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

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Dr. Joseph M Damiani, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Otolaryngology
2407 W Louisiana Avenue; Suite 102
Midland, TX
 

Dr. Joseph Damiani works as a facial plastic surgeon, hand surgeon, and ear, nose and throat specialist. Dr. Damiani graduated from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Damiani accepts. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2010 W Ohio Avenue
Midland, TX
 

Dr. Roberta Case works as an otolaryngologist. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Case has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Vikram Patel, who practices in Midland, TX, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Patel is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He is a graduate of SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2012 W Ohio Avenue
Midland, TX
 

Dr. Roger Traxel is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Midland, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Traxel average 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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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