We found 4 head and neck surgeons who accept Blue Advantage Plus Silver 102 - Three $0 PCP Visits near Abilene, TX.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
1665 Antilley Road; Suite 160
Abilene, TX
 

Dr. Jason Acevedo is an otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Acevedo honors. Dr. Acevedo has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
average rating 4.75 stars (1 rating)
1665 Antilley Road; Suite 180
Abilene, TX
 

Dr. Thomas Cotney, who practices in Abilene, TX, is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Cotney is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Other, Otolaryngology
average rating 5 stars (2 ratings)
702 Hickory Street; Suite B
Abilene, TX
 

Dr. William Akin specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Akin is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Otolaryngology
average rating 4 stars (14 ratings)
2217 S Danville Drive
Abilene, TX
 

Dr. Austin King is a medical specialist in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. King honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

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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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