We found 5 head and neck surgeons who accept BlueCross BlueShield of Texas near Pearland, TX.

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Dr. Ifeolumipo Obianuju Sofola, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
9223 Broadway Street; Suite 103
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Ifeolumipo Sofola specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Sofola include eyelid surgery, radiesse, and restylane. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Sofola's training includes a residency program at National Naval Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Eyelid Surgery, Septoplasty, Botox Injection, Rhinoplasty, Laser Resurfacing, Nose Surgery, Lip ... (Read more)

Dr. Cynthia Poindexter Poindexter, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
11914 Astoria Boulevard; Suite 500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Cynthia Tarver specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Tarver's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Dr. Kathleen Rose McDonald, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
11914 Astoria Boulevard; Suite 500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Kathleen McDonald's medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. McDonald takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. McDonald attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. She is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Ear Infection, Allergies, Throat Problems, Sinus Problems, Head and Neck Cancer

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
11914 Astoria Boulevard; Suite 555
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Cuong Nguyen is a Houston, TX physician who specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and Des Moines General Hospital. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Nguyen takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
3312 Cactus Heights Lane
Pearland, TX
 

Dr. Ryan Ridley's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Ridley studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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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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