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Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation

ADVENT is known for pioneering balloon technology for the treatment of sinus blockage. We are excited that balloon catheter technology has, finally, been approved by the FDA for use in the treatment of persistent Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.

Eustachian Tube Anatomy ImageThe Eustachian Tubes are small passages that connect the ears to the back of the nose. When the Eustachian Tubes do not work properly, people can notice ear plugging, hearing loss, discomfort, and other on-going frustration. Until now, there has been no treatment available to treat the Eustachian Tubes directly.

ADVENT is one of the few practices in the country to be able to offer this option.

What causes Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

    • It can occur when the mucosal lining of the tube is swollen, or does not open or close properly.
    • It can occur after the start of a cold, or other nose, sinus, ear and throat infections.

 

eustachian-tube-image-for-website3How does the balloon catheter technology work?

A catheter is used to insert a small balloon through the patient’s nose and into the Eustachian Tube. Once inflated, the balloon opens up a pathway for mucus and air to flow through the Eustachian tube. After the Eustachian Tube is dilated, the balloon is deflated and removed.

To find out if you are a candidate for Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation, contact the ADVENT Sinus & Allergy Center at 414-771-6780.