Clinton Lady Grateful to Have Thyroid Surgery without a Neck Scar

When 48-year old Melissa Bingham’s physician recommended surgery to remove her thyroid and an enlarged, but noncancerous nodule on her thyroid, the Clinton, Tennessee woman cringed at the thought of a large scar across her neck. “As a woman I thought, ‘Do I really want to look like I’ve had my throat cut?’” confesses Bingham. […]

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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 involves a long neck incision and a visible scar, the patient’s thyroid and a large nodule were removed through her armpit […]

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Are You At Risk for Thyroid Cancer?

This year, it is estimated that over 53,000 adults in the United States will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer is the fifth most common type of cancer in women. It’s the type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland that can be found at the base of […]

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Thyroid Awareness Month

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped organ found at the base of the neck. This gland may be small, but it plays an important role in the body. It has a significant influence on the functioning of some of the body’s main organs such as the brain, heart, liver, and kidneys. Any problem in the […]

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Let’s Talk About Your Thyroid

The thyroid gland is the small, butterfly-shaped organ found at the base of the neck. It is part of the endocrine system responsible for releasing hormones that control the body’s metabolism. It is an important part of how the body processes energy. The hormones produced by the gland play a vital role in several functions […]

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Thyroid Disease Treatment Options

Although it is small in size, the butterfly-shaped gland we know as the thyroid plays a crucial part in our metabolism and general well-being. It’s not uncommon for this gland to malfunction and start to cause symptoms that can become difficult to manage. Common problems a patient can experience are hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, goitre or nodules. […]

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Surgeon and Survivor: Understanding Thyroid Cancers

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles Surgical oncologist Troy Kimsey, MD, FACS, of Premier Surgical Fort Sanders Regional, has a special understanding of patients’ thyroid cancer cases.  That’s because Kimsey is himself, a thyroid cancer survivor. “I underwent a total thyroidectomy in December, 2012,” Kimsey says. “The overall prognosis for differentiated thyroid cancer is […]

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Unrelated Health Concern Leads to Thyroid Cancer Discovery for West Knox Woman

News from Parkwest Health & Lifestyles A diagnosis of thyroid cancer carries with it both good news and bad news. “When it’s detected, the success rates of surgical and medical treatment are very high,” says Parkwest general surgeon Will Gibson, MD of Premier Surgical Associates. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s […]

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What To Know About Surgery: A Nurse Answers FAQ’s

As a Premier Surgical Associates LPN, Melissa Smith answers a lot of questions from patients before and after surgery. She works with Premier General Surgeon Dr. David Harrell, and helps prepare and follow up with patients requiring a variety of surgeries related mostly to hernias, gallbladder, appendix, colon, thyroid, or pancreas diseases. “I talk with […]

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Research Leads School Psychologist to Fort Sanders for Thyroid Cancer Surgery

From Shopper News Health & Lifestyles As a school psychologist for Anderson County Schools, Joshua Reese, 31, evaluates children who may need extra services in school. But Reese put those research skills to work for himself nearly a year ago when he was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. “My endocrinologist gave me several surgeons’ names […]

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