Sevierville Woman Back in the Garden After Robotic-Assisted Surgery

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles Jean Beam of Sevierville thought she just had acid reflux. She knew this was probably a side effect from a hiatal hernia that she’d had for years, but one day she began vomiting non-stop, prompting a visit to her nearest emergency room. “I knew I had a hiatal […]

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Fast Stroke Treatment Puts Trucker on Road to Recovery

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles After a sudden stroke at a truck stop in East Tennessee, trucker Dave Foster of Arizona underwent a carotid endarterectomy at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville earlier this year.  The 67 year old is home in Arizona now, happy to be alive and grateful for his […]

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Physician Teamwork Scores a Win for Former Pro Baseball Star

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles After a rewarding career in professional baseball, Ty Taubenheim, 38, was ready to step off the pitcher’s mound and follow a new path. He chose the field of nursing and began his career with his first job as an emergency department nurse at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center […]

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What You Need to Know About Kidney Disease

Your fist-sized kidneys are important for your overall health. They are responsible for filtering waste products and excess water from your body. They also play a vital role in the regulation of pH, salt and potassium, absorption of vitamin D, and production of a hormone that regulates the blood pressure and controls the production of […]

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Prompt Surgery to Remove Cancer Gives Woman Continued Quality of Life

Parkwest Health & Lifestyles Unexpected Diagnosis Barbara Kimmett, 72, of Farragut Kimmett came to the emergency department at Parkwest Medical Center one morning in February 2018 with a bowel obstruction. She wasn’t too concerned because it was something her mother had experienced as well. “When they told me I had a bowel obstruction I thought, […]

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Family Matters: Double Mastectomy Puts Patient at Ease

After her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis, healthcare professional Velvet Giddens  sought genetic testing for the breast cancer gene mutation known as BRCA. When the test came back positive, indicating a high risk of developing cancer herself, she underwent a preventive mastectomy, or surgical removal of both breasts. “It’s a double-edged sword when you become the […]

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Is Genetic Testing Right for Me?

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer death rates decreased steadily from 1989 to 2015 because of improved treatments and early detection by mammography. In 2015, relative survival rates for women diagnosed with breast cancer were 91 percent at five years after diagnosis, 86 percent after 10 years, and 80 percent after 15 years. […]

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Double Punch – Patient Beats Breast Cancer Twice

When breast cancer patients arrive for radiation treatments, they are sometimes filled with fear and sadness, or great hope and faith. Most of them don’t know they have a friend nearby who understands those feelings on a personal level. Wilma Cason, 74, is a department assistant at the Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center, a department of […]

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Man’s 3rd Hernia Repair is Easiest, Thanks to Robotic Assistance

Surgical techniques have improved drastically over the last 60 years, and no one knows that better than Frank Hamner, 76, of Knoxville. Hamner has undergone three different hernia repairs over the years as a result of an inguinal (groin) hernia. This type of hernia occurs when the abdominal wall is weak and begins to separate […]

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Surgical Options for GERD Patients

GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease affects about 20 percent of the population. We interviewed Dr. Michael Antiporda, a general surgeon with Premier Surgical Associates with fellowship training focused on esophagus and stomach surgery, to explain surgical options for GERD patients. When should one consider surgery? “When GERD is proven by testing and medicines do not […]

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