We found 6 head and neck surgeons who accept Medicare near Soquel, CA.

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Dr. Ryan Lee Kau, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2950 Research Park
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Ryan Kau's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kau is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. He obtained his medical school training at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Turbinate Reduction Surgery, Food Allergy, Sinus Surgery, Fractures, Facial Problems, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Paul E Krause, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Paul Krause, who practices in Santa Cruz, CA and Soquel, CA, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: chronic sinusitis, endoscopic sinus surgery, and thyroid surgery. Dr. Krause is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Krause studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Neck Surgery, Thyroid Surgery, Chronic Sinusitis, Head Surgery

Dr. Douglas G Hetzler, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Douglas Hetzler specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He graduated from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Hetzler is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hetzler is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Theresa Gurney is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Soquel, CA and San Mateo, CA. Dr. Gurney graduated from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). She has a closed panel.

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Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology and Neurotology, Other, Otolaryngic Allergy, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1595 Soquel Drive; 230
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Spilman specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat), otology and neurotology, and otolaryngic allergy and practices in Santa Cruz, CA and Freedom, CA. He is rated highly by his patients. He is affiliated with Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz. Dr. Spilman accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School.

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Clinical interests: Turbinate Reduction Surgery, Deviated Septum, Surfer's Ear, Otoplasty, Food Allergy, Fractures, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology and Neurotology, Other, Otolaryngic Allergy
1595 Soquel Drive; Suite 230
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Marc Seftel's medical specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat), otology and neurotology, and otolaryngic allergy. Dr. Seftel is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from the University of Lausanne Faculty of Biology and Medicine. He is conversant in French. Dr. Seftel is affiliated with Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz.

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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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