Cancer Treatment at Premier

The physicians of Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville and Cleveland, TN, are experienced in performing cancer surgery. What is cancer surgery? Cancer surgery is basically a type of surgical procedure used to treat cancer. Traditionally, surgeons perform cancer surgery by removing all of cancer, including the healthy surrounding tissues. In many cases, lymph nodes in […]

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Healthy Habits Before Surgery

If you’re waiting for a scheduled surgery or for a surgery to be scheduled, the team at Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville and Cleveland wants you to know there are things you can do in days or weeks before to increase your chances of a successful outcome. Establishing these healthy habits are also important to […]

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Best Exercises for People with Hernias

Exercise can be one of the effective ways of managing some chronic health conditions, including hernia. However, when done improperly or with certain exercises, it may also worsen a hernia and exacerbate its symptoms. Exercising with a hernia You can exercise if you have a hernia. The key is focusing on exercises that won’t strain […]

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Hypothyroidism vs Hyperthyroidism

Your thyroid gland is the butterfly-shaped gland found at the base of your front neck. It sits below your Adam’s apple, just along the front of the windpipe. The thyroid gland produces hormones that influence the body’s metabolism, body temperature, and growth and development. During infancy and childhood, thyroid hormones play a crucial role in […]

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Appendicitis: Symptoms and its Treatment Options

In your lower right abdomen is a thin tube called the appendix. This organ sits where your small intestine meets your large intestine. This four-inch tube is believed to be an evolutionary holdover that doesn’t really provide benefit to your body or health. Because its exact function is unclear, many of us rarely pay attention […]

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How to Communicate with Your Surgeon

The team at Premier Surgical in Knoxville and Cleveland wants you to know that being nervous before a surgical procedure is very normal. One way to alleviate this is by talking to your surgeon prior to your surgery. What to ask your surgeon Here are some of the questions you may want to ask your […]

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The Importance of Handwashing

Handwashing is one of the simplest yet one of the most effective ways we can do to prevent the spread of diseases. The physicians of Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville and Cleveland want to remind everyone that handwashing is one of the most important steps we can take to keep ourselves and others from getting […]

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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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Healthy Skin Month!

November is National Healthy Skin Month! The skin is the largest organ of the body, so it’s very important to take good care of it. The physicians of Premier Surgical in Knoxville and Cleveland, TN, want to remind you that one of the simplest yet one of the most important things to take good care […]

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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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