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's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His clinical interests include tonsilitis, hearing loss, and throat cancer. Patients gave Dr. Schaefer an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Schaefer honors. His education and training includes medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin and residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Schaefer is professionally affiliated with ThedaCare.

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

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

Dr. Robert Prehn is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patients gave Dr. Prehn an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: tonsilitis, endoscopic sinus surgery, and throat cancer. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Prehn 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 sees patients in Oshkosh, WI, Menasha, WI, and Neenah, WI. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Areas of expertise for Dr. Bechard include tonsilitis, endoscopic sinus surgery, and throat cancer. He is affiliated with ThedaCare. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Bechard attended the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school. Dr. Bechard is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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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 is a facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose and throat specialist in Appleton, WI. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. McAvoy include tonsilitis, hearing loss, and throat cancer. He is affiliated with ThedaCare. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. McAvoy attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

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

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1501 S Madison Street
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Darin Wright works as an otolaryngologist. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. Matthew Bettag specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Appleton, WI. These areas are among Dr. Bettag's clinical interests: tonsilitis, hearing loss, and throat cancer. He is rated highly by his patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bettag honors. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, he performed his residency at the University of Missouri Health System. 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 sees patients in Appleton, WI. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vandenberg honors. After attending the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Vandenberg is affiliated with ThedaCare.

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

Dr. Todd Meyer practices facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Meyer is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1501 S Madison Street
Appleton, WI
 

Dr. Gregory Swanson is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He works in Appleton, WI. Dr. Swanson has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He 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.