What is Balloon Dilation of the Eustachian Tube and how does it work?

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Balloon Dilation of the Eustachian tubes is a proven, minimally invasive, simple endoscopic procedure designed to open the blocked Eustachian tube, allowing for adequate airflow and drainage. The goal of balloon eustachian tube dilation dilation is to end the cycle of chronic eustachian tube dysfunction  once and for all. The procedure is pretty straightforward and we perform it in our offices as an outpatient procedure. The balloon dilation of the eustachian tubes procedure is an easy, straightforward recovery. This simple and effective procedure is very expeditious and has very little pain, allowing patients to return to their normal daily activities rapidly.

STEP 1 – Local and topical anesthesia is used to numb the nose and eustachian tube area.

STEP 2 – A tiny catheter (balloon) is inserted into the nose and then into the opening of the Eustachian tube.

STEP 3 – On the end of the catheter is a balloon filled with saline. Once inside the Eustachian tube opening,  the balloon is dilated (or inflated) for about 2 minutes. This widely opens the natural opening of your Eustachian tube.

STEP 4 – The balloon and catheter is removed and the other Eustachian tube is treated in a similar manner.

Eustachian tube balloon dilation recovery is practically effortless! Regular activities may often be resumed the next day. The results of Eustachian tube balloon dilation are lasting, so there shouldn’t be a need for a touch-up procedure. 

Will I Still Need Nasal Medications After The Procedure?

There are many factors that lead to Eustachian tube dysfunction. The procedure addresses the anatomy of the Eustachian tube and helps to facilitate aeration and drainage. There are also physiologic issues that cause Eustachian Tube dysfunction. The use of medications after your procedure will be based on your specific situation and medical issues. Typically our patients are able to see continued relief with fewer medications after this procedure. Of course, this can vary by the patient.

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Balloon Dilation of the Eustachian Tube Results

In clinical studies, Eustachian tube dilation has shown to be safe, simple and highly effective in treating the above listed symptoms. Patients have been shown to find a significant improvement in their preoperative symptoms.

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