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Dr. Michael Wolfe

Head & Neck Surgery
Sammamish, WA
25 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
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Head & Neck Surgery

ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Surgery - Head & Neck

Languages spoken

English, German

Doctor Q&A

189 Answers
46 Agrees
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Fine if levels OK: The main purposes of thyroid hormone after treatment for thyroid cancer are to replace what your body needs and to suppress cancer growth. This is do... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Insurance can help: Often, insurance will pay if you are having problems breathing. Anything that is done to make it look better will be considered cosmetic and you wil... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Unknown: Most thyroid cancers are asymptomatic and are found after a lump develops in the neck or they are found quite by coincidence. There are many causes o... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Converted from T4: The body has enzymes that convert the T4 to t3 (liothyronine). T3 (liothyronine) is the actual workhorse of the thyroid hormones and there is less of... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Rupture?: By popped do you mean rupture. An acute infection can cause the eardrum to rupture. This can be painful and is followed by drainage of the pus from ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Probably: Other symptoms of an ear infection are hearing loss, pressure, fever, associated with a cold. There are other causes of ear pain not related to the e... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Sniff: Most nose bleeds are from dry nasal lining. Saline sprays several times a day can help. Try not to removed scabs/crusts--like any other scab, if they... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Throat burn: Throat burning with certain foods may be due to reflux of acid in the throat. You can have this without the typical reflux symptom of heartburn. Ot... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Inflammation: Allergies or viral illnesses will cause you to need to blow your nose a lot. They can also cause inflammation that will affect your sense of smell. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Medical therapy: Chronic sinusitis should be treated with medical therapy that includes allergy medicines, irrigation, several weaks of antibiotics. If you are still ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Guaifenesin: Guaifenesin is the generic for mucinex (guaifenesin). It can also be found in Robitussin and other medicines with multipurpose uses. It is an expecto... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
That is excessive: 5 nosebleeds in one day seems excessive and must be very disruptive. You should see an otolaryngologist for an assessment and possible cautery. Most... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Not to worry. : Sinus drainage and a sore throat for a few days sounds like a virus. It may get worse over the next couple days these upper respiratory infections sho... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Hard to lnow: Likely it is something quite benign. I have seen lipomas (fatty tumors), sebaceous cysts, osteomas (benign bony tumors). These are easily distinguishe... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Occasionally : Occasionally titanium tubes are used. The type of tube that is used is usually the preference of the surgeon. Most tubes will stay 3-12 months, and ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
This : This is very common. It is unlikely that a pill will last in your throat for that long. They usually dissolve or finally pass. What happens is that... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Resetting : Resetting nasal anatomy to a more normal alignment is tricky. Doing it yourself is not advised--we have all heard the stories and watched the movies ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Did : Did you have the problem before the medications? Many meds can thicken saliva and mucus--this is typically only a nuisance problem and not a danger. ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Nausea : Nausea after surgery can be common. At his point, the most common cause would be the narcotic pain medicine. 4 days after surgery is often the peak ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Sounds : Sounds like circumvallate papillae--normal structures on the back of the tongue. They can be hard to see since they are at about or just beyond the "... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Lumps : Lumps in the neck can be normal anatomic structures: submandibular glands, carotid bulbs (normal bulbous area of the carotid artery just before it spl... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Viral : Viral upper respiratory tract infections usually last 7-10 days or should at least be improving by then. You may be a bit early yet. The chance of h... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
The : The feeling of a lump in the throat is called "globus." the most common cause of the feeling is inflammation. It can be stress induces and very infr... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Yes, : Yes, sometimes it takes a few days before an antibiotic helps. If it is not improving after a couple of days, you may have to go back. It is importa... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Has : Has he tried to plug his nose and blow to gently push air into the ear? Divers will do this to protect the ears as they go deeper under water. These... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
A : A problem seen frequently is a stuffed and/or runny nose with eating. This is called vasomotor rhinitis. It is seen more in elderly people, but can ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Wax : Wax would not clear on its own and get bad agin in the morning. It may be that your eustachian tubes that clear the pressure in your ears are getting... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
This : This is an age old question. The truth of the matter is that the removal of the tonsils and adenoids has never been shown to lower someone's immune s... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
This : This could be eustachian tube disorder, but the fact that others can hear the crackling makes me think that another option could be your jaw joint--th... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Problems : Problems with thick mucous is very common as we get older. Luckily it is more of a nuisance that a dangerous issue. Mostly, i tell my patients ways ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Excellent : Excellent question. I think you are right, if you never had the sense of smell you will likely not get it. It may be due to other problems (allergie... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
The : The obstruction causing snoring is not dangerous, but is a nuisance. An oral appliance can help. Obstruction causing apnea is dangerous. It will ca... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
It : It is difficult to link the various symptoms into any one thing that can cause them all. They may not be related. Things that can cause all these th... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
A : A cold or other upper respiratory tract infection can cause the eusachian tubes to swell and not allow them to relieve the pressure in the middle ear.... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Any : Any other symptoms? Ear pain can be from the ear (infection, trauma, etc.). It can be from other things like inflammation of the jaw joint, throat... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Any : Any fevers? This may be a viral syndrome. I would also worry about the flu--sore throat, headaches, cough, body aches. Usually this should be self ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
You : You could try to bend your neck in several directions to get the fluid out. Bending over could work, but be careful because bending low can cause ble... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
You : You may have had a reaction to the adhesives in the band-aid. You can try a steroid cream. You should never use this on the face for a prolonged per... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
If : If this is persistent, it should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist (ENT) with an audiogram (hearing test). The most common cause of tinnitus is hea... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Varies: Typically, ones feels better after several days, but stamina and feeling run down can last 2-3 weeks. This can vary widely, but you should expect to g... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
It's possible.: There is no way to recommend tonsillectomy without a comprehensive history and physical. The most common reason to remove tonsils in an adult is due ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
First : First thing to do is pinch the soft part of the nose for 10-15 minutes without looking (that could allow repeat bleeding that will flush out the clot)... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Sudden : Sudden losses of the voice may be due to a hematoma (a collection of blood) in or on the vocal cord. Small blood vessels can rupture from vocal abuse... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Hard : Hard to know from this history. A look in the ear may reveal more wax down by the ear drum. Tinnitus, that noise you are hearing in your ear, is oft... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Other options: Subclinical hyperthyroidism is slightly high levels of thyroid hormone (low tsh) and no symptoms. If you are having symptoms, there are medical thera... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Yes, can be: There are many reasons to have these feelings after surgery and i tell my patients that you may take several weeks to physically and psychologically r... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Ask your surgeon: The best way to find out would be to ask the surgeon who did/is doing the surgery. It would depend on the extent of surgery. I would want my patient... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Flexibility: You can prepare the muscle for activity to prevent muscle strains and tears. It is also important to stretch regularly to improve and maintain flexib... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Varies widely: There is no great answer. For uncomplicated surgery: most have pain especially with swallow for several days, but only need narcotic meds for a week ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
Head & Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Absolutely: After only 1 week, it is normal to have the feelings you are having now. I tell my patients that it may take 2-3 weeks before they feel almost normal... Read More
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Testimonials
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HealthTap member
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
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Wolfe is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wolfe is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
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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