Head And Neck Surgery Specialists

The head and neck are two of the most intricate parts of the human body. When a patient needs surgery in this area, it’s important to work with an experienced surgeon who has a reputation for success. Clifford Chew, MD, and Dexter Louie, MD, offer head and neck surgery to patients of all ages at Pacific ENT. To learn more about head and neck surgery, please call the office in Chinatown, San Francisco, today.

Head and Neck Surgery Q & A

What types of procedures are considered head and neck surgery?

The field of head and neck surgery encompasses many different procedures, including:

  • Removing the tonsils
  • Removal of head and neck tumors
  • Sinus surgery
  • Ear tube surgery
  • Ear tube removal

When is head and neck surgery necessary?

A variety of different problems can make head and neck surgery a possible treatment. Conditions that may benefit from treatment with head and neck surgery include:

  • Chronic tonsillitis
  • Repeated strep infections
  • Repeated ear infections
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Chronic snoring
  • Tumors of the head or neck

However, alternative treatments are available for many of these issues, and these other treatment options may be less risky than surgery. Dr. Chew or Dr. Louie will go over all of your treatment options in detail so you can make the best choice.

What are the risks of head and neck surgery?

As with all types of surgery, head and neck surgery poses some risks to the patient. If you undergo head and neck surgery, you may have a bad reaction to the anesthesia, but the risk of this complication is low. Other risks of head and neck surgery include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Damage to healthy tissues

Every head and neck surgery is different, and some surgeries may have specific risks. Dr. Chew or Dr. Louie will cover all of the possible side effects and complications associated with your procedure before you schedule the surgery.

How long is the recovery?

The recovery period for head and neck surgery varies considerably based on the type of surgery, your current physical condition, and other factors. Your doctor will tell you how long you should expect your recovery period to last. He will also provide you with detailed instructions for at-home care, as well as a list of any restrictions on your activities.

Does head and neck surgery require hospitalization?

Head and neck surgery usually requires general anesthesia, but you won’t necessarily need to go to the hospital. Many head and neck procedures can be performed in the office. Dr. Chew and Dr. Louie will tell you whether you need to be hospitalized for your surgery.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

At Pacific ENT, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept and for the full list, please click here. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.

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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Shield of California
Brown & Toland
Great West Health Care
Health Net
Hill Physicians Medical Group
MultiPlan / PHCS
United Healthcare
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San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-433-7945
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