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We found 7 head and neck surgeons who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Everyday Health near Fort Myers, FL.

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Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
3487 Broadway
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. John Donaldson's medical specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). The average patient rating for Dr. Donaldson is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Donaldson honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He has received professional recognition including the following: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
39 Barkley Circle
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Phillip Andrews works as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Fort Myers, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Andrews takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Andrews has received the following distinction: Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
4571 Colonial Boulevard; Suite 210
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Anthony Anfuso's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia.

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Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
12431 Brantley Commons Court; Suite 102
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Douglas Gottschalk sees patients in Fort Myers, FL. His medical specialty is pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat). He graduated from Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Gottschalk is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
39 Barkley Circle
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Richard Lane's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Lane has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He studied medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
39 Barkley Circle
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Veingsouk Phommachanh's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Phommachanh graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
13691 Metro Parkway; Suite 420
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Harold Kushner, who practices in Fort Myers, FL, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patients gave Dr. Kushner an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kushner accepts. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

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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.