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We found 8 head and neck surgeons near Eau Claire, WI.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
900 W Clairemont Avenue; Head and Neck Center
Eau Claire, WI
 

Dr. Rima Abraham, who practices in Eau Claire, WI, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). She takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Abraham graduated from Temple University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
4956 Bullis Farm Road
Eau Claire, WI
 

Dr. Michelle Facer practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) in Eau Claire, WI. Dr. Facer is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2116 Craig Road
Eau Claire, WI
 

Dr. Thomas Lowry is an otolaryngologist. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Lowry attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
733 W Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI
 

Dr. Jeffrey Bartynski specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and practices in Eau Claire, WI. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
733 W Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI
 

Dr. James Miettunen's area of specialization is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Miettunen graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
733 W Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI
 

Dr. Patrick Shinners is a specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He obtained his medical school training at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic Surgery, Otology and Neurotology, Sleep Medicine, Otolaryngic Allergy, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
1490 Rivers Edge Trail
Altoona, WI
 

Dr. Robert Defatta, who practices in Altoona, WI, is a medical specialist in pediatric otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat), facial plastic surgery, and otology and neurotology. Dr. Defatta is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
2116 Craig Road
Eau Claire, WI
 

Dr. Stanley Norman is an ear, nose and throat specialist. Dr. Norman studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

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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.