We found 5 head and neck surgeons who accept Coventry HMO near Melbourne, FL.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1223 Gateway Drive; Suite 1e
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Gisela Wagner specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). The average patient rating for Dr. Wagner is 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Wagner studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1223 Gateway Drive
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Joyce Lynch is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Lynch is rated highly by her patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lynch honors.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1223 Gateway Drive; Suite 1g
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Daniel Sullivan practices otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Sullivan's average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1344 S Apollo Boulevard; Suite 301
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Timothy O'Hare's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient reviews placed Dr. O'Hare at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1324 Valentine Street
Melbourne, FL
 

Dr. Jose Ruiz's specialty is otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Patient ratings for Dr. Ruiz average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ruiz honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, 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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