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We found 5 head and neck surgeons who accept Aetna Bronze EPO near The Woodlands, TX.

Dr. James Hao-Yuang Liu, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology
17450 St. Luke's Way; Suite 200
Conroe, TX
 

Dr. James Liu is a pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) specialist. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Liu's education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital, Tomball Regional Medical Center, and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Karen Anne Bednarski, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
9301 Pinecroft Drive; Suite 100
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Karen Bednarski practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Webster, TX, Pearland, TX, and Houston, TX. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare. After completing medical school at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Dr. Bednarski performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). She is professionally affiliated with Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
9305 Pinecroft Drive
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Stark's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Patients rated Dr. Stark highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stark accepts.

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Dr. Christian Patrick Conderman, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
9200 Pinecroft; Suite 425
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. Christian Conderman is a facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in The Woodlands, TX and Shenandoah, TX. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Conderman has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Conderman (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German. He is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Facial Problems, Plastic Surgery Procedures

Dr. James Antwi Owusu, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1120 Medical Plaza Drive
Shenandoah, TX
 

Dr. James Owusu is a medical specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital. Dr. Owusu accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota.

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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.