‘Still cancer-free’ Cancer survivor paid heavy price for ignoring heartburn

Shopper News – News from Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center Ron Houser was a busy man with places to go, things to do. Meetings, airports, meals on the run. Too busy for this; too busy for that. “I was very career-minded, and my career took me all over the country – I was everywhere,” said […]

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Complex T.H.E. surgery requires skill, practice

Shopper News: News From Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center Cut down here and up there, remove this pipe down to there, pull up this drain and hook ’em together up here. It sounds simple enough, but a trans-hiatal esophagectomy (THE) is a lot more complicated than reworking the kitchen plumbing. As with many complex surgical […]

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Surgery Relieves Rare Swallowing Disorder

Shopper News For years, every bite or sip Steve Abbott took was a struggle.  Food and liquids wouldn’t go down his esophagus, instead they would back up into his throat, causing pain and nausea. “It felt like everything I ate was stuck in the top of my neck in my throat,” says the North Knoxville […]

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