

Diabetes and Sleep Apnea: A Dangerous Duo

Posted by South Shore Health System on Nov 14, 2017 3:58:06 PM

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) calls insufficient sleep a public health epidemic. While a huge portion of this mass sleeplessness can be blamed on society’s 24/7 pace, you can also blame these sleep-deprived nights on a disorder known as sleep apnea.

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Topics: Specialty Care

Q&A with Dr. Gary Gibbons, Wound Care Expert

Posted by South Shore Health System on Nov 8, 2017 9:00:49 AM

Chronic wounds affect roughly 6.5 million patients in the US. With recent advances in treatment and more knowledge of wound healing, we can now more accurately assess wound-related problems sooner, allowing better interventions early on to help improve outcomes.

Gary Gibbons, MD, medical director at South Shore Health System's Center for Wound Healing, answers some of the most frequently asked questions he hears from patients about wound care.

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Topics: Specialty Care

Getting Back in the Game After a Sports Injury

Posted by South Shore Health System on Oct 26, 2017 8:30:00 AM

When young athletes get injured, they often embark on a challenging journey that can take them off the field for some time. Star student-athlete, Nick Hall, understands this journey all too well, when an ordinary practice at the start of his senior football season at Cohasset High School ended with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus.

“As I was practicing a position that had me cutting quickly from left to right, I felt the infamous ‘pop’ and my knee gave out,” Nick recalled. “When I was down on the ground, I knew instantly the extent of my injury and that surgery would likely be necessary.”

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Topics: As One, Orthopedics, Specialty Care

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. 

To learn more about skin cancer and whether you should talk to your primary care doctor about scheduling a screening, please see the infographic below. Help us spread the word by sharing this post.

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Topics: Primary Care, 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

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