The Heart(burn) of the Matter

Fort Sanders Health & Lifestyles Kim Hagan has suffered from heartburn for as long as she can remember, and her pain and discomfort worsened over the past few years. No matter what she ate, the feeling of acid reflux remained constant. “I would refrain from eating after a certain hour, but it wouldn’t matter. I […]

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What is a Premier Surgery Package?

Are you avoiding surgery for your condition because of your high insurance deductible? Or are you avoiding it because of a “sticker shock” experience? You’re not alone. Some patients have a negative experience with surgery because of the financial constraints that come with it or the surprise separate bills they receive after it. They often […]

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Colorectal Cancer Screening Month

According to cancer.org, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. For this year, it is estimated that there will be over 103,000 new cases of colon cancer and about 45,000 new cases of rectal cancer in the country. Colorectal Cancer Screening There’s no sure way of preventing colorectal cancer, but […]

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Healthy Habits Before Surgery

If you’re waiting for a scheduled surgery or for a surgery to be scheduled, the team at Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville and Cleveland wants you to know there are things you can do in days or weeks before to increase your chances of a successful outcome. Establishing these healthy habits are also important to […]

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Premier Surgical Skin Clinic

The skin is our largest skin organ, yet we don’t always pay attention to it. We had a recent conversation with Allix Reeder, a certified Physician Assistant with Premier Surgical Associates. She provides a Skin Clinic and outpatient treatment for patients with minor skin issues at the Premier Surgical Parkwest office. What type of skin […]

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What are the Benefits of Our Online Patient Portal?

Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville and Cleveland, TN has a very convenient online patient portal, called My Health Record. It can easily be accessed via computer, tablet, or smartphone. By logging in to your My Health Record account, you can see the following information: Your most up-to-date medical information Your office visit information A list […]

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Appendicitis: Symptoms and its Treatment Options

In your lower right abdomen is a thin tube called the appendix. This organ sits where your small intestine meets your large intestine. This four-inch tube is believed to be an evolutionary holdover that doesn’t really provide benefit to your body or health. Because its exact function is unclear, many of us rarely pay attention […]

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How to Communicate with Your Surgeon

The team at Premier Surgical in Knoxville and Cleveland wants you to know that being nervous before a surgical procedure is very normal. One way to alleviate this is by talking to your surgeon prior to your surgery. What to ask your surgeon Here are some of the questions you may want to ask your […]

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What You Should Know About Breast Reconstruction Surgery

In many cases of breast cancer, partial or total removal of the breasts may be recommended as part of breast cancer treatment. This procedure is called a mastectomy. Following a mastectomy, another procedure, breast reconstruction, can take place immediately or in a delayed fashion to lessen the psychological impact of the mastectomy. Breast Reconstruction vs […]

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GERD Awareness

November is GERD Awareness Month! What is GERD? GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a condition that occurs when the stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. The lower part of the esophagus is surrounded by a circular band of muscle. This is what we call the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). When we swallow, the […]

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