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 specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). The average patient rating for Dr. Drury is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Drury accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and Stanford University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Drury has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Alta Bates Medical Group (ABMG), and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. Dr. Drury is accepting new patients.

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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 areas of specialization are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Lapatka is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lapatka include eyelid surgery, rosacea, and dermabrasion. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lapatka takes. After attending Creighton University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine.

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Clinical interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Septoplasty, Botox Injection, Rhinoplasty, Dysport Injection, CO2 ... (Read more)

Specializes in Otolaryngology
215 Pesetas Lane
Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Andrew Mester works as an otolaryngologist. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Mester attended medical school at Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mester (or staff) is conversant in Hungarian and German.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
215 Pesetas Lane
Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Rabindra Braganza sees patients in Santa Barbara, CA. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Braganza studied medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as 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.

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