Premier Surgical Welcomes Surgical Associates of Cleveland

Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville is pleased to announce a merger with Surgical Associates of Cleveland, TN. As of June 1, 2019, the Cleveland-based practice is changing its’ name to Premier Surgical Cleveland, but the office’s location and contact information will stay the same. The group’s three general surgeons, Eston K. Wenger, MD, FACS; Jason […]

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Is Breast Cancer Genetic Testing Right for You?

From Tennova Healthcare October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Tennova Healthcare is using the occasion to call attention to the role of genetic testing in the fight against the disease. Genetic testing has quickly become a more mainstream practice—both for human interest about one’s ancestry, and for the purpose of understanding how that […]

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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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A New Perspective

News From fort Sanders Regional Medical Center On any given day, you’ll find cancer patients and survivors who have found hope and help at Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center. One such woman is there every day the doors are open. “There’s so much good here, so much healing and loving,” Sue Miller says, “and I found […]

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Why Smoking and Hernia Repair Don’t Mix

Complex hernias happen for a variety of reasons, but there are two important and somewhat unexpected factors that greatly affect a patient’s level of risk: smoking and weight gain. “A hernia is simply a hole where we’re not supposed to have one,” says Premier Surgical general surgeon Joel “Trey” Bradley III, MD. “The more complex […]

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Uncomplicating Life: Grandma Thrives After Complex Hernia Repair

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles An overhang of vines on the deck of Norma Griffin’s Dandridge home provides shade on a sunny day. It’s a peaceful place for Griffin to recover from successful hernia surgery at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center – and peace is welcome after several years of medical chaos. “I […]

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Premier Surgical Associates Welcomes Dr. Nelson

Deanna L. Nelson, MD, has joined Premier Surgical Associates as a vascular surgeon in the group’s office at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Premier Surgical, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, offers the region’s largest number of vascular and general surgeons. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Nelson to our team of vascular surgeons,” says Kevin Burris, […]

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Lumps, Bumps & Lesions – When should they be surgically removed?

From East Tennessee Medical News: Clinically Speaking By Jessica L. Vinsant, MD, General Surgeon, Premier Surgical Associates Skin lumps, bumps and lesions is a big subject – so let’s focus on skin cancers. Three common kinds of skin cancers are Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), and Malignant Melanoma (MM). Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers […]

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Asking the right question: East TN woman glad she opted for tomosynthesis

From Parkwest Medical Center “Health & Lifestyles” Patricia Buttram sat quietly and very still in a room at Parkwest Comprehensive Breast Center in June of 2013. 3-D mammography had revealed cancer in her left breast, and she was stunned. Buttram had no family history of breast cancer, and she’d had no sign anything was wrong […]

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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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