Classic Laparoscopy Technique Still Preferred for Gallbladder Surgery

With traditional laparoscopic cholecystectomy, the gallbladder is removed with instruments placed in four small incisions in the abdomen. When laparoscopic surgery is not an option because of complications such as inflammation, scar tissue, injury, or bleeding, an open cholecystectomy is performed and the gallbladder is removed through an approximately six-inch long incision that cuts through […]

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Treating GERD: Medication vs. Surgery

“I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.” Remember those humorous Alka-Seltzer commercials from the 1970s? For patients suffering from chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the symptoms are no laughing matter.

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Prosthetic Doesn’t Slow Down this Senior

For about the past three months, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jimmy Anderson, a 73-year-old patient from South Knoxville with a great attitude and a “can-do” spirit. Jimmy had emergency surgery to amputate all but four inches of his leg earlier this year as a result of a popliteal (behind the knee) aneurysm. […]

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Post-Bariatric Surgery Questions

Bariatric surgery patients routinely have many questions about follow-up, medications and treatments following surgery.

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An “In-house” Success Story

Melody Helms, our patient advocate, oversees testing, records, appointments and patient progress. Her interaction with our patients runs deeper than that, though, thanks in large part to her own successful weight loss through bariatric surgery. “Before surgery, I pretty much resigned myself to thinking that I would always be overweight. Now, I have a new […]

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Commission on Cancer: Ensuring Quality Care

I’m currently serving a three-year term as the Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer program at Parkwest Medical Center. I have accepted this post because of my strong interest in cancer care and my commitment to ensuring that patients receive the highest quality care available. The Commission on Cancer (CoC), established by the American College […]

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