Stroke Awareness

Stroke remains one of the top causes of death and disability in the United States. It is estimated that about 795,000 people suffer from stroke each year. About 600,000 of these are first time attacks. What is stroke? Stroke (also known as ‘brain attack’) occurs when the blood flow to a certain part of the […]

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Why Dr. Thurman Chose General Surgery

Dr. Joseph Thurman explains why he chose to specialize in General Surgery. “What drew me to general surgery is the ability to intervene immediately and to fix the problem. I treat everyone like they’re a family member or someone I’ve known for a long time. This isn’t me making a decision for the patient, it’s […]

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What is a Hiatal Hernia?

A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper stomach pushes through an opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes. Dr. David Harrell, a general surgeon with Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville, shares more information about hiatal hernias, their causes, symptoms, and possible treatment options. What is a Hiatal Hernia? A hiatal hernia is not […]

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3 Common Causes of Hemorrhoids

About 1 in 20 Americans have hemorrhoids. These are swollen veins around the anus or lower rectal area. They occur as a result of increased pressure in the lower rectum, which can happen as a result of: Pregnancy Hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy as a result of the growing uterus, straining, and the increase in […]

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Melanoma Awareness Month

There has been a rise in the number of melanoma cases for the past 30 years. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be over 90,000 new cases of melanoma this year. What is melanoma? Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer that begins in melanocytes. Melanocytes are skin cells responsible for creating […]

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