What is Vascular Ultrasound?

Vascular ultrasound is a noninvasive procedure that is used to examine the circulation of blood flow through the body’s blood vessels. This procedure can be used to examine an artery or vein in almost any part of the body, including the blood vessels found in the neck, abdominal area, and in the upper and lower […]

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Premier Surgical Associates Welcomes Dr. Skibba

Vascular surgeon Afshin Andrew Skibba, M.D. has joined Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville Tennessee. Dr. Skibba is based at the Premier Surgical office on Papermill Drive in Knoxville, and also sees patients with vascular, lymphatic, and vein disease at Premier’s satellite office in Morristown. Dr. Skibba performs vascular surgeries and endovascular interventions at Fort Sanders […]

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Is it GERD or Acid Reflux?

Although GERD and acid reflux are closely related, they are not exactly the same. What is acid reflux? Acid reflux refers to the backward flow of the stomach acid into the esophagus. If you are suffering from acid reflux, it’s not uncommon to taste sour liquid or regurgitated food at the back of your throat. […]

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Gallbladder Disease and Treatment at Premier Surgical

If you’re experiencing pain in the mid- to upper right section of your abdominal area, unexplained fever, jaundice (yellowish discoloration of skin and sclera), and unusual stool or urine, then you may be experiencing gallbladder issues. The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ located just under the liver. This four-inch organ is responsible for storing bile, […]

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Be Skin Safe!

Every year, more people United States are diagnosed with skin cancer than all other forms of cancer combined. While early detection is important in keeping skin cancer from becoming life-threatening, taking proper steps for prevention is key. Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville reminds you that one of the best ways to prevent skin cancer is […]

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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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Expert Hernia Repair and Care

What is a Hernia? An abdominal wall hernia is a weakness or hole in the abdominal muscles through which organs or tissue may protrude. The signs and symptoms of hernia depend on the type of hernia. Some hernias don’t cause any symptoms, but are discovered during medical exams. Some common symptoms include: • A bulge under […]

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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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