A New Perspective

News From fort Sanders Regional Medical Center On any given day, you’ll find cancer patients and survivors who have found hope and help at Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center. One such woman is there every day the doors are open. “There’s so much good here, so much healing and loving,” Sue Miller says, “and I found […]

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Premier’s Dedicated Vascular Access Coordinator

Have you met our Vascular Access Coordinator, Meghan Mencer? Premier’s Vascular Access & Imaging Center offers comprehensive on-site diagnostic expertise and educational services to patients who are at risk for kidney disease. Our dedicated Vascular Access Coordinator, Meghan Mencer, works closely with patients, as well as the clinics and vascular surgeons to stay on top of […]

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Dr. Thurman Joins Premier Surgical Associates

Premier Surgical Associates is proud to welcome general surgeon Joseph B. Thurman, M.D. to its surgical practice. He will be based at the group’s Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center office, located on Clinch Avenue near downtown Knoxville. Dr. Thurman will focus on acute care cases and laparoscopic surgery.  “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Thurman […]

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Don’t Be Ashamed

Over three million of hemorrhoid cases are reported each year, but only a third of those with symptomatic hemorrhoids actually seek help. This can be a result of fear, embarrassment, or lack of resources. What are hemorrhoids? Also called piles, hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal and rectal areas. They are the most common […]

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Why Smoking and Hernia Repair Don’t Mix

Complex hernias happen for a variety of reasons, but there are two important and somewhat unexpected factors that greatly affect a patient’s level of risk: smoking and weight gain. “A hernia is simply a hole where we’re not supposed to have one,” says Premier Surgical general surgeon Joel “Trey” Bradley III, MD. “The more complex […]

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Gallbladder Experts

Gallbladder surgery (also known as cholecystectomy) remains the primary procedure for managing symptomatic gallstone disease. This procedure is usually recommended for patients suffering from biliary pain, acute cholecystitis, and gallstone pancreatitis. Types of Gallbladder Surgery Cholecystectomy can either be done t through a minimally invasive procedure (laparoscopic cholecystectomy), or traditionally (open cholescystecomy). The majority of […]

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Quit Smoking Before Surgery

It is no secret that there are always some risks involved in surgery. Because of this, surgeons make sure that patients who are scheduled for it are thoroughly assessed and properly educated especially on the do’s and don’ts before, on the day, and after surgery. One of the most common topics a surgeon mentions before […]

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