Balloon Eustachian Tube Dilatation
The Eustachian tube is the internal channel that connects and ventilates the middle ear chamber with the back of the nose or Nasopharynx. This is the middle ear’s only natural method of ventilation to the outside world. Narrowing or obstruction of the Eustachian tube can result in a number of medical conditions including Eustachian tube dysfunction, Glue ear (Secretory otitis media), Perforated ear drum and cholesteatoma. Up until recently there has been no successful surgical procedure to enlarge the tube. This is now not the case as balloon dilatation of the Eustachian tube has been introduced and is proving to be a very useful technique.
In this technique a small surgical balloon is inserted into the entrance of the Eustachian tube via the patient’s nose. The balloon is gently inflated for 2 minutes, during which time the tube is enlarged. The balloon is then removed. The patients do not feel any pain after the procedure and usually make an excellent and quick recovery.
The results in improving Eustachian tube dysfunction are very good and patients have found it to be very beneficial.