Sevierville Woman Back in the Garden After Robotic-Assisted Surgery

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles Jean Beam of Sevierville thought she just had acid reflux. She knew this was probably a side effect from a hiatal hernia that she’d had for years, but one day she began vomiting non-stop, prompting a visit to her nearest emergency room. “I knew I had a hiatal […]

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The Heart(burn) of the Matter

Fort Sanders Health & Lifestyles Kim Hagan has suffered from heartburn for as long as she can remember, and her pain and discomfort worsened over the past few years. No matter what she ate, the feeling of acid reflux remained constant. “I would refrain from eating after a certain hour, but it wouldn’t matter. I […]

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Fast Stroke Treatment Puts Trucker on Road to Recovery

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles After a sudden stroke at a truck stop in East Tennessee, trucker Dave Foster of Arizona underwent a carotid endarterectomy at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville earlier this year.  The 67 year old is home in Arizona now, happy to be alive and grateful for his […]

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Physician Teamwork Scores a Win for Former Pro Baseball Star

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles After a rewarding career in professional baseball, Ty Taubenheim, 38, was ready to step off the pitcher’s mound and follow a new path. He chose the field of nursing and began his career with his first job as an emergency department nurse at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center […]

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Prompt Surgery to Remove Cancer Gives Woman Continued Quality of Life

Parkwest Health & Lifestyles Unexpected Diagnosis Barbara Kimmett, 72, of Farragut Kimmett came to the emergency department at Parkwest Medical Center one morning in February 2018 with a bowel obstruction. She wasn’t too concerned because it was something her mother had experienced as well. “When they told me I had a bowel obstruction I thought, […]

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Is Genetic Testing Right for Me?

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer death rates decreased steadily from 1989 to 2015 because of improved treatments and early detection by mammography. In 2015, relative survival rates for women diagnosed with breast cancer were 91 percent at five years after diagnosis, 86 percent after 10 years, and 80 percent after 15 years. […]

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Double Punch – Patient Beats Breast Cancer Twice

When breast cancer patients arrive for radiation treatments, they are sometimes filled with fear and sadness, or great hope and faith. Most of them don’t know they have a friend nearby who understands those feelings on a personal level. Wilma Cason, 74, is a department assistant at the Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center, a department of […]

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Man’s 3rd Hernia Repair is Easiest, Thanks to Robotic Assistance

Surgical techniques have improved drastically over the last 60 years, and no one knows that better than Frank Hamner, 76, of Knoxville. Hamner has undergone three different hernia repairs over the years as a result of an inguinal (groin) hernia. This type of hernia occurs when the abdominal wall is weak and begins to separate […]

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On the Road Again

After many miles on the road in his big rig, truck driver Perry Warren had settled into the back of the cab to sleep. His wife had taken the wheel. They were on the interstate near Phoenix, headed for California when Warren’s rest was very suddenly interrupted by piercing pain in his lower left abdomen. […]

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New Procedure Opens Doors – and Arteries to Prevent Stroke

Parwest Health & Lifestyles Diagnosed with carotid artery disease and peripheral artery disease, Pigeon Forge resident Doris Dixon often experienced skyrocketing blood pressure and could feel her heartbeat pounding in her ears. After feeling tightness in her chest, she was referred to Scott Callicutt, MD, a Premier Surgical vascular surgeon at Parkwest Medical Center. Arterial […]

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