What is a general surgeon?

Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville and Cleveland, TN, has a large team of board-certified and well-experienced general surgeons who are committed to providing the best surgical care for our patients. What does a general surgeon do? A general surgeon is a physician who has been educated and trained to diagnose and provide a variety of […]

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Gallbladder Month

Your gallbladder may be small but it plays a vital role in your digestion. It stores and concentrates bile, the digestive enzyme produced by the liver.  Bile helps in breaking up fats and draining waste products from the liver into the small intestine.  The physicians of Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville and Cleveland, TN want […]

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Dr. Reisser Joins Premier Surgical

General and Vascular Surgeon J. Randolph Reisser, MD, FACS, has joined Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville. Dr. Reisser is serving patients at Tennova Turkey Creek Medical Center, and at Premier Surgical’s offices in Maryville and on Papermill Drive in Knoxville. Dr. Reisser has practiced in the Knoxville and Maryville area for more than 20 years […]

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When is Gallbladder Removal Necessary?

Cholecystectomy is the term used for the surgical removal of the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ located just below the liver. It is responsible for collecting and storing bile, a type of digestive fluid produced by the liver. When is Gallbladder Removal Necessary? There are different reasons why cholecystectomy may be performed. […]

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Thyroid Awareness Month

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped organ found at the base of the neck. This gland may be small, but it plays an important role in the body. It has a significant influence on the functioning of some of the body’s main organs such as the brain, heart, liver, and kidneys. Any problem in the […]

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Appendicitis or The Flu?

It is not uncommon for those with appendicitis to not have the classic symptoms of the condition. This is especially true for young children who cannot adequately describe their pain. What is appendicitis? Appendicitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the appendix. The appendix is a small tube of tissue, about 3.5 inches long, […]

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Meet Dr. Norma Edwards

Premier Surgical general surgeon Dr. Norma Edwards grew up with a strong interest in science and biology. She originally planned to earn a PHD and become a laboratory researcher, but instead, pursued a career as a physician. “I realized I was way too social to be a researcher in a lab all day,” laughs Dr. […]

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Meet Dr. Joe Thurman!

For Joe Thurman, MD, being a General Surgeon is a unique opportunity to intervene at a crucial moment in someone’s life. “Especially in an emergency situation, I may be meeting someone who is having the worst day of their life,” explains Thurman.“You really make an impact when you can immediately help them with surgery and […]

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Dr. Thurman Joins Premier Surgical Associates

Premier Surgical Associates is proud to welcome general surgeon Joseph B. Thurman, M.D. to its surgical practice. He will be based at the group’s Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center office, located on Clinch Avenue near downtown Knoxville. Dr. Thurman will focus on acute care cases and laparoscopic surgery.  “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Thurman […]

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Gallbladder Experts

Gallbladder surgery (also known as cholecystectomy) remains the primary procedure for managing symptomatic gallstone disease. This procedure is usually recommended for patients suffering from biliary pain, acute cholecystitis, and gallstone pancreatitis. Types of Gallbladder Surgery Cholecystectomy can either be done t through a minimally invasive procedure (laparoscopic cholecystectomy), or traditionally (open cholescystecomy). The majority of […]

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