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We found 3 head and neck surgeons who accept CIGNA PPO near Los Alamitos, CA.

Ayal Willner MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat)
10861 cherry Street; #303
los alamitos, CA
(562) 427-0550; (562) 596-9889

Dr. Ayal Willner is a pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) specialist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Willner is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Willner graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Willner (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Filipino, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless/Transfusion Free Med

Dr. Cecil John Folmar MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat), Plastic Surgery
230 Hospital Circle; #a
Westminster, CA
(714) 894-4745

Dr. Cecil Folmar's medical specialty is plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient ratings for Dr. Folmar average 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Folmar is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Folmar honors. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Folmar speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Eyelid Surgery, Facial Implants, Chemical Peels, IPL, Fractional CO2 Laser Treatments, Injectable ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat)
3801 Katella Avenue; Suite 425
Los Alamitos, CA
(562) 431-2556

Dr. Lawrence Shapiro is an otolaryngologist. In his practice, Dr. Shapiro focuses on balance disorders (vestibular disorders). The average patient rating for Dr. Shapiro is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Shapiro is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Balance Disorders


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What is Head and Neck Surgery?

Head and neck surgery is a subspecialty that provides advanced surgical care for the head, face, neck, and throat. Most head and neck surgeons begin their careers as otolaryngologists (ENTs) or plastic surgeons, but becoming certified as a head and neck surgeon requires additional training.

A surgeon who treats the head and neck has very specific considerations to take into account when operating. The delicate structures of the head and neck control our senses, our speech, our ability to chew and swallow food, and even our ability to breathe. A head and neck surgeon has to be careful to preserve the many functions of the head and neck when performing an operation. Also, when operating on or around the face, extreme care must be taken to leave as few scars as possible, since the face is a critical part of identity and social interaction. It all adds up to a tricky job.

Some of the issues a head and neck surgeon might treat include:
  • Cancer
  • Trauma to the face or neck
  • Thyroid disorders requiring surgery
  • Sinus surgery
  • Tonsillectomies / adenoidectomies
  • Cleft palate repair
  • Disorders of the larynx (voice box)

Cancers, especially of the esophagus, mouth, lips, and skin around the face or throat, are one of the most common issues requiring head or neck surgery. Most often, head and neck cancers are related to tobacco use. Chewing tobacco in particular affects the lips and mouth. Other risk factors for head and neck cancers include alcohol use and sun exposure.

Often after surgery, but particularly after the removal of a tumor, head and neck surgeons will perform reconstructive surgery, including microvascular surgery to connect or replace skin tissue. The goal is to restore not only a patient’s function but also their appearance in this critical area of the body, improving self-esteem.