We found 4 head and neck surgeons who accept CIGNA PPO near Los Alamitos, CA.

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Dr. Nina S Yoshpe, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 303
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Nina Yoshpe's specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). The average patient rating for Dr. Yoshpe is 4.0 stars out of 5. In her practice, she is particularly interested in sinuplasty. Dr. Yoshpe's professional affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. Before performing her residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Yoshpe attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University for medical school. Dr. Yoshpe has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Top Women Southern California Super Doctors; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Yoshpe (or staff) is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Sinuplasty

Dr. Ayal Willner, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
10861 Cherry Street; Suite 303
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Ayal Willner is a pediatric otolaryngologist in Long Beach, CA, Los Alamitos, CA, and Irvine, CA. Dr. Willner (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew, Filipino, and Spanish. In his practice, he is particularly interested in bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Los Alamitos Medical Center, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then went on to complete his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The average patient rating for Dr. Willner is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Willner takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Los Angeles Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery

Dr. Cecil John Folmar, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
230 Hospital Circle; #a
Westminster, CA
 

Dr. Cecil Folmar works as a plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist. Dr. Folmar 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). Areas of expertise for Dr. Folmar include hand surgery procedures. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Folmar is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Facial Problems, Surgical Procedures, Hand Surgery Procedures

Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
3801 Katella Avenue; Suite 425
Los Alamitos, CA
 

Dr. Lawrence Shapiro is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Los Alamitos, CA. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Shapiro's clinical interests include balance disorders (vestibular disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Shapiro trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois for residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shapiro honors.

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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.
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