Why do heartburn symptoms surface at night?

Heartburn is an unpleasant condition that can take the pleasure out of meals and lead to some restless nights. There are a number of contributing factors to the symptoms of heartburn, but one common denominator is the surfacing of symptoms in the evening. To find out why, let us first learn a little more about […]

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What Everybody Ought to Know About the Causes of Acid Reflux

A major culprit to the onset of symptoms for acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is what you eat. While those with acid reflux should pay careful attention to specific foods to avoid in an effort to ease your symptoms, there are some common foods that are universally problematic. Acidic Foods: Foods with high […]

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What Everybody Ought To Know About the Nissen Fundoplication Procedure

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, also known as GERD, impacts approximately 30 to 40% of American adults. Normally, upon swallowing, a valve between the esophagus and stomach opens up allowing food to pass and then closes to prevent stomach contents from “refluxing” back into the esophagus. For people who suffer from GERD, there is a dysfunction in […]

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‘Still cancer-free’ Cancer survivor paid heavy price for ignoring heartburn

Shopper News – News from Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center Ron Houser was a busy man with places to go, things to do. Meetings, airports, meals on the run. Too busy for this; too busy for that. “I was very career-minded, and my career took me all over the country – I was everywhere,” said […]

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Surgery Relieves Rare Swallowing Disorder

Shopper News For years, every bite or sip Steve Abbott took was a struggle.  Food and liquids wouldn’t go down his esophagus, instead they would back up into his throat, causing pain and nausea. “It felt like everything I ate was stuck in the top of my neck in my throat,” says the North Knoxville […]

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Gallbladder Disease: A Common American Ailment

An estimated 20 million Americans have gallbladder disease. It’s one of the most common conditions in the United States. The gallbladder is a small sac under the liver that stores bile, a digestive fluid that helps absorb fat and grease from the food we eat.

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New Procedure for Chronic Acid Reflux Requires No Incisions

Living with chronic acid reflux requires patience, a restricted diet and lots of antacids. Many times, even that isn’t enough to deal with the problem. I am pleased to announce that I along with Premier surgeon Dr. David J. Harrell are the first surgeons in East Tennessee to offer a new, incisionless surgical procedure that […]

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