Hemorrhoids Are More Common Than You Think

Hemorrhoids are very common. In the United States, about 1 in 20 Americans over age 50 have hemorrhoids.  What are hemorrhoids? Also known as piles, hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal and lower rectal areas. They are very similar to varicose veins. Hemorrhoids develop from increased pressure on the veins around the anal or […]

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Healthy Skin Awareness

Just because it’s cold outside and you’re bundled in layers, don’t forget about your skin! The physicians of Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville and Cleveland suggest these tips keep your skin healthy all-year-round!    Protect yourself from the sun   Skin cancer remains one of the most common types of cancer in the United States. […]

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Marking the 20th Anniversary of First Endo AAA Repair

TWENTY YEARS LATER WE REMEMBER DECEMBER 3RD, 1999, AS THE LAUNCH OF THE NEW ERA OF ENDOVASCULAR ANEURYSM REPAIR IN EAST TENNESSEE. Open surgical repair was the standard method of aneurysm repair for five decades. Dr. Juan Parodi, Dr. Julio  Palmaz and Dr. Nicholas  Volodos are recognized as pioneers of endovascular aneurysm repair.  Dr. Parodi […]

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How can you treat liver cancer?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of Americans who get liver cancer has been rising for several decades. Liver cancer is a killer disease. Each year some 33,000 Americans are diagnosed with it, and about 27,000 die from the disease. What is liver cancer? Liver cancer is a type of […]

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Surgery Packages at Premier Surgical Associates

Going through surgery is stressful enough. And you definitely don’t want more stress from multiple surgery bills while you’re recovering from it. This is the reason why the physicians of  Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville have developed an all-inclusive, cash-pay package for several common procedures including gallbladder removal and hernia repair.  These surgical packages are […]

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GERD Awareness Week

GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease and heartburn are often used interchangeably. Heartburn is discomfort or burning pain sensation felt on the upper chest. GERD, on the other hand, is a chronic condition and heartburn can be one of its symptoms.  What is GERD? GERD is a medical condition in which stomach contents flow backward up […]

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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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Meet Dr. Kelly

It is our goal at Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville to provide the best surgical care possible to our patients.  We have surgeons who are well-experienced in their fields of specialties.  Today, we will introduce you to one of our general surgeons, Dr. Michael Kelly.  Dr. Kelly has been with Premier Surgical Associates for 15 […]

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Breast Cancer Care at Premier

Breast cancer is still one of the most common types of cancer affecting Americans. Although more common in women, breast cancer can also affect men. With substantial support for breast cancer awareness and increased funding for research, the breast cancer survival rate has dramatically improved for the past decade.  Medical experts still agree that early […]

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White Joins Premier Surgical as Human Resources Director

Premier Surgical Associates has named Tom White, PHR, as Director of Human Resources for the group’s Knoxville area and Cleveland, TN, offices.  White is taking over the role with the retirement of Nelda Sparkman, who has served as Premier’s Human Resources Director since 1997. White has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare Human […]

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