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 occurs when the abdominal wall is weak and begins to separate […]

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We are the Gallbladder Experts!

Your gallbladder may be small but it plays a large role in your body. Located on the right side of your belly, just below your liver is the gallbladder. The gallbladder plays a role in digestion. It stores and concentrates bile, the yellow-brown enzyme produced by the liver.  Bile helps in the digestive process by […]

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Surgical Options for GERD Patients

GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease affects about 20 percent of the population. We interviewed Dr. Michael Antiporda, a general surgeon with Premier Surgical Associates with fellowship training focused on esophagus and stomach surgery, to explain surgical options for GERD patients. When should one consider surgery? “When GERD is proven by testing and medicines do not […]

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What is Vascular Ultrasound and How is it Used?

Vascular ultrasound is a general term used for non-invasive, painless tests that use high-frequency sound waves. It’s non-invasive and painless as it doesn’t require the use of needles, dyes, radiation, or anesthesia.  These tests are used to create images of the blood vessels, including the arteries and the veins.  How does the vascular ultrasound work? […]

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Hemorrhoids and Pregnancy

Pregnancy can cause a lot of changes to your body. While these changes are signs that your little one is growing inside you, they may cause some unpleasant health issues like hemorrhoids. What are hemorrhoids? Also known as piles, hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your anus and lower part of your rectum. They are very […]

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We Treat Lots of Skin Cancers

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States. According to SkinCancer.org, about 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. How Skin Cancer Develops Skin cancer develops when the cells in the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, grow out of control. […]

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Do I Have Appendicitis?

Appendicitis or inflammation of the appendix is a medical emergency. In most cases, it requires surgery to remove the appendix and prevent further infection. What’s the function of the appendix and where is it located? Your appendix is that 4-inch long, thin tube, found in your lower right abdomen. It’s sitting on that spot where […]

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Meet Dr. Thurman

We, at Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville, take pride in our well-experienced and competent surgical team. Let’s meet one of the members of our team, Dr. Joseph Thurman. Dr. Joseph Thurman is a general surgeon of Premier Surgical at Fort Sanders Regional in Knoxville, TN. He treats a wide array of diseases, including gallbladder disease, […]

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Summer Travel Tips for Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are rarely life-threatening but they can be very uncomfortable. In fact, some will notice how their hemorrhoids have greatly affected their quality of life, and now with warmer weather, many wonder if fun summer trips are possible even with hemorrhoids. The specialists at Premier Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Knoxville, TN want you to understand […]

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On the Road Again

After many miles on the road in his big rig, truck driver Perry Warren had settled into the back of the cab to sleep. His wife had taken the wheel. They were on the interstate near Phoenix, headed for California when Warren’s rest was very suddenly interrupted by piercing pain in his lower left abdomen. […]

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