3 Questions To Ask Before A Mastectomy

The first step and most common form of treatment for breast cancer is surgery. Surgery involves removing the tumor and nearby margins of surrounding tissue that may be cancerous. The goal of surgery is to remove not only the tumor, but also enough of the margins to be able to test for the spread of […]

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3 Steps To Prevent Limb Loss

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 500 Americans lose a limb each day. While trauma or cancer are sometimes the cause of limb loss, most patients at the Premier Surgical Limb Preservation Center in Knoxville are typically at risk of losing a limb due to chronic health issues such as […]

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The Summer Buzz At Premier Surgical Vein Clinics

  Summer has been a busy season at the Premier Surgical Vein Clinics in Knoxville. Our staff is committed to helping patients every step of the way, including providing information about vein disease, the treatment options, and offering free screenings. Here are three recent posts that got people talking. Why Is There Sometimes A Waiting […]

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No Stitches, No Stapling — What To Know About Non-surgical Hemorrhoid Treatments

  Hemorrhoids are a common affliction, affecting nearly half of the U.S. population at some point. What’s also common is the misperception that the procedures to remove hemorrhoids require surgery, which means stitches or staples and a painfully long recovery time. This assumption is understandable, given that many men and women may have heard about […]

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Managing Vascular Disease Through Exercise & Lifestyle

  Dr. Deanna L. Nelson, a vascular surgeon with Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville, vascular disease is a systemic disease which is not cured, it’s managed. The arteries, veins, and lymph vessels in your body make up your vascular system, and are designed to move blood, oxygen, and fluids efficiently. Any condition that impedes this […]

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What To Know About Surgery: A Nurse Answers FAQ’s

As a Premier Surgical Associates LPN, Melissa Smith answers a lot of questions from patients before and after surgery. She works with Premier General Surgeon Dr. David Harrell, and helps prepare and follow up with patients requiring a variety of surgeries related mostly to hernias, gallbladder, appendix, colon, thyroid, or pancreas diseases. “I talk with […]

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What To Know If You Have Frequent Heartburn At Night

Nighttime heartburn or acid reflux can be a painful disruption to a good night’s sleep. For some, it’s only an occasional nuisance, but for others it’s a common condition known as GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. According to the American Gastroenterological Association, some 25 million people have chronic heartburn, and for many of them the […]

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