Do you suffer from ear pain, pressure, congestion, popping or fullness? If you said yes, you are not alone. These symptoms are related to Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD). ETD can also be the leading cause for recurrent ear infections which leads to the need for tube placement. There is now a simple balloon procedure that can be performed to open the pathways. The increased airflow will restore the proper function of maintaining pressure equalization of the ear(s).
The Eustachian Tube Dilation procedure uses a balloon to inflate the opening of the Eustachian Tube. This procedure is minimally invasive and was recently FDA approved in September of 2016. Candidates for the procedure are 18 years and older. During the procedure there is a small device inserted through the nose that has a balloon attached. Once the balloon is properly placed it is slowly dilated to open the pathway for approximately 2 minutes, this is then slowly deflated and removed. There is very little to no recovery with this procedure. Please see one of our Physicians to determine if you would be a candidate.