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We found 4 head and neck surgeons who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Santa Barbara, CA.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
735 El Rodeo Road
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. Bernard Drury is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Oakland, CA and Santa Barbara, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. Dr. Drury takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and Stanford University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Drury trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Drury has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Dr. David F Lapatka, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
215 Pesetas Lane
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. David Lapatka's specialties are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He practices in Santa Barbara, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Lapatka is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
215 Pesetas Lane
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Mester works as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Santa Barbara, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Mester average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mester is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended medical school at Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mester (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hungarian and German.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
215 Pesetas Lane
Santa Barbara, CA
 

Dr. Rabindra Braganza's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Braganza graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.