Willis-Knighton and Blue Cross Blue Shield

Willis-Knighton and Blue Cross are in active dialogue regarding renewal of the agreement to provide care for members in our market. Blue Cross and Blue Shield payments are well below market rates. These payments are not sufficient to cover the inflationary costs and technological advances required to provide the best care to patients in WK’s hospitals, physician offices, as well as ancillary and outpatient care sites throughout Northwest Louisiana. Our 450 multispecialty providers value their relationship with their patients, and we hope that Blue Cross will continue to allow its members to receive the highest quality of care from physicians they know and trust.

Ark-La-Tex Ear, Nose & Throat and Hearing Center strives to provide superior and compassionate care for patients with disorders of the ears, nose and throat. We serve all of our adult and pediatric patients with respect, courtesy and empathy, using evidence-based medicine and the most advanced equipment and techniques while maintaining the highest ethical standards. Dr. Michael Beal and Dr. Brett Koder, as well as audiologist Dr. Andrea Dean, work with a dedicated staff to exceed your expectations and improve your health and quality of life.

Our specialty is otolaryngology, the medical specialty that focuses on the ears, nose and throat, also known as ENT. We are pleased to serve patients in the Shreveport/Bossier City area as well as Mansfield and the surrounding area.

Now Offering Balloon Sinus Surgery

Balloon Sinus SurgeryWhen conventional treatments for long-term sinus conditions do not work, Doctors Beal and Koder are pleased to offer patients an exceptional sinus procedure to relieve sinusitis.

The balloon sinuplasty procedure has been shown to be just as effective as conventional sinus surgery, and since it can be performed in our office, it’s much less intimidating than surgery in the hospital.

Other Benefits:

  • Minimally-Invasive: Small, soft, flexible devices are used to gently open blocked sinuses
  • Faster Recovery: Many patients can return to normal activity in just 24 hours.
  • Reduced Bleeding: Because no tissue or bone is removed during this surgery, in most cases there is reduced bleeding and that means you won’t have large gauze packs stuffed up your nose.
  • In-Office Procedure: Because balloon sinuplasty can be performed in our office as an outpatient procedure, you’ll have a lower co-pay than if it were performed in the hospital.
  • Does Not Limit Treatment: Balloon sinuplasty can be used with other treatments/techniques, and it does not limit future treatment options if your sinus disease progresses. 


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7847 Youree Drive
Shreveport, LA 71105

(318) 212-3960 (Office)
(318) 212-3907 (Fax)