Balloon dilation

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has anyone in this group had the dilation procedure ? MY DR recommends it but as it is a relatively new procedure I'd like to hear from someone who tried this and if it was successful THANKS !

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    Greetings, I have been approved by Medicare for tubeoplasty and at this point I have not made the appointment. I consider this option to be on the table relative to other options: I have purchased two OTC items to help alleviate ETD symptoms. Today a front is moving through with wind and rain and of course ear stuffiness. My regular routine of therapies has not faired well, until

    I modified the valsalva maneuver , by holding

    my nose for a count of five and hearing the ear pop. Once the ear pops the tube opens and fluid drains. My case of ETD is likely incurable , the remedies I use will have to be repeated often. Tubeoplasty is feasible and I may opt for it in the future.

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      from what I have read , cases like mine which developed in my seventies is more likely chronic . Younger folk may have a brighter outlook. Seems like the tissue in and around the tube becomes hardened (age) and does not respond well. The last ENT I visited seemed not to know this?

      in some cases hormones maybe injected to treat the tissue. I should search your threads and peruse you 30 years experience . I could go ahead with tubeoplasty if all else fails Ciao!

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    Greetings, I have a new comment as a follow up to my last submission regarding tubeoplasty and other options. I plan to try all options before having the procedure done. A few days ago after a conference with my partner, I purchased two devices: Navage

    sinus suction/wash; Eustachi etube exerciser.

    Preliminary use report, the Navage is very good. It has resulted in a vast move in the right direction. Too early to rate , and to state at this moment the pesky left etube is open! I have used this device about five times and am pleased. I watched youtube videos to glean knowledge, it does have a caveat on my part is the suction seems intense. The Eustaci so far not helpful. I will keep at it and we will see, it does pop my right etube but left ( the bad one) does not.

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      i am curious if the suction can cause damage or make ETD WORSE if it suctions too hard? the idea of having one nostril sucked out with force seems a bit frightening. please keep us posted. thanks

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    Greetings,

    This is an update to my last thread. Further use of the two devices I purchased three weeks (or so) ago. The Navage system and the Eustachi , have affected a positive result.

    Yes, the etube has been responsive in that last two days it has started to "pop" whereas before I had to use a therapy as mentioned in my prior threads. The use of the two devices bodes well. Again I would advise using sinus wash therapies and becoming acclimated to this before using the Navage. Cheers!

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