We found 4 head and neck surgeons who accept Humana Simplicity HMO Open Access Gold 02/100 near Valparaiso, IN.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2802 Leanard Drive
Valparaiso, IN
 

Dr. James Turk is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Turk accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2802 Leonard Drive
Valparaiso, IN
 

Dr. Michael Keenan's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Keenan takes. Dr. Keenan studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
Valparaiso, IN
 

Dr. Walter Rudzinski, who practices in Valparaiso, IN, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and head & neck plastic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Rudzinski average 2.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2802 Leonard Drive
Valparaiso, IN
 

Dr. Geoffrey Schwartz practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Valparaiso, IN. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended medical school at Boston University 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.
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