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Dr. Michael Wolfe

Head & Neck Surgery
Sammamish, WA
23 years experience male

Locations

Pacific Medical Centers

Seattle, WA

Address

1101 Madison Street, Suite 700, Seattle, WA
Directions

Practice website

Fax

2065051258

Office

Seattle, WA

Office

Seattle, WA

About

Bio

I grew up in Montana. I moved to the Pacific Northwest, where I completed undergrad and medical school. I then moved to Utah, then Ohio for further training in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. I enjoy a practice taking care of many general otolaryngology problems, but much of my practice is focused on thyroid and parathyroid surgery. I also take care of other "lumps and bumps" in the head and neck area. In my free time I enjoy soccer (watching and playing), photography, and kayaking.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Head & Neck Surgery

ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Surgery - Head & Neck

Languages spoken

English, German

Doctor Q&A

230 Answers
55 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Irrigate the nose: Nasal saline irrigation can help your problem. Neilmed has an easy to use irrigation bottle, they also make the neti-pot, but there are many others. ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
It's a waiting game: I agree that permanent profound hypoparathyroidism is rare. It would be nice to know if you have any detectable parathyroid hormone. If you do, then... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Learning disabilitie: Sleep apnea has been shown to increase the risk of learning disabilities. There is also a risk of behavioral problems similar to adhd. There area my t... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
10-14 days: Most acute sinus infections are viral and can get better on their own in 10-14 days. If they last longer, then you may need an antibiotic for a bacte... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Very common problem: Thyroid nodules are very common. We do not know why they appear. They normally do not cause functional changes in the thyroid. Once they are found,... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Rinse it.: A quick easy and natural way to unplug the nose is with a saline rinse (neti-pot, neilmed sinus irrigator). It is cheap and effective. Another way f... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Ointment: A small amount of antibiotic ointment can help. Hydrocortisone can too. Saline irrigation of the nose can help the allergies quickly and cheaply. O... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
See a doctor: Sore throat and bleeding needs to be seen by a doctor. An otolaryngologist (ENT) can easily look in your throat to see where it might be coming from.... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: The breathing tube, called an endotracheal tube, goes through your mouth and into your windpipe (trachea). This allows doctors to breathe for you usi... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: I have patients that have had half of the gland removed. The other half can then continue to grow and need to be removed. This is rare and may take ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Get it checked: Most likely answer is an inflamed lymph node. If it does not resolve within 2 weeks, then get it checked. Rarely, this could be a tumor or a congeni... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
3 main causes: The 3 most common causes of chronic cough are asthma, reflux disease, and allergies/sinusitis. It sounds like he may have the latter. He could try o... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Could be an option: Therapies for hyperthyroidism are medications, radioactive iodine therapy, and surgery. I would discuss all medical therapies before committing to su... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Air: Most likely air getting pushed back up the top end of the esophagus. I cannot think of a concerning problem that presents this way.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Removal is indicated: Recurrent infection is a very common indication for tonsillectomy in adults.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Unknown: Over the past 5-10 years, it has become apparent that some types of hpv can cause throat cancer (tonsil, base of tongue)--just like with cervical canc... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Many causes: There are many causes if dizziness. Benign paroxysmal position vertigo can cause spinning dizziness with position changes such as looking in certain ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Normal anatomy: The tear duct empties into the nose--specifically, under the inferior turbinate (a bony shelf that hangs from the side wall of the nose. There is a c... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Pain: The biggest difference would be pain. Herpes in the oral cavity hurts, usually quite severely. Fordyce granules are always there and do not cause a pr... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Variable: Most patients get thyroglobulin checked every 12 months. Every 6 months if there is a worry. I think a trend of increasing levels would be more worr... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
NO: Chronic sinusitis can usually be helped with medicines first--antihistamines, nasal steroids, nasal saline irrigation, occasional steroid pills, decon... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
In : In the throat or outside of the neck? Most likely due to the carotid artery. I don't know your age, but as we get older the carotid can bend and twi... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
How : How long have you had symptoms? These symptoms sound like a viral respiratory tract infection. This is also allergy season and many symptoms overlap... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Removal: Hemithyroidectomy is the removal of half the gland and is used to remove an abnormal nodule for diagnosis. Total or subtotal removes all or most of t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Is : Is she on any meications for the illness (ear infection)? Is there a fever? Many viruses can also cuase a rash as well as ear infections. Would r... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Grandmas : Grandmas always say never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear. Actually, it is not uncommon to get the cotton from a q-tip stuck in the ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
