Melanoma Detection and Prevention Month

During warmer weather, it’s natural for many of us to go outside to enjoy it. While being outside can be beneficial to your health, being exposed to the sun for too long without any form of protection can be dangerous. It can put you at risk for skin cancer. About Skin Cancer Skin cancer (the […]

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Stroke Awareness Month

A stroke is one of the most devastating effects of cardiovascular disease. It is the third leading cause of death in the country, leaving patients who have suffered from a stroke with significant functional deficits. There are over 70,000 stroke cases that occur in the United States every year. Carotid artery disease is one of […]

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Do I Have Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are very common, affecting an estimated  50 percent of the general population over age 50. In the United States, about 15 million Americans have them. What are hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids are clusters of veins and supporting tissues that lie within the anal canal that have become enlarged or swollen. People who are most susceptible to […]

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Premier’s Surgery Center and MD Save

Having any kind of surgery can be stressful. The thought of paying for the procedure, or even meeting your insurance deductible can elevate your stress level further. To help ease this burden, Premier Surgical has partnered with MDSave to help self-pay patients or those with high deductible health plans. What is MDSave? MDSave is a […]

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Gallbladder Disease and Why It Can Be Hard to Diagnose

Over 20 million Americans have gallbladder disease and every year, about 1 million new cases are diagnosed. Gallbladder-related issues can be challenging to diagnose as their symptoms can mimic those of other conditions such as a heart attack. What’s gallbladder disease? Gallbladder disease refers to any inflammation, stones, or blockage of the gallbladder. The gallbladder […]

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Early Detection is the Key to Cancer Treatment & Survival

Early detection of cancer provides a better treatment outcome. Our physicians at Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville want you to know the two major components of early cancer detection: education and screening. Education to Promote Early Diagnosis Learning the warning signs of cancer and taking prompt action can lead to early diagnosis. The following are […]

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Acid Reflux

Having gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD is very uncomfortable. It can cause a burning sensation in the chest, difficulty swallowing, sensation of a lump in the throat, and regurgitation of sour liquid or food. What is GERD? GERD is a digestive disorder that involves the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the […]

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Dr. Williams Leads Parkwest Center for Bariatric Surgery

News From Parkwest Medical Center Bariatric surgery can often benefit morbidly obese people or those with obesity-related illnesses who have been unable to lose weight through other methods. Parkwest Medical Center’s Center for Bariatric Surgery is led by K. Robert Williams, MD, FACS, FASMBS, who is board certified in bariatric surgery with New Life Center […]

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Infrared Coagulation For Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are no fun. They cause itchiness, discomfort, and bleeding. About 15 million Americans have hemorrhoids—many are over the age of 50. How do we get hemorrhoids? The veins in the anal area can stretch when they are under pressure, causing them to bulge or swell. This can be due to pregnancy, obesity, chronic diarrhea […]

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Anal Skin Tags—We Treat and Remove Them

Anal skin tags are very common. These are benign skin tissues that may feel like bumps or raised areas around the anus. They are a few millimeters or less in size and usually of the same color of the skin or darker. Although anal skin tags are not a disease, they may be sensitive and […]

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