With the new Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System, Dr. Douglas Holmes inserts a small balloon into the Eustachian Tube via the patient’s nose.
Once within the Eustachian Tube, the balloon is inflated in order to create an open pathway for mucus and air to flow through the tube. After a pathway is opened, Dr. Holmes will deflate and remove the balloon.
Prior to this new treatment option, treatment options for ETD were limited to medication and ear tube surgery, which helped to relieve symptoms, but were unable to provide relief from severe complications. In medical studies, the Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation procedure has shown to drastically reduce the need for ear tubes and other ear surgeries.