Sinus Surgery

Benefits of Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation

January 13, 2021

4 minutes

Reviewed by Michael Kaplan, MD

If you’re struggling with persistent Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), you may be interested in learning the benefits of Eustachian tube balloon dilation. Some at-home remedies, over-the-counter medications, and even simple procedures can help reduce these symptoms, but often do not provide lasting results. For long-term relief, more and more people are looking to Eustachian tube dysfunction treatment

Here, the sinus professionals at Kaplan Sinus Relief answer some frequently asked questions about this procedure and discuss the benefits of Eustachian tube balloon dilation. 

What is Eustachian tube balloon dilation?

The Eustachian tube is a small tube that connects your throat to your middle ear inside of your eardrum. When this tube gets inflamed or there is mucus buildup, it  can result in a painful difference in pressure in the ear. Symptoms of ETD include ringing in the ears (tinnitus), a clogged sensation in your ears, muffled sounds, and ear pain in one or both ears.

Eustachian tube balloon dilation in Houston helps unclog your Eustachian tube in a way that delivers long-lasting results. 

During the procedure, Dr. Kaplan will first give you local anesthesia to numb the inside of your nose. Then, he uses an endoscopic tool to gently place a tiny, uninflated balloon in the Eustachian tube. Next, he dilates the balloon, expanding and opening the tube’s pathway while relieving the pressure and pain in your ear. 

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The benefits of Eustachian tube balloon dilation

We understand that the word “procedure” can be daunting. Fortunately, the nature of the Eustachian tube balloon dilation procedures along with the many benefits of Eustachian tube balloon dilation may alleviate your fears.  

Eusutachian tube balloon dilation is… 

  • Safe: Eustachian tube balloon dilation is proven to be a very safe procedure with a high success rate. It’s non-invasive and, unlike other procedures for the treatment of ETD, does not involve any incisions
  • Effective: Many ENT doctors have found that Eustachian balloon dilation is one of the most effective procedures for Eustachian tube dysfunction treatment, with almost immediate results.
  • Quick: Eustachian tube balloon dilation can be completed in around 3 minutes
  • In-office: The entire procedure can be performed, without your having to visit a hospital.
  • Long-lasting: OTC ETD treatments require that patients take medication on a daily basis. Meanwhile, other procedures tend to only offer temporary relief (around 6 months worth). 

Frequently asked questions about the Eustachian tube balloon dilation procedure

How long does Eustachian tube balloon dilation last?

While Eustachian tube balloon dilation is a relatively new procedure, most patients report long-lasting relief from ETD. Typically, there shouldn’t be any need for a touch-up after your procedure. Be sure to call Dr. Kaplan if you do experience any complications. 

Does Eustachian balloon dilation hurt? 

This treatment is practically painless! Most patients experience little to no pain since this procedure requires no incisions and is coupled with local anesthesia for maximum comfort. 

What is the Eustachian tube dilation surgery recovery time? 

After the procedure, you’ll be able to return home within one to two hours after your operation. Most patients can return to work within the next 24 hours. Regular activities can likely resume the next day, but it is always advised to take the next day to rest. 

What is the Eustachian tube dilation success rate? 

Multiple studies have shown that the Eustachian tube balloon dilation procedure has a success rate above 90%! Most sinus surgeons report having satisfied patients who have said this surgery relieved them of their ETD and improved their quality of life overall. 

Get lasting results at Kaplan Sinus Relief

Untreated Eustachian tube dysfunction can make life a lot less enjoyable, but relief is not far away. At Kaplan Sinus Relief, we have helped countless Houstonians free themselves from frustrating, chronic ETD symptoms and complications. 

Discover the benefits of Eustachian tube balloon dilation for yourself. Call Kaplan Sinus Relief today at 713-766-1818 or request an appointment online today. 

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