Eustachian Tube Dilation
Medical management for eustachian tube dysfunction include medications such as allergy pills, oral decongestants, and nasal steroid sprays. Surgical treatment is usually indicated if medical management fails.
The technique of eustachian tube dilation using a saline-filled balloon catheter has recently been used and shown in studies to be beneficial in managing chronic eustachian tube dysfunction. According to a recently published study, about 70% of patients achieve successful long-term results after the procedure.
Frequently, Nevada Sinus Relief performs this procedure in conjunction with balloon sinus dilation in the office setting. The procedure itself is comfortable for the patient and takes approximately 2 minutes per side.
Currently, Dr. Sikand and his staff are participating in a nationwide research study to further evaluate the technique of eustachian tube dilation.