Back on His Feet: Patient Walks with Confidence After Vascular Surgery

News from Parkwest Health & Lifestyles Walking down the street, up the stairs or at home, we tend to take our steps for granted until something stops us in our tracks. Don Proaps, 71, relaxes for a moment in his home in West Knox County, recalling how his steps came to a halt. It started […]

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TCAR— An Innovative Technique For Stroke Patients

Every year, about 140,000 Americans die from stroke. Carotid disease, blockage of the carotid arteries that deliver oxygenated blood to the brain, remains one of the leading causes of stroke. For many years, surgeons utilized carotid endarterectomy and carotid stenting as main treatment options for patients at risk of stroke. However, these procedures pose a […]

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Dr. Reisser Joins Premier Surgical

General and Vascular Surgeon J. Randolph Reisser, MD, FACS, has joined Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville. Dr. Reisser is serving patients at Tennova Turkey Creek Medical Center, and at Premier Surgical’s offices in Maryville and on Papermill Drive in Knoxville. Dr. Reisser has practiced in the Knoxville and Maryville area for more than 20 years […]

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Cardiologists VS Vascular Surgeons

Cardiologist vs. Vascular Surgeon Sometimes health specializations can be as confusing as medical terms. Knowing what a specialist does and does not do can help you choose the right provider for your specific health needs. Cardiologists and vascular surgeons are both medical experts, but cater specifically to different areas. The Role of a Cardiologist Also […]

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Meet Dr. Nelson

Have you met Dr. Nelson? Dr. Deanna Nelson is a vascular surgery doctor here in Knoxville, Tennessee at Premier Surgical Associates. She received her medical degree from The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont.

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PAD Awareness Month

September is National PAD Awareness Month. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a medical condition caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood to different parts of the body including the head, organs, and limbs. Atherosclerosis is a term used to describe the buildup of plaque in […]

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Vascular Treatment Eases Knox Lady’s Leg Pain

Inflicted by severe leg pain for years, 58-year old Rhonda of Knoxville could barely make it through her work day. “I’m a bookkeeper, but also work at a donut shop. During a busy day I’m on the floor from 7 am to 3:30 pm. By the time I got off work, all I could stand […]

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Vascular and Heart Disease

Blood vessels are a network of tubes through which the blood is pumped throughout the body. The arteries are the ones that carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to different parts of the body, including the brain, intestines, kidneys, arms, and legs. However, it is the veins that carry the blood back to the heart. […]

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Law & Aorta: Premier Surgeons Mend Retired Detective’s Tell-tale Heart

From Fort Sanders Health & Lifestyles Lt. Joe Kenda, TV’s Homicide Hunter, is showing in the living room of John and Barbara Mohl’s Sevierville condominium, but neither is watching. That’s because Mohl, a retired detective with the New York Police Department, has plenty of true crime stories of his own. Whether working the notorious “Son […]

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What You Should Know About Carotid Artery Disease

According to the National Institutes of Health, strokes affect over half a million people each year, and are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 30% of strokes are caused by carotid artery disease. “The hallmark of carotid disease and the reason we fix it, is stroke prevention,” says Dr. Deanna […]

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