Premier Surgical Limits Office Visitors

As Premier Surgical continues to provide needed care to the community, we working to ensure the health and safety our patients and staff. Patients, if you meet any of the following conditions, please help us prevent the spread of disease by CALLING before entering our office. Fever greater than 100.4° F Cough or shortness of […]

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Mystery Solved -Surgeon Removes Rare Tumor

News from Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center Seated on a hay bale next to a trailer covered with a checkered cloth, Donna Blake holds several ears of corn. It’s the farm stand where she and her husband sell the fresh produce they’ve grown. Blake is just happy to be able to enjoy farm life again […]

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Dr. Vinsant Awarded Hidden Scar Breast Certification

Jessica Vinsant, MD, FACS, of Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville has been recognized as a Hidden Scar Trained Surgeon for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery. Dr. Vinsant is among the first in the Knoxville region to perform this advanced approach to breast cancer surgery that hides scars, minimizing the daily emotional reminder of a breast […]

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2 Weeks to Freedom: Breast Conservation & Partial Breast Radiation are Game Changers

From Parkwest Health & Lifestyles Early detection not only saves lives. It can also give a breast cancer patient a shot at a better quality of life. Working together, Parkwest Medical Center and Parkwest Comprehensive Breast Center offer a plan that can dramatically alter a patient’s cancer story. Treatment only takes about two weeks, and […]

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Jobs that put you at greater risk for a hernia

It is estimated that about 5 percent of the population has a hernia.  What is a hernia? A hernia is a condition characterized by an organ pushing through an opening in a muscle or tissue that holds it in place. The abdomen is the most common site of the hernia, but it may also appear […]

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Quit smoking before surgery!

Smoking does more harm to the body than what one could have imagined. From the skin to the blood vessels, smoking can have detrimental health effects. It is for this reason why surgeons often recommend smoking patients to quit this habit before surgery.  What are the effects of smoking on patients having surgery? Several studies […]

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What is Peripheral Artery Disease?

Peripheral artery disease or hardening of the arteries is a condition that affects many Americans and a lot of our population. It’s a condition that restricts the blood flow to our organs, including our legs, heart, and brain.  It is estimated that about 10 to 12 Americans suffer from peripheral artery disease. Many of them […]

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Colon Cancer Survivor Admits: I Dodged a Bullet

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles Fort Sanders Regional Patient Promotes Early Detection When it came to health screenings, one word described Karen Russell: vigilant. A stroke survivor who worked at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center for years, she was always faithful about scheduling check-ups at her doctor’s office. Except for one. Every year, […]

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Dr. Williams Leads Parkwest Center for Bariatric Surgery

News From Parkwest Medical Center Bariatric surgery can often benefit morbidly obese people or those with obesity-related illnesses who have been unable to lose weight through other methods. Parkwest Medical Center’s Center for Bariatric Surgery is led by K. Robert Williams, MD, FACS, FASMBS, who is board certified in bariatric surgery with New Life Center […]

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Back on His Feet: Patient Walks with Confidence After Vascular Surgery

News from Parkwest Health & Lifestyles Walking down the street, up the stairs or at home, we tend to take our steps for granted until something stops us in our tracks. Don Proaps, 71, relaxes for a moment in his home in West Knox County, recalling how his steps came to a halt. It started […]

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