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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Summer Travel Tips for Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are rarely life-threatening but they can be very uncomfortable. In fact, some will notice how their hemorrhoids have greatly affected their quality of life, and now with warmer weather, many wonder if fun summer trips are possible even with hemorrhoids. The specialists at Premier Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Knoxville, TN want you to understand […]

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Premier Surgical Welcomes Dr. Antiporda

We at Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville strive to provide excellent surgical care to our clients. We’re proud of our patient-centered and competent staff. This month, we’re happy to welcome a new member of our general surgical team – Dr. Michael Antiporda of Premier Surgical at Fort Sanders Regional. Let’s get to know him better: […]

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Premier Surgery Center

Premier Surgical Associates offers a variety of outpatient surgeries that are performed at the Premier Surgical Center on Papermill Drive, as well as minor in-office procedures that are performed at our convenient Knoxville area clinics. Surgery Center procedures performed at the Premier Papermill Drive facility include port placement and removal, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, laparoscopic and […]

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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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Surgery packages PSA

How many times have you gone into surgery, thinking you’re finally done with the most stressful part, only to receive multiple bills after it? You’re not alone.  Many patients experience what we call “sticker shock,” that is, receiving separate bills after their procedure. There’s one bill for the facility, another one for the surgeon, the […]

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