Communication is Key

It’s normal to feel anxious before undergoing any type of surgery, especially if it’s your first time. Proper education before a surgery can help alleviate some of that anxiety. Asking doesn’t cost anything! In fact, it has better return on your part as it gives you peace of mind, alleviates your anxiety, and helps you […]

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Hand Washing Month

Hand washing is one of the easiest way to avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs. As simple as it seems, many overlook this. Why wash your hands? Disease-causing microorganisms like Salmonella, E. Coli, and norovirus can easily spread from one person to another. These germs can get into our hands after using […]

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Gallbladder Symptoms and Surgery

The gallbladder is the pear-shaped organ located under the liver. It’s only about four inches long, but play a vital role in digestion. It stores bile, a substance made up of fluid, cholesterol, and fat. The bile helps in breaking down the fat from the food, making it easier for fat-soluble nutrients to be absorbed […]

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Hemorrhoids: Myth or Fact?

Hemorrhoids, or swollen veins in or around the rectal area, are not uncommon. In fact, over 3 million American adults suffer from hemorrhoids each year. Despite this figure, there are still a lot of misconceptions about hemorrhoids. Here are some of the most common myths: Only older people can have hemorrhoids Although hemorrhoids are very […]

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Healthy Skin in the Winter

Winter can be fun, but the cold weather is not always fun for the skin. Low temperatures and humidity can rob the skin of its moisture, leading to dryness and dullness. Many think that summer months are the time to take extra care of your skin, but it’s also important not to neglect it in […]

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GERD Awareness Week

What is GERD? Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a common condition that affects the digestive system, specifically the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). It’s the ring of muscle between the esophagus and the stomach. Normally, the LES opens in order to allow food to go through the stomach and closes to prevent food and gastric juices to […]

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Knox Woman Grateful for Compassionate Emergency Surgery

From Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center Health & Lifestyles Polite and considerate, task oriented and intelligent, Marilyn Roddy of Knoxville has a habit of putting others first. It’s no surprise that she quietly kept going even though she wasn’t feeling well this past March. Through dinner preparations, serving the meal and even as night came […]

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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancer types. It is estimated that over 50,000 adults in the United States will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. What is Pancreatic Cancer? Pancreatic cancer is a type of cancer on which malignant or cancerous cells develop in the tissues of the pancreas. The […]

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Could You Benefit from IFC?

Hemorrhoids can be a nuisance and literally a pain in the rear. Fortunately, there are now different ways to treat them. One of the most popular ones is infrared coagulation. What is Infrared Coagulation? Infrared coagulation, or IFC, is a medical procedure usually recommended for patients with small to medium-sized internal hemorrhoids (the type of […]

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Diabetes Month

Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that affects how our body uses blood sugar (glucose). The body needs glucose. It is the cells’ primary source of energy. Without it, the tissues and muscles of the body won’t be able to carry out regular functions well. What causes Diabetes? The underlying cause of diabetes depends on […]

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