Liver Cancer Awareness

The incidence rate for liver cancer has tripled since 1980. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be over 40,000 new cases of liver cancer in 2018 and over 28,000 will die from this type of cancer. About Liver Cancer Liver cancer (also known as hepatic cancer) is a type of cancer that starts […]

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Hope & Healing: One Breast Cancer Survivor’s Story

From Parkwest Medical Center Health & Lifestyles There was so much to do and so much to look forward to! Diane Neely had decided to retire early in May 2017 and was making plans to travel, spend time with her family, and get involved in volunteer work. But when she discovered a lump in her […]

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Are you at risk for hemorrhoids?

Wondering if you’re at risk for hemorrhoids? Premier Surgical Associate’s Hemorrhoid Specialist, Dr. Stone Mitchell, explains what may put you at a higher risk for developing hemorrhoids. If you’re tired of living with pain and discomfort caused by hemorrhoids or anal skin tags, contact us today to schedule an appointment. With minimally invasive options, they […]

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What are Hemorrhoids?

If you’ve experienced unusual bleeding during a bowel movement, or itching and pain in your anal region, then you may be suffering from hemorrhoids. What are hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids are swollen veins found in the lowest part of the rectum and anus. This is a very common condition, affecting about three out of four adults. Hemorrhoids […]

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Premier Surgical: Measuring Quality to Ensure the Best Surgical Care

For several years American hospitals have been required to gather and submit data to the federal government that measures the quality of their patient care and services.  The process of collecting and analyzing patient information is a time-consuming, cumbersome, and expensive undertaking that entails many man hours. That’s why few private physician practices attempt to […]

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Dr. Edwards Joins Premier Surgical

  Norma M. Edwards, MD, FACS, has joined Premier Surgical Associates as a general surgeon at the group’s location at Covenant Health’s Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Edwards to our team of surgeons,” says Kevin Burris, CEO of Premier Surgical Associates. “Her experience and expertise as a surgeon is […]

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Premier Surgeon Performs Area’s 1st Robotic-Assisted Whipple Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer

KNOXVILLE, TN  – General Surgeon, Dr. David Harrell of Premier Surgical Associates, is among the first surgeons in Tennessee -and the first in East Tennessee to perform robotic-assisted surgery for pancreatic cancer. The Whipple procedure, also known as a  pancreaticoduodenectomy, is a complex operation most often performed to remove a cancerous growth from the pancreas—the organ […]

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Hernia and Workman’s Comp

An abdominal wall hernia  develops when there is a weakness or hole in the abdominal muscles, allowing  a person’s organs or tissues to protrude. Contents of the abdominal cavity, such as segments of the intestine or abdominal fatty tissue may bulge out. There are different types of abdominal hernias. The inguinal hernia is the most […]

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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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Better measurements equal better health care

By Sharon Pound, Knoxville News Sentinel Special Publication When you’re a patient at the doctor’s office, how do you measure quality? Most people just want the doctor to fix their problem, as quickly as possible. From the moment patients walk through their doctor’s front door, maybe even the moment they call to make an appointment, […]

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