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We found 9 head and neck surgeons who accept Humana Open Access near Appleton, WI.

Dr. Kent Carlton Schaefer, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1520 N Meade Street
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Kent Schaefer is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Appleton, WI. Dr. Schaefer attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schaefer include tonsilitis, hearing loss, and throat cancer. The average patient rating for Dr. Schaefer is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Schaefer is affiliated with ThedaCare.

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Clinical interests: Tinnitus, Allergies, Throat Problems, Neck Cancer, Ear Problems, Throat Cancer, Sleep Apnea, Nose ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1501 S Madison Street
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Darin Wright is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Wright is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Dr. Robert B Prehn, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
2005 Midway Road
Menasha, WI
 

Dr. Robert Prehn is an otolaryngologist. He attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin for residency. Dr. Prehn's areas of expertise include the following: tonsilitis, endoscopic sinus surgery, and throat cancer. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Prehn accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with ThedaCare.

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Clinical interests: Tinnitus, Allergies, Ear Cancer, Throat Problems, Ear Problems, Throat Cancer, Endoscopic Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert J Bechard, MD
Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
2005 Midway Road
Menasha, WI
 

Dr. Robert Bechard's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Bechard's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include tonsilitis, endoscopic sinus surgery, and throat cancer. He is affiliated with ThedaCare. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He studied medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Bechard's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin.

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Clinical interests: Tinnitus, Allergies, Ear Cancer, Throat Problems, Ear Problems, Throat Cancer, Endoscopic Sinus ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael James McAvoy, DO
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1520 N Meade Street
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Michael McAvoy's areas of specialization are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. McAvoy's clinical interests include tonsilitis, hearing loss, and throat cancer. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He is affiliated with ThedaCare.

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Clinical interests: Tinnitus, Allergies, Ear Cancer, Facial Cancer, Throat Problems, Skin Cancer, Ear Problems, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Edward Bettag, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1520 N Meade Street
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Matthew Bettag specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, Dr. Bettag completed his residency training at the University of Missouri Health System. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bettag include tonsilitis, hearing loss, and throat cancer. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bettag is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with ThedaCare.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Tinnitus, Allergies, Throat Problems, Ear Problems, Throat Cancer, Sleep Apnea, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven James Vandenberg, MD
Specializes in Otolaryngology
1520 N Meade Street
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Steven Vandenberg is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist in Appleton, WI. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Vandenberg obtained his medical school training at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. He is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare.

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Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
1501 S Madison Street
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Todd Meyer sees patients in Appleton, WI. His medical specialties are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1501 S Madison Street
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Gregory Swanson sees patients in Appleton, WI. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). On average, patients gave Dr. Swanson a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Rush Medical College.

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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.