Hernia Awareness Month

A hernia is a condition characterized by a protrusion of an organ into an opening. It can be an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. Hernias usually occur in the abdomen although they can also occur in the belly button, groin, and upper thigh areas. It is estimated that about […]

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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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Early Diagnosis Increases Cancer Survival Rates

Cancer survival rates vary, usually depending on the type of cancer. For instance, the overall five-year survival rate of those with bladder cancer is 78 percent while it’s 56 percent for those with early stage lung cancer. These figures simply mean that out of a 100, 78 of those with bladder cancer and 56 of […]

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Bright Days Ahead: Melanoma Patient Becomes Advocate for Sun Safety

Even though Premier Surgical oncologist Paul Dudrick, MD, isn’t known for being a skilled artist, Robin MacLean carries one of his drawings in her purse. It’s the paper that was spread across the examination table when Dr. Dudrick drew a picture to help her understand the cancer surgery she would undergo at Fort Sanders Regional […]

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Stroke Awareness

Stroke remains one of the top causes of death and disability in the United States. It is estimated that about 795,000 people suffer from stroke each year. About 600,000 of these are first time attacks. What is stroke? Stroke (also known as ‘brain attack’) occurs when the blood flow to a certain part of the […]

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Why Dr. Thurman Chose General Surgery

Dr. Joseph Thurman explains why he chose to specialize in General Surgery. “What drew me to general surgery is the ability to intervene immediately and to fix the problem. I treat everyone like they’re a family member or someone I’ve known for a long time. This isn’t me making a decision for the patient, it’s […]

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What is a Hiatal Hernia?

A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper stomach pushes through an opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes. Dr. David Harrell, a general surgeon with Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville, shares more information about hiatal hernias, their causes, symptoms, and possible treatment options. What is a Hiatal Hernia? A hiatal hernia is not […]

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3 Common Causes of Hemorrhoids

About 1 in 20 Americans have hemorrhoids. These are swollen veins around the anus or lower rectal area. They occur as a result of increased pressure in the lower rectum, which can happen as a result of: Pregnancy Hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy as a result of the growing uterus, straining, and the increase in […]

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Melanoma Awareness Month

There has been a rise in the number of melanoma cases for the past 30 years. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be over 90,000 new cases of melanoma this year. What is melanoma? Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer that begins in melanocytes. Melanocytes are skin cells responsible for creating […]

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Knoxville Attorney Chooses Premier Surgery Center for Hernia Repair

Last November, as Knoxville attorney Joseph Della-Rolfa was doing his regular exercise routine, and felt a jolting pain while doing a plank. He thought he had pulled something, but after several months when the pain didn’t go away, he made an appointment with his family physician. Joe’s doctor diagnosed him with an inguinal hernia. He […]

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