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We found 4 head and neck surgeons who accept Humana Simplicity near Killeen, TX.

Dr. Ryan Palivela Raju, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
2405 S. Clear Creek Road
Killeen, TX

Dr. Ryan Raju practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Raju obtained his medical school training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Alpha Omega Alpha.

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Clinical interests: Throat Problems, Ear Problems, Nose Problems, Cancer

Dr. Christopher Himmelheber, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
2405 S Clear Creek Road; Suite 350
Killeen, TX

Dr. Christopher Himmelheber sees patients in Killeen, TX and Dallas, TX. His medical specialties are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). The average patient rating for Dr. Himmelheber is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Tripler Army Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Septoplasty, Rhinoplasty, Ear Infection, Allergies, Eardrum Repair, Hoarseness, Sinus Surgery, Skin ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Allergy, Otolaryngology
2207 S Clear Creek Road; Suite 303
Killeen, TX

Dr. Shrikant Rishi works as an allergist and ear, nose and throat specialist in Killeen, TX. He attended medical school at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College. Dr. Rishi's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
800 W. Central Texas Expressway; Suite 205
Harker Heights, TX

Dr. Jacob Minor, who practices in Harker Heights, TX, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Minor accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado, Denver Health Medical Center, and the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH).

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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.