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

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

Dr. Kent Schaefer is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Schaefer's areas of expertise include the following: tonsilitis, hearing loss, and throat cancer. He is affiliated with ThedaCare. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schaefer honors. Dr. Schaefer graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin.

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

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

Dr. Robert Bechard is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Bechard is 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include tonsilitis, endoscopic sinus surgery, and throat cancer. He is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare. Dr. Bechard honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He completed his residency training 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 specialties are facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. McAvoy include tonsilitis, hearing loss, and throat cancer. He is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare. After attending A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, Dr. McAvoy completed his residency training at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. McAvoy's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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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, who practices in Appleton, WI, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Bettag has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Bettag include tonsilitis, hearing loss, 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. Before completing his residency at the University of Missouri Health System, Dr. Bettag attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School.

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

Specializes in Otolaryngology
1501 S Madison Street
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Darin Wright specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wright attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine.

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

Dr. Robert Prehn specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Oshkosh, WI, Menasha, WI, and Neenah, WI. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Prehn include tonsilitis, endoscopic sinus surgery, and throat cancer. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Prehn attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school. Dr. Prehn is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare.

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Clinical interests: Tinnitus, Allergies, Ear Cancer, Throat Problems, Ear Problems, Throat Cancer, Endoscopic Sinus ... (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. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Vandenberg is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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 is a specialist in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Appleton, WI. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1501 S Madison Street
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Gregory Swanson's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Swanson is a graduate of 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.
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