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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 is an ear, nose and throat specialist. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Raju graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He has received the distinction of 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 specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). The average patient rating for Dr. Himmelheber is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Himmelheber attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Tripler Army Medical Center for residency. Dr. Himmelheber is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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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 specializes in allergy and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Killeen, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Rishi average 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rishi takes. Dr. Rishi is a graduate of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College.

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

Dr. Jacob Minor's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Minor studied medicine at Baylor College 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.