We are the Gallbladder Experts!

Your gallbladder may be small but it plays a large role in your body. Located on the right side of your belly, just below your liver is the gallbladder. The gallbladder plays a role in digestion. It stores and concentrates bile, the yellow-brown enzyme produced by the liver.  Bile helps in the digestive process by […]

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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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What is Vascular Ultrasound and How is it Used?

Vascular ultrasound is a general term used for non-invasive, painless tests that use high-frequency sound waves. It’s non-invasive and painless as it doesn’t require the use of needles, dyes, radiation, or anesthesia.  These tests are used to create images of the blood vessels, including the arteries and the veins.  How does the vascular ultrasound work? […]

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Hemorrhoids and Pregnancy

Pregnancy can cause a lot of changes to your body. While these changes are signs that your little one is growing inside you, they may cause some unpleasant health issues like hemorrhoids. What are hemorrhoids? Also known as piles, hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your anus and lower part of your rectum. They are very […]

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Do I Have Appendicitis?

Appendicitis or inflammation of the appendix is a medical emergency. In most cases, it requires surgery to remove the appendix and prevent further infection. What’s the function of the appendix and where is it located? Your appendix is that 4-inch long, thin tube, found in your lower right abdomen. It’s sitting on that spot where […]

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Limb Loss Awareness Month

Limb loss is one of the serious complications of PAD or peripheral artery disease. Over 8 million Americans have PAD. It’s a condition associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, limitation in function, and its severe form, critical limb ischemia (CLI) PAD and Critical Limb Ischemia CLI is the advanced stage of PAD.  PAD […]

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Colorectal Cancer Screening and treatment at PSA

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed among men and women in the United States.  What is colorectal cancer? Colorectal cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the rectum or colon. It can be named colon or rectal cancer, depending on where it started. Most cases of colorectal cancer start with […]

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Good Nutrition Can Help You with Any Kind of Surgery

Surgery is like a sport. If you’re not well trained for it, if you’re not prepared, you can’t expect a good outcome. As surgery poses catabolic stress on the body, which could trigger inflammation and affect the immune response, getting proper nutrition is vital – before and after surgery.  The Role of Good Nutrition Studies […]

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Kidney Month

Your kidneys are one of the most vital organs of your body. These bean-shaped organs, which are located on either side of your spine, remove waste products and excess fluid. They also play a vital role in regulating your body’s salt, potassium, and acid content. When your kidneys are damaged, your body’s ability to filter […]

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Gallbladder Month

Your gallbladder may be small but it plays a vital role in your digestion. It stores and concentrates bile, the digestive enzyme produced by the liver.  Bile helps in breaking up fats and draining waste products from the liver into the small intestine.  The physicians of Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville and Cleveland, TN want […]

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