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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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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April is Limb Loss Awareness Month

  Cold toes or feet, pain while walking, and night time leg pain – the Vascular Surgeons of Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville want you to know that these symptoms are very common among PAD patients.   What is PAD? Peripheral artery disease (PAD), which was previously known as peripheral vascular disease, is a common […]

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Nutrition Before Surgery—Why It’s Important

Undergoing surgery is like running a marathon. It requires a lot of energy as it puts the body in great stress. This is why it’s important to pay attention to your nutrition before and after surgery. If you’re scheduled for surgery, the following nutrition tips can help you prepare your body for better surgery and […]

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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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Colorectal Cancer- What is it?

Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the United States. This year, it is estimated that there will be over 100,000 new cases of colon cancer and over 40,000 cases of rectal cancer. Where does colorectal cancer start? Most cases of colorectal cancer begin as a growth in the inner lining […]

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