We found 4 head and neck surgeons who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Santa Barbara, CA.

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Dr. David F Lapatka, MD
Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
215 Pesetas Lane
Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. David Lapatka is a facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist. The average patient rating for Dr. Lapatka is 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Lapatka include eyelid surgery, rosacea, and dermabrasion. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lapatka studied medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine.

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Clinical interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Septoplasty, Botox Injection, Rhinoplasty, Dysport Injection, CO2 ... (Read more)

Specializes in Otolaryngology
735 El Rodeo Road
Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Bernard Drury is an otolaryngologist in Oakland, CA and Santa Barbara, CA. Dr. Drury is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation HMO Network, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Summit Campus. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and CIGNA Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and Stanford University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Drury has received professional recognition including the following: San Francisco Super Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
215 Pesetas Lane
Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Andrew Mester sees patients in Santa Barbara, CA. His medical specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He attended medical school at Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mester's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mester takes. Dr. Mester (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hungarian and German.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
215 Pesetas Lane
Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Rabindra Braganza, who practices in Santa Barbara, CA, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Braganza graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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