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We found 8 head and neck surgeons near Yakima, WA.

Dr. Rick D Gross, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1601 Creekside Loop
Yakima, WA
 

Dr. Rick Gross practices facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Yakima, WA. He accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Gross is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1601 Creekside Loop
Yakima, WA
 

Dr. Robert Schefter is an otolaryngologist in Yakima, WA. Dr. Schefter studied medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
307 S 12th Avenue; Suite 12
Yakima, WA
 

Dr. James Abbenhaus is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He graduated from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
3999 Englewood Avenue; Suite 201
Yakima, WA
 

Dr. Ryan Black is a Yakima, WA physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He studied medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He honors Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
311 S 72nd Avenue
Yakima, WA
 

Dr. See Young Yang specializes in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Yang attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. He honors Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1601 Creekside Loop
Yakima, WA
 

Dr. Palmer Wright practices facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Yakima, WA. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Wright graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
101 Gilbert Drive
Yakima, WA
 

Dr. James Egan is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He studied medicine at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1601 Creekside Loop
Yakima, WA
 

Dr. Bichngoc Nguyen is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She works in Yakima, WA. She is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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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.