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Robot-assisted Esophageal Surgery Helps Doctors Restore Lives

News from Fort Sanders Health & Lifestyles Millions of Americans experience acid reflux every day. Most don’t know if it’s severe enough and lasts long enough, in the worst cases acid reflux can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. When that happens, the...

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...

Harrell Performs First Robotic Thyroid Surgery in Tennessee

General Surgeon Dr. David Harrell of Premier Surgical Associates successfully performed Tennessee’s first “hidden scar” robotic Thyroidectomy on March 5, 2020, at Tennova Healthcare’s North Knoxville Medical Center. Unlike traditional open thyroid surgery that...