I : I agree with dr. Benda above. Eustachian tube problems can cause pressure sensations in the ear and cause muffled hearing, occasional pain, and felli... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Snot : Snot can be many colorsm but that does not always mean infection. Are there any other symptoms of sinusitis: facial pain or pressure, cough, por brea... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Sounds : Sounds like a possible viral upper respiratory tract infection--like a cold. They usually last 7-10 days and do not need any treatment other than may... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Since : Since this is only a couple of days old, it be a viral infection. If symptoms get worse over the next few days, or if they do not improve by a week, ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Yes, : Yes, poor hearing can cause speech and communication delays. Fluid in the middle ears (behind the ear drum, is common after a cold or other respirato... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Sinus : Sinus symptoms that persist longer than 10-14 days, may do better with an antibiotic. See your primary care doctor. Some people who have more chroni... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
As : As above discussed above, the 2 main types are central and obstructive. There are many other types of sleep disorders. A sleep specialist can help w... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Are : Are there any other symptoms? Sore throat, ear pain, fevers, lumps in the neck? How old are you? Any history of smoking? Can you swallow ok? I ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Tonsil : Tonsil stones form when debris builds up in the tonsillar crypts ("craters") or in a pocket that sits above some tonsils. Rarely would someone need t... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Those : Those swollen areas are called lymph nodes (often called glands, but they are not glands). They usually get larger in response to inflammation. Node... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
I : I agree. 1 liter, maybe up to 1.5. 70% of unstimulated saliva (not during eating, smelling, or thinking of food) comes from the submandibular glands... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Typically, : Typically, the ear canal should be able to clear itself of wax (cerumen in "doctor-speak"). Things that may disrupt the normal mechanism are hearing ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Vocal : Vocal abuse is a common cause of hoarseness. Normally voice rest is the best way to help the recovery. Get plenty of fluids (water) to keep the cord... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Blood : Blood from the mouth can be from the mouth, nose, throat, esophagus/stomach, or lungs. If a full evaluation of mouth, nose, throat, and upper GI trac... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Depends on the cause: Symptoms of large goiters or nodules are sue to compression. Over 90% of people get relief from compression after surgery. Problems swallowing can h... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Remnant is bad: Most common hyperthyroidism is grave's disease. You need to do total or subtotal removal because the remnant can still cause problems. Surgeons used... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Difficult to know: As a surgeon, I have heard this complaint on occasion. There are many causes of weight gain, and thyroid levels are only one. Have you discussed thi... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
No: As a surgeon, I am biased. The rate of recurrent laryngeal nerve paralysis should be 1% or lower. It will never be zero. 50% will recover and there... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
For : For a full evaluation of lumps in the neck, definitely see a doctor. Small, soft lumps are usually not dangerous. We have 70-80 lymph nodes in each ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
This : This may be a lymphnode that is inflammed. Many things can cause this, possible something related to your teeth or mouth. These can sometimes be ten... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
This : This is likely due to eustachian tube problems caused by the sinus infection. The antibiotics will clear the infection and help with the inflammation... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Hard : Hard to know from the description. You have 75-80 lymph nodes in each side of the neck. If they persist for more than 2-3 weeks, they should be chec... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
A : A tear in the lining of the esophagus will repair itself. It is likely that you were kept from eating to make sure the tear was not deeper, going thr... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 23 years experience
This : This is excessive swelling and should be seen asap. Typically an expanding hematoma (collection of blood in the wound bed where the thyroid lobe was ... Read More

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Dec 16, 2012
I have wanted to write this review for almost 5 months. Each time I began to compose something I couldn't put into words the type of person Dr. Michael Wolfe is. Frankly, I find it almost insulting ...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Wolfe is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wolfe is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! This seems like the exact cause of my right ear hearing loss since my flight on 9/13/14
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much looking for better results in the near future!
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Thank you, your quick reply made me feel good! Helped me with the same concern this person had.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington School of Medicine, WA
Graduated 1998MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

University of Utah

Residency

University Health Care

Awards

Best Doctors, Seattle Met Magazine
Alpha Omega Alpa Medical Honor Society
Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

Affiliations

American Academy of Otolaryngology
American College of Surgeons
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Publications

Head and Neck Cancer
Invasive Fungal Sinusitis by Scytalidium dimidiatum
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