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We found 4 head and neck surgeons who accept United Healthcare Bronze HMO near Orange Park, FL.

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Dr. Jason David Meier, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
11701 San Jose Boulevard; Suite 211
Jacksonville, FL
 

Dr. Jason Meier is a Jacksonville, FL physician who specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He studied medicine at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Meier is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. David Craig Pearson, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1835 East West Parkway; Suite 19
Orange Park, FL
 

Dr. David Pearson's medical specialty is facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. 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. Dr. Pearson graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2035 Professional Center Drive; Suite A
Orange Park, FL
 

Dr. J. Ruggiero works as an ear, nose and throat specialist in Orange Park, FL. The average patient rating for Dr. Ruggiero is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2035 Professional Center Drive; Suite A
Orange Park, FL
 

Dr. Nicholas Herrero is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Orange Park, FL. He studied medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Herrero honors 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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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.