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Premier Papermill

6408 Papermill Drive
Knoxville 37919
865.588.8229

Vascular Surgeons

Donald L. Akers Jr., MD, FACS
C. Scott Callicutt, MD, FACS
Willard B. Campbell, MD, FACS
George A. Pliagas, MD, FACS
Christopher W. Pollock, MD, FACS
Deanna L. Nelson, MD
Afshin Andrew Skibba, MD


Fort Sanders Regional

1819 Clinch Avenue, Suite 200
Knoxville, TN 37916
865.524.3695

Vascular Surgeon

Deanna L. Nelson, MD
Afshin Andrew Skibba, MD


North Knoxville & Physicians Regional

7557A Dannaher Drive, Suite 110
Powell, TN 37849
865.938.8121

Vascular Surgeons

Donald L. Akers Jr., MD, FACS
George A. Pliagas, MD, FACS


Parkwest

9430 Park West Boulevard,
Suite 310
Knoxville, TN 37923
865.690.5263

Vascular Surgeons

C. Scott Callicutt, MD, FACS
Willard B. Campbell, MD, FACS
Christopher W. Pollock, MD, FACS


Turkey Creek Medical Center

Physicians Plaza 1, Suite 305
10810 Parkside Drive,
Knoxville, TN 37934

J. Randolph Reisser, MD, FACS
865.306.5820


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Vascular Services

Vascular Access

Limb Preservation

Vascular Surgery

The Vascular System (arteries and veins) carries blood throughout your body back to the heart. Poor circulation can affect your legs, arms, neck and kidneys, and can lead to heart attack and stroke.

Specific Vascular Training

Vascular Surgeons diagnose, treat, and manage issues affecting circulation outside the heart and brain, especially the legs, arms, neck and kidneys. They are specifically trained to treat peripheral Vascular System issues medically, minimally-invasively, and surgically, if needed. Only a Vascular Surgeon can provide all treatment options.

Premier Surgical has East Tennessee’s largest group of board-certified vascular surgeons, many of whom are endovascular fellowship-trained.

Premier Surgical provides a full spectrum of vascular, endovascular and interventional care. Our services range from complex, life-threatening issues to the latest advances in the laser vein treatments such as:

  • Endarectomy (carotid artery surgery)
  • Stenting for stroke treatment
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and reconstruction
  • Limb salvage
  • Arteriovenous fistula placement
Better Outcomes

Studies show that Vascular Surgeons have lower overall mortality rates in Aortic Aneurysm Repair and Peripheral Arterial Interventions when compare to Cardiologists and Interventional Radiologists.*April 2013 issue of Cardiology News; Nov. 2009 issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Vascular Specialist:
  • Are you specifically certified or trained in Vascular Surgery?
  • How many of this type of procedure have you performed?
  • If bleeding or complications occur, who will address those?
Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Arterial Disease (previously referred to as Peripheral Vascular ImprimirDisease) is a dangerous hardening of the arteries that affects more than 10 million Americans, most over age 50.

If untreated, Peripheral Arterial Disease (or PAD) can lead to serious artery blockages that result in limb infections, gangrene, and amputation of your leg. You also have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Even though PAD is common, many people don’t realize they have it. Diagnosing and treating PAD now, can help prevent serious problems later.

Could YOU have PAD?

If you have at least 3 of the following 4 risk factors, you are at higher risk of PAD.

  • Diabetic
  • Smoker
  • Experience leg pain with walking
  • Have leg or foot sores that won’t heal
Check out our PAD Checklist!

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If you have several of the high risk factors, you may you qualify for a PAD screening appointment at the Premier Surgical Vascular Access & Imaging Center on Papermill Drive. The simple, non-invasive PAD test takes just a few minutes, and is covered by most insurance plans. If you’d like to request a PAD Screening, please click the button below.

Request a PAD Screening

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The most common screening tool is a simple, non-invasive test called the ankle-brachial index (ABI). The ankle-brachial index compares blood pressure in your ankles and in your arms. This measurement shows how well blood is flowing to your legs and can indicate a narrowing or blockage of blood vessels.

Treating PAD

If detected early PAD can often be managed with life-style changes and medications, instead of surgery._drd1548

In other cases, endovascular therapy or vascular surgery may be recommended. Angioplasty, stenting, or bypass surgery may be performed by a vascular surgeon.

The vascular surgeons of Premier Surgical Associates want you to know that finding and treating this disease early can help keep your legs healthy and save your life.

PAD Patient Resources
Video

Premier Vascular Surgeon Dr. Chris Pollock discusses common treatments for Peripheral Artery Disease.

Premier Vascular Surgeon Dr. Deanna Nelson explains abdominal aortic aneurysm repair in this Fort Sanders Regional Healthwatch segment.

Peripheral Arterial Disease

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Surgical Specialties

Our surgeons have specialized skills and knowledge in diverse areas. We are equipped to provide patients with the best options for comprehensive, state-of-the-art care.