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We found 7 head and neck surgeons who accept Medicare near Soquel, CA.

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

Dr. Paul Krause's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Krause is conversant in Spanish. He has a special interest in chronic sinusitis, endoscopic sinus surgery, and thyroid surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Krause is rated highly by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Ryan Kau is an otolaryngologist in Soquel, CA. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Kau honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Before completing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Kau attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Kau's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Douglas Hetzler's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hetzler accepts. Before completing his residency at Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Hetzler attended medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Hetzler is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Thomas V Barker, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology and Neurotology, Other, Otolaryngic Allergy, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1595 Soquel Drive
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Barker specializes in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat), otology and neurotology, and otolaryngic allergy. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Barker graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Barker (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Italian. Dr. Barker is professionally affiliated with Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Fine Needle Aspiration, Turbinate Reduction Surgery, Tinnitus, Deviated Septum, Rhinoplasty, Ear ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2950 Research Park Drive
Soquel, CA
 

Dr. Theresa Gurney's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Gurney is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group (MPMG). She is not accepting new patients at this time.

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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. Dr. Spilman's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School.

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Clinical interests: Turbinate Reduction Surgery, Deviated Septum, Otoplasty, Food Allergy, Fractures, Facial Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Marc Seftel works as a pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist, otologist and neurotologist, and otolaryngic allergist in Santa Cruz, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Seftel honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of the University of Lausanne Faculty of Biology and Medicine. He speaks French. Dr. Seftel is professionally 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.