ANNOYED AND FRUSTRATED WITH YOUR EARS FEELING PLUGGED UP OR FULL AND ITS NOT WAX? 

ASK US ABOUT EUSTACHIAN TUBE DYSFUNCTION AND ABOUT QUICK  IN-OFFICE EUSTACHIAN TUBE BALLOON DILATION

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Dr. Umang Khetarpal

WHAT IS EUSTACHIAN TUBE DYSFUNCTION​

Eustachian tube dysfunction is a broad term used for when the tubes are not working properly and unable to open and equalize pressures in the middle ear. In children, this is a common problem resulting in frequent ear infections. In adults, it may occur due to allergies, sinus inflammation, or dysfunction of the muscles that open the tubes.

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HOW DOES EUSTACHIAN TUBE BALLOON DILATION WORK?​

Eustachian tube balloon dilation is a novel cutting-edge technology to improve the function of the eustachian tube. The eustachian tubes are tubes or channels that connect the back of the nose on either side with the middle ears behind the eardrum. Their role is to equalize the atmospheric pressure on either side of the eardrum. Muscles that open and close the tubes on either side help with equalizing this pressure especially during flights, swimming, change in weather, scuba diving.

Yawning or popping the ears or even swallowing helps open the eustachian tubes and in neutralizing the pressures inside the middle ear. Eustachian tube dysfunction is a broad term used for when the tubes are not working properly and unable to open and equalize pressures in the middle ear. In children, this is a common problem resulting in frequent ear infections. In adults, it may occur due to allergies, sinus inflammation, or dysfunction of the muscles that open the tubes.

During the quick 15-20 min procedure, a balloon is placed in the affected eustachian tube and dilated for 2 minutes to open the eustachian tubes as the problem occurs when the eustachian tube is not opening and equalizing the pressure. The goal of dilating the tube is to restore the normal tube function will ameliorate the problem.

AWARD-WINNING ENT

Dr. Khetarpal was trained in New York with additional research and clinical training fellowships at the prestigious Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals. He practices in Houston and The Woodlands and is accepting new patients. Call to make your appointment and start getting relief today!

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WE ACCEPT MOST INSURANCE PLANS!

The quick in-office Eustachian Tube Balloon Sinuplasty procedure is covered by most insurance plans. Call our office to book your next office visit with Dr. Khetarpal at Texas Sinus, Allergy, Snoring & Sleep Institute

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TEXAS SINUS, ALLERGY, SNORING, & SLEEP INSTITUTE

 

Board Certified in Otolaryngology-Head, Neck, Facial Plastic Surgery and Sleep Medicine

 

Our team brings advanced sinus care to Houston after practicing in the Rio Grande Valley for many years. We have a background in genetic research in Boston that we are currently utilizing on sinus research.  We were amongst the first few in the country to use image guidance during sinus surgery and balloon sinuplasty in the office.