Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation

Dr Rao’s ENT Super Speciality Hospital is proud to be the first ENT Hospital in India to offer Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation procedure which is widely used globally to treat Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. In our constant quest to bring the best global ENT practices and standards to India, we have recently started offering the surgical procedure at our state of the art international super speciality ENT hospital.

What is Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation?

Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation is an endoscopic nasal procedure to treat Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD) which causes ear pain, fullness of ear, muffled hearing, and dizziness. This procedure is based on the idea that temporary dilatation of the eustachian tube can improve symptoms (loss of hearing, pain and auditory fullness, otorrhea, tinnitus, and dizziness) of patients with tubal dysfunction.

To understand the surgery in more detail, you can refer to a detailed article by Dr GVK Chaitanya Rao here.

Video courtesy – Acclarent

Live demonstration of Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation surgery performed by Dr GVK Chaitanya Rao, Dr Rao’s ENT

How is the surgery performed?

Using an endoscope the Balloon Dilation system is inserted through the nose to the back of the nasal cavity where the Eustachian Tube is located. The balloon dilation device has a curved, hook-like tip through which the deflated balloon is inserted into the Eustachian tube.

The balloon once inserted to the correct length as marked by the indicator on the balloon is inflated to open up the pathway for mucus and air to flow through the tube. After the tube is dilated, the surgeon deflates and removes the balloon.

How long does it take to recover from the surgery?

The surgery is normally performed under general or local anesthesia and there is no pain related to the procedure. The postoperative period is practically painless, allowing patients to return to their normal lives within a few hours.

What is the success rate of the surgery?

Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation procedure has been very effective globally in treating ETD. The same has been established through many peer reviewed studies and is approved by the US FDA.

Some key statistics are below –

  • Great improvement in quality of life
  • Improvement in tympanogram measurements of middle ear pressure
  • 99% of patients were free from retractions of tympanic membrane after the procedure
  • In the long term, 87% of the patients showed persistent improvement in symptoms at 34 months follow-up

Why Dr Rao’s ENT?

Best Success Rate – Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation surgery, when conducted by an expert surgeon, delivers very successful outcomes. Dr Rao’s ENT houses the best ENT specialists in India, equipped with world-class infrastructure.

Facilities Available

World Class Technology

  • HD Endoscopes – Provides precise visualisation. Ensures minimal invasive surgical procedure.
  • Zeiss Vario Microscope (Germany) – Brings neurosurgical precision to ENT surgeries.
  • Lumenis AcuPulse DUO with complete ENT accessories (USA) – Customised beam delivery for superior clinical results and improved patient safety.
Our panel of ENT experts

Based on several global peer-reviewed studies, Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation has been proven to be highly successful with 99% prevention of retraction and great improvement in quality of life.

Based on the available studies the safety and tolerability of balloon dilation in adults in good. In very few cases, we have observed mild adverse effects. These effects can be treated using local decongestants and are usually self-limiting.

The most frequent adverse event has been the appearance of slight bleeding in the nasopharyngeal region. Otitis media and emphysema have also been observed in the facial area in some cases.

The procedure is totally safe with mild adverse effects such as slight bleeding in very rare cases. The global success rate for the surgery is 99.7 %.

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