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We found 4 head and neck surgeons who accept Blue Choice near Midland, TX.

Dr. Robert Paul Fulmer, MD
Specializes in Allergy, Otolaryngology
4410 N Midkiff Road; Suite C7
Midland, TX
 

Dr. Robert Fulmer works as an allergist and otolaryngologist in Austin, TX, Bastrop, TX, and Midland, TX. Dr. Fulmer's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He trained at John Sealy Hospital for residency. Dr. Fulmer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Private Practice and Seton Healthcare Family.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2010 W Ohio Avenue
Midland, TX
 

Dr. Roberta Case is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Case attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. She has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2012 W Ohio Avenue
Midland, TX
 

Dr. Roger Traxel is a Midland, TX physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Traxel is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
2407 W Louisiana; Suite 104
Midland, TX
 

Dr. Vikram Patel is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Patel's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

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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.