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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On the Road Again

After many miles on the road in his big rig, truck driver Perry Warren had settled into the back of the cab to sleep. His wife had taken the wheel. They were on the interstate near Phoenix, headed for California when Warren’s rest was very suddenly interrupted by piercing pain in his lower left abdomen. […]

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Denton Joins Premier Surgical as Business Director

Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville and Cleveland, TN, has named Angie Denton as the practice’s Director of Business Development. Denton holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing and has 18 years of experience in the Knoxville area healthcare market serving in business development and marketing roles for Tennova Healthcare. She serves […]

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Clinton Lady Grateful to Have Thyroid Surgery without a Neck Scar

When 48-year old Melissa Bingham’s physician recommended surgery to remove her thyroid and an enlarged, but noncancerous nodule on her thyroid, the Clinton, Tennessee woman cringed at the thought of a large scar across her neck. “As a woman I thought, ‘Do I really want to look like I’ve had my throat cut?’” confesses Bingham. […]

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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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