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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Quit Smoking Before Surgery

It is no secret that there are always some risks involved in surgery. Because of this, surgeons make sure that patients who are scheduled for it are thoroughly assessed and properly educated especially on the do’s and don’ts before, on the day, and after surgery. One of the most common topics a surgeon mentions before […]

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Meet Dr. Gibson

William C. Gibson earned his BS at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and his MD at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He did his General Surgery residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Dr. Gibson is Board Certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery, and has served as […]

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