Back on His Feet: Patient Walks with Confidence After Vascular Surgery

News from Parkwest Health & Lifestyles Walking down the street, up the stairs or at home, we tend to take our steps for granted until something stops us in our tracks. Don Proaps, 71, relaxes for a moment in his home in West Knox County, recalling how his steps came to a halt. It started […]

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TCAR— An Innovative Technique For Stroke Patients

Every year, about 140,000 Americans die from stroke. Carotid disease, blockage of the carotid arteries that deliver oxygenated blood to the brain, remains one of the leading causes of stroke. For many years, surgeons utilized carotid endarterectomy and carotid stenting as main treatment options for patients at risk of stroke. However, these procedures pose a […]

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What is a Vascular Surgeon?

A vascular surgeon is a specialist who diagnoses, treats, and manages conditions of the arteries and veins.  Also known as the blood vessels, the arteries and veins are considered as the roadways of the circulatory system. The arteries carry the oxygen-rich blood while the veins carry the blood back to the heart. When any of […]

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Dr. Reisser Joins Premier Surgical

General and Vascular Surgeon J. Randolph Reisser, MD, FACS, has joined Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville. Dr. Reisser is serving patients at Tennova Turkey Creek Medical Center, and at Premier Surgical’s offices in Maryville and on Papermill Drive in Knoxville. Dr. Reisser has practiced in the Knoxville and Maryville area for more than 20 years […]

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Vascular Treatment Eases Knox Lady’s Leg Pain

Inflicted by severe leg pain for years, 58-year old Rhonda of Knoxville could barely make it through her work day. “I’m a bookkeeper, but also work at a donut shop. During a busy day I’m on the floor from 7 am to 3:30 pm. By the time I got off work, all I could stand […]

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Vascular and Heart Disease

Blood vessels are a network of tubes through which the blood is pumped throughout the body. The arteries are the ones that carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to different parts of the body, including the brain, intestines, kidneys, arms, and legs. However, it is the veins that carry the blood back to the heart. […]

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Law & Aorta: Premier Surgeons Mend Retired Detective’s Tell-tale Heart

From Fort Sanders Health & Lifestyles Lt. Joe Kenda, TV’s Homicide Hunter, is showing in the living room of John and Barbara Mohl’s Sevierville condominium, but neither is watching. That’s because Mohl, a retired detective with the New York Police Department, has plenty of true crime stories of his own. Whether working the notorious “Son […]

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What You Should Know About Carotid Artery Disease

According to the National Institutes of Health, strokes affect over half a million people each year, and are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 30% of strokes are caused by carotid artery disease. “The hallmark of carotid disease and the reason we fix it, is stroke prevention,” says Dr. Deanna […]

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Smoking: “Worst Culprit” in Vascular Disease

She had tried to quit countless times without success, but when doctors told Premier Surgical vascular patient Cathy Robinson her smoking could cause her to lose her legs she listened and, with the help of step-down nicotine patches, gave up smoking. “I know that smoking is not good for you, I’ve known it all my […]

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New Premier Vascular Surgeon Enjoys Getting to Know Her Patients

Growing up, she was one of the few girls in her Biology class who actually enjoyed dissecting pigs. “I thought Biology was great and always knew I would do something in science,” explains Deanna Nelson, MD, a vascular surgeon who recently joined Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville. In college she developed an interest in surgery […]

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