Premier Surgeon Performs Area’s 1st Robotic-Assisted Whipple Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer

KNOXVILLE, TN  – General Surgeon, Dr. David Harrell of Premier Surgical Associates, is among the first surgeons in Tennessee -and the first in East Tennessee to perform robotic-assisted surgery for pancreatic cancer. The Whipple procedure, also known as a  pancreaticoduodenectomy, is a complex operation most often performed to remove a cancerous growth from the pancreas—the organ […]

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Hernia and Workman’s Comp

An abdominal wall hernia  develops when there is a weakness or hole in the abdominal muscles, allowing  a person’s organs or tissues to protrude. Contents of the abdominal cavity, such as segments of the intestine or abdominal fatty tissue may bulge out. There are different types of abdominal hernias. The inguinal hernia is the most […]

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Men and Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anus and the lower rectum. They can become painful when there’s an increased pressure against the connective tissues that keep these vascular structures in place.  Hemorrhoids can affect both men and women, though they may develop for different reasons. Two common causes of hemorrhoids in men are a result […]

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Premier Surgical Oncology

Many patients diagnosed with cancer will undergo surgery in conjunction with chemotherapy as part of their treatment. Surgery for cancer usually involves the removal of tumor and its surrounding tissues. The goal of the surgery varies. It may be done to diagnose cancer, remove all or some of the cancerous tumor, or to determine if […]

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Vascular and Heart Disease

Blood vessels are a network of tubes through which the blood is pumped throughout the body. The arteries are the ones that carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to different parts of the body, including the brain, intestines, kidneys, arms, and legs. However, it is the veins that carry the blood back to the heart. […]

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Complex Hernia Center

According to the Food and Drug Administration, hernia repair is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States. Over one million Americans undergo some type of hernia surgery every year. Many hernias can be repaired laparoscopically, which means smaller incisions, less invasive procedures, and less time in the hospital. However, some hernia […]

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Hemorrhoids: FAQs

Based on statistics, about 10 million Americans suffer from hemorrhoids each year. Despite this figure, many people still have questions about hemorrhoids. Premier Surgical Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Knoxville shares some of the most frequently asked questions about this condition:   Q: What are hemorrhoids? A: Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins around the anus […]

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After Surgery Tips

While it’s a great relief to be done with surgery, you must keep in mind that the surgery itself is only the beginning of the process. What you do after the procedure and how you care for your body will affect the outcome and often determine the success of the surgery. Premier Surgical Associates of […]

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Nutrition and Surgery

A balanced diet is not only important for everyday living, but it is vital when preparing to undergo surgery. Ensuring that you get the right type and amount of food before your procedure can make a difference when it comes to avoiding complications and having a speedy recovery. Impact of Proper Nutrition Post-Surgery Malnutrition has […]

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Updated PAD Guidelines

About one in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 suffers from peripheral artery disease (PAD). It is a medical condition that results from narrowing of the arteries. It most commonly affects the legs, but may also occur in the stomach, arms, and even head. These peripheral arteries are usually clogged with fatty deposits […]

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