GERD Awareness

November is GERD Awareness Month! What is GERD? GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a condition that occurs when the stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. The lower part of the esophagus is surrounded by a circular band of muscle. This is what we call the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). When we swallow, the […]

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Quit Smoking Before Surgery

If a smoker is scheduled for surgery, many surgeons have one common request – quit smoking. How does smoking affect people having surgery? Research shows that compared to nonsmokers, smokers are at higher risk of surgery-related complications, which include heart attack, stroke, shock, and even death. Smokers are also more prone to infection. Smoking can […]

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Liver Cancer Awareness

Each year, about 33,000 Americans are diagnosed with liver cancer. What is liver cancer? Liver cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the liver. Located on the right side of the abdominal area, just right under the rib cage, the liver helps maintain chemical levels in the blood and releases a product called […]

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Breast Cancer Treatment at Premier

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting American women. It’s also the second most common cause of cancer deaths in women. What is breast cancer? Breast cancer is a type of cancer that begins at the breast. Just like most types of cancer, breast cancer develops when the cells in the affected […]

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Meet Surgical Oncologist, Dr. Midis

The physicians of Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville treat a wide range of conditions including cancer. We have experienced surgical oncologists who have years of experience in performing cancer procedures. We are proud to introduce to you Surgical Oncologist Dr. Greg Midis. He serves patients at our Premier Surgical location at Fort Sanders Regional Medical […]

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What is a Surgery Package?

Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville offers surgical packages for select procedures. These surgical packages offer patients the same excellent care, but in one affordable, packaged cash price.  How does it work? The first step is choosing a procedure.  A few of the procedures we offer that are included in our surgery packages are: mole excision, […]

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Meet the Newest Member of the General Surgery Team, Dr. Schutter

At Premier Surgical Associates of Knoxville, we take pride in our surgical team who treats patients as family. We are very pleased to welcome Dr. David G. Schutter to our general surgical team at our Premier North Knoxville location serving Tennova North. Dr. Schutter is a board-certified general surgeon who specializes in treating foregut conditions […]

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Thyroid Cancer Treatment at Premier Surgical

The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 50,000 new cases of thyroid cancer and over 2,000 deaths from this cancer this year.  What is thyroid cancer? Thyroid cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is the butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the […]

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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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