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Dr. John Christophel

ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
Charlottesville, VA
18 years experience male

Locations

University of Virginia Health System

Charlottesville, VA

Address

415 Ray C. Hunt Dr., Charlottesville, VA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

Dr. Christophel enjoys offering his patients the full spectrum of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Services include facial trauma, reconstructive and aesthetic rhinoplasty, cleft lip and palate repair, facial reconstruction after treatment for skin cancer, laser treatment for congenital and aesthetic problems, and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Christophel is specifically trained to perform facial plastic surgery. He does not perform plastic surgery on the lower body.

Specialties
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ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

35 Answers
6 Agrees
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Depends on age of fx: If the fracture is relatively new (less than two weeks), it is likely reducible. Also depends on what bone is displaced. If it is a large bone with ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
It depends: If the skin edges are approximated (e.g. Sutures) it takes about a week. If left open to heal, can take longer depending on how wide the cut is. Onc... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Generally no: Tonsillitis refers to inflammation of the tonsils. Losing your voice is laryngitis. If you have an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus, it... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
It depends: If you had a deep burn then the scar will likely be with you until you die. If just a superficial burn, the redness will fade over the course of a fe... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Most likely yes: If you have major symptoms (e.g. Purulent rhinorrhea, facial pain, nasal congestion, fever, or toothache) for more than 7 days, your doctor should con... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Long Time: Bone healing happens very slowly. At around 6 weeks, fractures have enough strength to tolerate some load and enough mineralization to show up on an ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
See a doctor: You may have an infection and may need antibiotics. If infection involves the cartilage of your tragus, want to treat it early so you don't loose som... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Its natural: Your skin (epidermis) is a natural, porous barrier to the outside world. It keeps the fluid inside your body. When you scrape off skin, or have a br... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Many: Vertigo (true room spinning sensation) is often caused by problems with the inner ear or with the brain. Things that affect the brain include trauma,... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Otitis media?: Do you mean an infection behind the eardrum, often called otitis media? A true "inner ear" infection is rare and serious. It involves the labyrinth/... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
See an ENT doctor: Meniere's is difficult to "treat" permanently, but can often be "managed." what type of management depends on how bad your symptoms are and what leve... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
It depends: This depends on what is causing your hearing loss. You should see an otolaryngologist (ent specialist).
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Might be reflux: The burning could be from some "silent reflux" where small amounts of stomach acid are causing irritation in your throat.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
No: Common to have some eye irritation that could present as eye redness. However, if you are having tears that fall down your face, I would see your sur... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Not always: Breaking the nose usually refers to "osteotomies" or the controlled cutting of the nasal bones. This is done to the upper third of the nose when the ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Yes but,: Will likely just leave more scar tissue as the minor salivary glands tend fibrose after trauma (surgery).
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
It depends: If just bruised soft tissue of the lip and nose, swelling will likely go down in a week. If broke your nose, will likely take much longer.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Many ways: The eustachian tube connects the very back of your nose to the middle ear. This tube is generally collapsed shut at rest and must be opened to allow ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Could be your uvula: Smoking marijuana can cause swelling of the uvula which can give you the choking sensation.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Long term yes: You will develop a tolerance to the drugs in nyquil and you will need them to go to sleep.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
It depends: If you had a fracture, the nature of the rehabilitation depends on the type of surgery used to repair. If you had hardware placed, you will usually g... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Depends on laser: Many freckles can be addressed with IPL (intense pulsed light) but if freckles are dark and prominent, may require laser. This can generally be done ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
It depends: If your scars are relatively new (within 6 months), there is evidence that application of silicone sheeting or gel to the scar can help it fade. Sili... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Middle ear infection: An inner ear infection is very rare and can be very serious. However, you may be referring to otitis media, which is an infected collection of fluid ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
It depends: It is very unusual for a scar to be painful. If the area of pain is in the forehead, it is possible that you fractured the bone over the frontal sinu... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Very Common: Nasal congestion is very common in pregnancy. Antihistamines, cromolyn sodium, beclomethasone are a few medications that have been studied and not sh... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Yes and NO: Generally means your ear drum has ruptured. Usually means that infection will resolve, but also means you have damaged your ear drum. Good news is t... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
See an ENT doctor!: You may have a dysosmia which needs to be worked up by a doctor. Most likely, the cause is an underlying chronic sinus infection.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
If untreated. : In the 1920s, there were an estimated 100, 000 to 200, 000 cases of diphtheria per year in the United States, causing 13, 000 to 15, 000 deaths per ye... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Can be: Usually recommend a combination of neomycin, polymyxin b, and hydrocortisone.
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Soon after puberty: The facial skeleton generally matures in the later teen years. For this reason, elective surgery (e.g. Rhinoplasty) is delayed until the nose has st... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
See a doctor: Could be one of many causes and you need to have a doctor look in your ear to see if there is an infection.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
You don't: Whether or not to cauterize your nose depends on the source of the bleeding. If it is coming from the front part of the septum, cauterization is usua... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Christophel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 18 years experience
See an ENT doctor: There are numerous causes of what you describe. Go see an ENT doctor so they can perform nasal endoscopy (place a small fiberoptic camera in your nos... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Christophel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower10
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Christophel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Christophel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! thanks. what kind of specialist should I look for? general or ENT
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thabk you so much
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Thanks for your quick reply! Good to know. Thanks

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Virginia School of Medicine, VA
Graduated 2004MD

Residency

University of VIRGINIA MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Charlottesville Region, VA - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Charlottesville Region, VA - Summer
2013
Top Otolaryngologist, First Place, Virginia - Summer
2013
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