Diabetes is a Risk Factor for Every Disease

Diabetes is a known risk factor for many of the diseases our Premier Surgical Associates physicians in Knoxville and Cleveland treat. Diabetes also contributes to many vascular conditions, including retinopathy and nephropathy. What is diabetes and who gets it? Diabetes refers to a group of diseases that result from having too much sugar or glucose […]

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Hemorrhoid Awareness Month

Hemorrhoids are common. In fact, about 1 in 20 Americans have them. And almost half of adults age 50 and older have them. Causes of Hemorrhoids Hemorrhoids can be brought about by several things. This includes repeated straining (either through constipation or diarrhea) during bowel movements, pregnancy, and obesity. All of these cause an increase […]

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Do I Have Appendicitis?

Appendicitis or inflammation of the appendix is a medical emergency. In most cases, it requires surgery to remove the appendix and prevent further infection. What’s the function of the appendix and where is it located? Your appendix is that 4-inch long, thin tube, found in your lower right abdomen. It’s sitting on that spot where […]

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Meet Dr. Thurman

We, at Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville, take pride in our well-experienced and competent surgical team. Let’s meet one of the members of our team, Dr. Joseph Thurman. Dr. Joseph Thurman is a general surgeon of Premier Surgical at Fort Sanders Regional in Knoxville, TN. He treats a wide array of diseases, including gallbladder disease, […]

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Premier Surgical Welcomes Dr. Antiporda

We at Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville strive to provide excellent surgical care to our clients. We’re proud of our patient-centered and competent staff. This month, we’re happy to welcome a new member of our general surgical team – Dr. Michael Antiporda of Premier Surgical at Fort Sanders Regional. Let’s get to know him better: […]

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When should you have a colorectal screening?

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. This year, it is estimated that over 140,000 Americans will be diagnosed with it. Like most types of cancer, there is a higher chance of treating colorectal cancer if it’s detected early. Screening for Colorectal Cancer The purpose of colorectal cancer screening is […]

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September is PAD Awareness Month

September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month. PAD is a condition that affects about 18 million Americans, about 160 to 180,000 of that are predicted to have a limb amputated this year.  What is PAD and what causes it? PAD occurs when there is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries such as those serving […]

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Hernia Month

Hernia is a common medical condition. It occurs when an organ or body tissue pushes itself through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue.  Hernias are very common in the abdominal area but they can also develop in other areas such as the belly button, groin, and upper thigh. What causes a […]

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