Obesity is a Chronic Disease

According to data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of adults in the United States are obese. Obesity is a condition characterized by having too much fat in the body. Using the Body Mass Index (BMI), a person with a BMI of 30 and above is considered obese. Factors Leading […]

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5 Facts About Kidney Disease

The kidneys are among the most vital organs in the body. They help filter waste products from the blood and play a role in regulating blood pressure, maintaining electrolyte balance, and in the production of red blood cells. When kidneys fail, waste products can build up and there can be excessive fluid retention leading to […]

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Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that May is National Skin Cancer Awareness month? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer not only in the United States, but globally as well. If you discover unusual skin spots but are not sure if they’re normal or not, it may be […]

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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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